The Most Memorable, Famous, Fictional Lawyers in Books, Films, and Television
The Most Memorable, Famous, Fictional Lawyers in Books, Films, and Television

The Most Memorable, Famous, Fictional Lawyers in Books, Films, and Television

There are many famous fictional lawyers in the pages of books, gracing the silver screen, and on television these days. We have become enamored of these characters and find ourselves waiting eagerly for the next installment in their lives. Some fictional lawyers seem to stand out in our minds for various reasons, their clear-headedness, their devotion to the law, or just their inner beauty. They intrigue us with their battles for right versus wrong, good versus evil, and remind us that they are just people, too. Here is a small, sampling of some of the most famous fictional lawyers in books, films, and television.

No one can ever forget Perry Mason, the attorney that always got to the bottom of the case and helped his client win. There was no case too difficult, too time-consuming for him to take on and win.

Ben Matlock was the Perry Mason of the late 1980s and early 1990s, just with incredible southern good ol boy charm and a knack for getting himself into and out of some sticky situations along the way.

When turning away from television we think of characters such as Susan Sarandon played in The Client. Regina Love was an attorney that had lost her own kids due to an alcoholism problem. Now she is the attorney for a child that had witnessed too much in the form of a suicide.

Who could ever forget Atticus Finch, at attorney during the depression in To Kill a Mockingbird? Atticus took on a case that was nearly impossible to win, a case in which a black man is accused of raping a white girl. Atticus knows the black man did not do such a thing and is uncertain if he can win, but is strong enough to stand up to the townspeople and attempt to show them their own bigotry. He is an attorney of clean conscious and outstanding moral fiber.

Last, but not least, there are attorneys in comedic films that worm their way into our heart. Elle Woods from Legally Blonde is an intelligent woman with an eye to fashion and a Chihuahua to pamper. Its impossible not to laugh as she works so hard to fit in at conservative Harvard Law with her liberal attitude and her pink wardrobe.

Joe Pesci sums up the best of the comedic lawyers in the recent film My Cousin Vinny. He plays Vincent Laguardia Gambini, a brand new lawyer from New York who took six tries to pass the bar exam and has never had to go to trial. Suddenly he is representing his younger cousin and a friend in a murder case in the Deep South.

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