Negligence lawyers now often are classed with criminal lawyers, in public opinion, as the "black sheep" of the legal profession. In the minds of many average Americans, there is something vaguely disreputable about lawyers who specialize in plaintiffs' personal injury practice. Nor is defense practice deemed to be without blemish. That public opinion now is so well established, rightly or wrongly, that it no longer can be ignored.
Howard L. Oleck, Reforms Needed in Negligence Practice, 6 Clev.-Marshall L. Rev. 388 (1957)