Woman Wins Her Way into Elite Lawyers' Club

Date:01-01-1999
Publication:Reuters Reporter
Author:Gail Appleson
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Attorney(s):Judith A. Livingston
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Summary:Judith Livingston was profiled in this article, which describes her as "now one of the most successful female personal injury lawyers in the country." Thanks to seven awards exceeding $1 million (at the time of the article), Ms. Livingston became the first woman to be accepted into the Inner Circle of Advocates, a club reserved to only 100 members at any time. The powerful lawyers in the Circle must have brought 25 cases to trial and won at least one jury verdict of $1 million. Up to then, Ms. Livingston's largest verdict was $7.8 million.

"There is a traditional image of a trial lawyer and what a successful trial lawyer should be. I'm far from that image, I know that," Ms. Livingston was quoted saying. "I think what a lot of people don't realize when they go into court is they really have to be themselves and not pretend to be something they're not." She added, "I like combat."

When Ms. Livingston started out, she had to wait for her first case. "It was one of those 'what-are-we-doing-with-this' cases," she said. A doctor had told a patient with multiple sclerosis to use a heating pad. He got severely burned because patients with multiple sclerosis do not have heat sensitivity. "When I won a $100,000 verdict," Ms. Livingston said, "everybody was totally shocked."