Mitchell Stephens: People immediately assume we're greedy, that it's money we're after, people call us proctologists of the profession, and, yes, there's lots of those. But the truth is, the good ones, we'd make the same moves for a single shekel as for a ten-million-dollar settlement. Because it's anger that drives us and delivers us. It's not any kind of love, either -- love for the underdog or the victim, or whatever you want to call them. Some litigators like to claim that. The losers. No, what it is, we're permanently pissed off, the winners, and practicing law is a way to be socially useful at the same time, that's all.
Russell Banks, The Sweet Hereafter (1991)