13. Science on trial

When James E. Tyrrell Jr. is not around, other lawyers in the wide circles of power and privilege he travels in sometimes refer to him as “the master of disaster,” with a precarious balance of both antipathy and respect. Super Lawyers magazine was one of the first to use that sobriquet to describe Tyrrell, an admiring nod to his work representing corporate clients enmeshed in some of the nastiest legal calamities of the last century. Tyrrell is widely known as a fierce and precise opponent, a champion debater who knows the law and how to use it to the advantage of his clients, who, not surprisingly, love him and pay mightily for his services. The same is not true of his opponents and critics, who accuse him of being rapacious ...

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