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This image released by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP shows attorney Sheila Birnbaum, a prominent New York attorney known as the "Queen of Torts" for her courtroom defense of some of the country's top companies.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A prominent New York attorney known as the “Queen of Torts” for her courtroom defense of some of the country’s top companies is tackling a vastly different job — running the $2.78 billion fund to compensate ground zero workers and others who say they were sickened by the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attack wreckage.

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