Lawyers behaving badly

(Walter Olson online writings by topic)

For regularly updated commentaries on this subject as well as outside links, see my site, launched July 1999.


The Litigation Explosion discusses legal ethics in detail; some excerpts are online (see below).  This category considerably overlaps others such as litigation, media criticism and criminal justice.

"Big Guns" (origins of firearms litigation), Reason, October 1999.

"Thanks for the Memories" (lawyers' coaching of witnesses), June 1998 (& subsequent letters exchange with William Hodes)

"Framing Texaco," American Spectator, February 1997.

"New Trends in Highway Robbery", review of Accidentally, On Purpose by Ken Dornstein, Wall Street Journal, December 20, 1996.

"Will Trial-Lawyer Cash Corrupt Our Courts?," Investor's Business Daily, November 14, 1996.

"Breast Wishes", review of Science on Trial by Marcia Angell, National Review, November 11, 1996.

"Lawyers with Stethoscopes: Clients Beware", Manhattan Institute Civil Justice Memo #26, June 1996.

"A Small Canadian Firm Meets the American Tort Monster", Wall Street Journal, February 14, 1996.

"Taming the Litigators: Why Not More Disclosure?", Manhattan Institute Civil Justice Memo #24, February 1996.

"Tobacco Analysts Meet the Plaintiff's Lawyers", Wall Street Journal, August 30, 1995.

A Story That Doesn’t Have a Leg To Stand On,” Wall Street Journal, March 27, 1995.

"Can the nation’s lawyers ‘lick’ the GOP’s agenda?", Chicago Tribune, March 1, 1995.

"Juries on Trial", review of The Jury by Stephen J. Adler and We the Jury by Jeffrey Abramson, Reason, February 1995.

At Law: Divorce Court New York Style”, City Journal, Spring 1993.

"Exposing the ‘Experts’ Behind the Sexy Exposes", Washington Post, February 28, 1993.

"Professional Victims", City Journal, Winter 1993 (sidebar to larger story, “Sue City: New York’s Stake in Lawsuit Reform”).

"Sue City: The Case Against the Contingency Fee", excerpt from The Litigation Explosion, Policy Review, Winter 1991 [in two parts] [part one] [part two]

Excerpt from The Litigation Explosion, Medical Economics, September 16, 1991 [in two parts] [part one] [part two]

"How Greedy Can You Get?" (class actions; excerpt from The Litigation Explosion) Across the Board, July 1991.

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