Jeffrey Birnbaum Washington Bureau Chief, Fortune magazine Author of several books including The Lobbyists (Crown Publishing Group, 1992)
Fred Baron President, Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Philip Howard Litigator, Covington and Burling Author, The Lost Art of Drawing the Line (Random House, 2001)
Victor Schwartz General Counsel, American Tort Reform Association
Last month, the Senate passed the "Patients' Bill of Rights." President Bush has condemned it as a victory for trial lawyers. The bill allows patients to sue their HMO's in state courts, giving the lawyers plenty of work. Trial lawyers, how much power do they wield?