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Episode 07 - Diane Sullivan - Weil, Gotshal & Manges: Behind the Trial [PODCAST]

Episode 07 of Behind the Trial features an interview with Diane Sullivan of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. Diane is considered one of the most prominent trial lawyers, having secured high stake defense verdicts in high stakes trials for clients such as for Johnson & Johnson, ESPN, GE, Merck, and Philip Morris, among others.

Diane went Behind the Trial to share her unique experience arguing cases on behalf of pharmaceutical companies in product liability and antitrust matters.  She reminisced about her upbringing in New Jersey, where competitive sports helped prepare her for the courtroom and taught her the importance of winning...and losing. Diane also dived deeper on a variety of topics throughout the episode including the underrepresentation of women in the trial bar, the use of mock trials in shaping strategy, and the decline of the jury trial in America.

In this episode of Behind the Trial, learn how Alice in Wonderland images played a role in one of Diane’s high profile wins, the importance of being "within striking distance" before closing argument, and how Grey's Anatomy brought her team together during late nights prepping for trial.

Recent Episodes:

Click here to listen to Episode 6 of Behind the Trial with William Alsup.

Click here to listen to Episode 5 (part 2) of Behind the Trial with with David Boies.

Click here to listen to Episode 4 (part 1) of Behind the Trial with David Boies

Click here to listen to Episode 3 of Behind the Trial with Elkan Abramowitz.

Click here to listen to Episode 2 (part 2) of Behind the Trial with Evan R. Chesler

Click here to listen to Episode 1 (part 1) of Behind the Trial with Evan R. Chesler

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From the very start, our lawyers employ a collaborative thesis development process, through which we identify pertinent legal, factual, and commercial issues. Then, we develop a comprehensive strategy that effectively drives the process from discovery through trial or other resolution.