Caperton Saga Leaves 15-Year Imprint on Reed Smith Duo

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Stanley said a lot of unpaid attorney time went into the case under his name and that carries a risk. But as a result of Caperton's suits, there were other cases the attorneys got against Massey and Blankenship that did result in fees earned.

"Chasing Don has not always been bad for our bottom line," Stanley said.

The other positive for Reed Smith is that it shows the firm's clients the firm doesn't ever leave a client behind, Stanley said.

On the personal side, Stanley's wife and two kids went through the ups and downs of these cases with him.

"Sometimes you hate the things you put your family through," Stanley said. "I know there's times I've sacrificed family time and time with my kids. I [was at my] wit's end and not the friendliest. So I don't know what the true cost of these cases is. I don't know. I just don't know."

But at the end of the day, even his daughters have learned valuable lessons from Stanley's work on the case. "Stick to it. Play hard, but fair," he said.

Leamer recounts in his book the toll the case took on Fawcett's family life. Fawcett didn't mention much of that other than to say his son was 1 when the case began and is now 15.

"I look at it all from a positive standpoint first. The fact that we still have a chance of obtaining justice. Beyond that I think of the whole time as a time where I was able to work with lots and lots of really great lawyers and paralegals too," he said.

When he took on this case, Fawcett admits he thought he could handle anything by himself. TheCaperton matters quickly taught him the value of help and reinforcements.

The matter has had both positive and negative effects on his practice. Fawcett chalks it up to the normal course of practicing law, with some cases moving quickly and others taking a lot longer.

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