Fighting For Truth, Justice And The American Way: Superman? No, It’s The Trial Bar!
November 13, 2008
“We are the most important people in America,” famed trial lawyer Gerry Spence proclaimed to a rapturous crowd – and who in the audience of 500 personal injury lawyers would argue? (Hat tip to the Illinois Civil Justice League for turning us on to Mr. Spence’s absurd puffery.)
Ever the peacock, Mr. Spence wasn’t done spreading his feathers:
“I want to ask you which would be more important: If all the doctors in the country somehow disappeared or all the trial lawyers in America somehow disappeared?”
Fortunately for Mr. Spence, he was speaking to what may be the only audience in the world that values ambulance chasers over ambulance drivers: “We can live without medical care, but we cannot live without justice,” he boomed.
But elevating greedy trial lawyers above mere life-saving physicians is nothing, and Mr. Spence was just warming up.
“There is no other profession in America that fights for freedom, that fights for what America is about…”
Was it just bad timing or some sort of cosmic justice that Mr. Spence made this preposterous claim on Veterans Day? Perhaps a trip to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is in order.