Rick Black and Jake McShane are former law school classmates with very different approaches to life and the law. Rick is a brilliant, ultracompetitive trial lawyer who believes winning is everything. He openly mocks the legal system, claiming that a lawyer who is a great storyteller can fool a jury every time. He is determined to exploit that weakness in our system, regardless of the havoc that wreaks on innocent lives. When an upstanding pillar of the community is victimized by Rick’s unscrupulous tactics, Jake is determined to bring his former classmate to justice—if he can do so without sacrificing his own integrity. Their approaches, skills and convictions are put to the test when they clash as opposing counsel in a high-stakes class action lawsuit. Dirty tricks, intimidation, intrigue—even homicide—become part of the backdrop as the litigation unfolds. Consequential Damages is a compelling legal drama full of twists, turns and suspense. And, it will make you think!
About the Author
Joseph Hayes is an attorney and chief ethics officer for a Fortune 1000 Company based in Houston, Texas. He is widely considered to be one of the foremost experts in his field and is a frequent speaker before industry groups, employees and students on legal and ethical issues. He is also an award-winning novelist. His critically acclaimed first book, When No One is Watching, is partly a political thriller and partly a morality tale, dealing with ethics, personal responsibility and making a difference. Mr. Hayes is a native of Chicago. He received his undergraduate degree from De Paul University and his law degree from the University of California at Berkeley. He currently lives in the Houston area with his wife, Susan, and their 3 children.