This is your first film. Why did you decide to focus on tort reform?
I practiced law for 25 years and knew that most people had a completely distorted view of our civil justice system. People are voting against their own self-interest or signing contracts without knowing what's in them, and I wanted to make sure they knew what they were doing.
What kind of law did you practice?
I started out as a public interest lawyer, but my specialty was medical malpractice.
Can you briefly define "tort reform"?
It's a term that was made up by large corporate interests, but it essentially refers to the different ways people are giving up their rights to access the court system. Reform implies that it's a good thing, but really it just helps corporations be less accountable and make more money.
Is there another term that might describe it more accurately?
How about "tort deform."
Do you worry that the topic might be too technical for the lay person?
I was warned that might be the case, but I knew from trying cases how to tell a story. And I knew that even though the subject matter appears dry, the people who suffer from these wrongs aren't dry at all. They have real, relatable stories. Most of us haven't gone through what they've gone through, but we can still identify with them.