Torts: Nothing Beats Money

The airy decor of the law office cried welcome to the shyest member of the accident-prone public, recalls Oklahoma City Lawyer Byrne A. Bow man. "An older woman greeted me with all the kindliness and warmth of an Irish policeman's mother." On the walls were about 60 framed photographs of checks for large amounts. They represented awards in damage suits and clearly implied that "there is nothing like money." On the waiting-room table was "a poop-sheet of the trade organization of personal-injury lawyers. It was advertising a seminar on how to get the big verdicts." As a "plodding...