Synopses & Reviews
When the Exxon Valdez oil tanker ran aground, spewing millions of gallons of crude oil off the south coast of Alaska, Brian O'Neill sprang into action. A young maverick lawyer and a brash idealist from an unusually blue-chip firm, O'Neill assembled an expert legal team and geared up to do battle with Exxon in the courts.
After five years of siege warfare, O'Neill and his team won one of the greatest bonanzas in legal history. But along the way careers and marriages were destroyed, a juror contemplated suicide, and the total cost to Exxon came to over $5 billion. High-stakes damage suits will never be the same.
Thanks to unparalleled access to key players, including O'Neill and Joe Hazelwood, captain of the Exxon Valdez, David Lebedoff offers a gripping narrative and anatomy of one of the most riveting civil trials ever.