Trials: An Attorney & His Client

A white-haired man shuffled into Los Angeles superior court. His pants cuffs spilled two inches over his shoes. A wide necktie flopped across his rumpled blue shirt, his collar tabs curled like potato chips. He was Arthur Garrett, 63, lawyer for the plaintiff—who also happened to be Arthur Garrett.

The defendant was the one corporate entity that many Americans would give their digit-dial Princesses to see haled into court: the telephone company. On behalf of Client Garrett, Attorney Garrett was suing the Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Co. The specifics were a little vague, but they amounted to a charge of continued...

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