Many fictional lawyers have made appearances on television and in movies throughout the decades. There seems to be something about law that is captivating to an audience—whether through drama or comedy.
Below is a list of 10 fictional lawyers that are worth a watch:
- Atticus Finch (played by Gregory Peck) in To Kill a Mockinbird — “There’s a lot of ugly things in this world, son. I wish I could keep ’em all away from you. That’s never possible.”
- Saul Goodman (played by Bob Odenkirk) in Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul — “Did you not plan for this contingency? I mean the Starship Enterprise had a self-destruct button. I’m just saying.”
- Daniel Kaffee (played by Tom Cruise) in A Few Good Men — “I want the truth!”
- Perry Mason (played by Raymond Burr) in Perry Mason — “Murder is usually very simple. It’s the getting away with it that’s real complicated and tricky.”
- Ally McBeal (played by Calista Flockhart) in Ally McBeal — “I don’t want to be known as the attorney who let the judge tell her how to dress.”
- Jackie Chiles (played by Phil Morris) in Seinfeld — “It’s outrageous, egregious, preposterous.”
- Ben Matlock (played by Andy Griffith) in Matlock — “I always make sense. I’m a rational, reasonable man.”
- Jack McCoy (played by Sam Waterston) in Law & Order— “The last time I checked, ‘Stupid’ isn’t a defense for murder!”
- Bob Loblaw (played by Scott Baio) in Arrested Development — “Are you a corporate executive facing these or other charges? You don’t need double talk! You need Bob Loblaw!”
- Elle Woods (played by Reese Witherspoon) in Legally Blonde — “I feel comfortable using legal jargon in everyday life.”
Real law may not be as entertaining as it is on television or in movies, but we still hold on to the same virtues of defending our clients’ rights and livelihoods. For more law-related reading, visit our blog and knowledge center.
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