The Nation: The President's Lawyer: A Punishing Adversary

Not long after he finished Harvard Law School, James Draper St. Clair made his reputation as a superbly skilled trial lawyer in a 1954 dispute—over cranberries. His client, Cape Cod Food Products, Inc., sued the National Cranberry Association, now Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc., charging attempted monopoly. Typically, St. Clair not only immersed himself in the legal issues but also diligently learned everything about cranberries, including how weather and flooding affect them. In court he meticulously demolished the association's case. St. Clair won treble damages of $525,000 for his client and rare praise in court from Judge Charles E. Wyzanski Jr., who...

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