Posted: 6:24 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, 2016
By Tim Eaton - American-Statesman Staff
One of the most vocal tort reformers in recent years, Mike Hull, has joined forces with trial lawyer and big Democratic donor Steve Mostyn, an unlikely partnership that is sure to turn heads under the Capitol dome.
The Hull Henricks firm has been working with lawyers from the Mostyn Law Firm for about two months on one of the largest collection of medical lawsuits in U.S. legal history, Hull told the American-Statesman.
Lawyer and former outside counsel for Texans for Lawsuit Reform Michael Hull.
Mostyn’s firm has been suing manufacturers of surgically implanted transvaginal mesh, which doctors have used to treat some conditions following childbirth, for two years. Plaintiffs have said the mesh has caused painful infections, bleeding and other problems.
The new arrangement stands in sharp contrast with the way Hull and Mostyn used to interact.
Hull had been working tirelessly against Mostyn and his interests for the past several years as one of the Capitol’s most recognizable tort reform advocates and as the outside counsel for Mostyn’s most well-funded detractors at Texans for Lawsuit Reform.
Trial lawyer Steve Mostyn.
Hull called his relationship with Mostyn over the past decade “as cordial as it could have been,” but he quickly admitted that “we were not going to dinner.”
The strange-bedfellow collaboration with Mostyn hasn’t changed Hull’s outlook. He still considers himself a tort reform advocate.
“I am a fan of the work I did,” Hull said. “But that work was never intended to shut the courthouse door to people who have been victimized.”