The 9 Best and Worst Movie Lawyers

Posted on behalf of Stewart Bell, PLLC on Nov 26, 2013 in Firm News

When choosing an attorney to represent you, most individuals will seek someone out with knowledge and experience. Many times those in need of a lawyer will find one through a personal referral, online, or even business referral.

If a person has never dealt with a lawyer however it can be difficult to understand how to choose one and what they do. After all, lawyers are not just as they are in movies.

There have been dozens of lawyers represented on TV and in movies, some of whom are actually based on real-life people. Oftentimes there are lawyers that you believe you'd want on your side and sometimes there are some that you most definitely would not want on your side.

Most Devious: Keanu Reeves in The Devils Advocate. A lawyer who signs on to work for the devil is bound to be deceitful.

Most Likely to Get You Out of Jail: Joe Pesci in My Cousin Vinny. Although this lawyer may not be as well-versed as others, his ability to get you cleared is definite.

Least Convincing in Court: Jim Carrey in Liar, Liar. As a lawyer who must tell the truth it could work in your favor, however, you can't control everything that comes out of his mouth which means it could ruin your case.

Most Convincing in Court: Matthew McConaughey in A Time to Kill. Although McConaughey has played a lawyer more than once, his ability to convince jurors to spare the life of a man for vengeful murder in Mississippi proves that he can convince other jurors of the truth no matter what their own personal opinions are.

Most Likely to Not Know You Very Well: Richard Gere in Primal Fear. His inability to spot a liar and fraud is a cause for concern.

Most Accurate Portrayal of a Real Lawyer: Denzel Washington in Philadelphia. Based on a true story of a man wrongfully terminated, Washington's portrayal of a lawyer putting aside his own misconceptions to fight for justice is a true example of a great personal injury lawyer .

Lawyer You'd Most Likely Want to Represent You: Tom Cruise in A Few Good Men. As long as you can handle the truth, Tom Cruise's portrayal of a Navy Judge Advocate General Corps lawyer will have you hoping you had that kind of fighter on your side.

Lawyer You'd Least Likely Want to Represent You: Dax Shepard in Idiocracy. Although he eventually does help Not Sure, Shepard's character cares about money more than justice. Also, he is not very smart which means he probably wouldn't hold up well in court.

Best Father/Lawyer: Gregory Peck in To Kill a Mockingbird. Playing the memorable Atticus Finch, Peck's portrayal of a lawyer willing to stand up for what is right is one of the first portrayals of a lawyer in movies.

Honorable mentions: Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blonde, Julia Roberts in Erin Brockovich, and George Clooney in Michael Clayton. Although each was not necessarily a lawyer, their ability to put the right person behind bars truly had us rooting for them.

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