Lawyers are the ones who play a key role behind the scenes. They do most of the talking in a case when the clients seek their help. The talking is mostly done in either half-empty or empty courtrooms. Hence, they play an integral role behind closed doors and this why they garner very little fame.
However, one can never deny the contribution of lawyers as they have the potential to give a new direction to any case with ease. Celebrities and other prominent personalities hire lawyers to get them out of trouble and these lawyers gain their fair share of fame too. Get to know more about the celebrity attorneys who have appeared on behalf of the Hollywood A-listers in the court.
Gloria Allred is a bit different from the rest. She doesn’t care about media attention much. Instead of taking up cases on behalf of the celebrities, Allred has always found it worthwhile to represent the commoners. She appears on behalf of these people who are stuck in controversies.
Quite surprisingly, her client base includes people such as Britney Spears’ bodyguard, Amber Frey, Paula Jones, Rob Lowe’s nanny, and the family of Nicole Brown Simpson. She happens to be one of the most famous lawyers in the country. In fact, even Allred’s website declares her as the most famous woman attorney in the nation today. Most people would agree that this is not an overstatement.
Dersh, as he is popularly known among his students, is a professor at Harvard University. He was in the limelight when he took part in the famous O.J. Simpson trial. All eyeballs were on him when he appealed for the conviction of Claus von Bulow. Claus had charges of attempting to murder Sunny, his wife.
Sunny had been in a coma for 20 long years after she was found unconscious back in the year 1980. Bulow’s conviction was eventually overturned. A film named Reversal of Fortune was made based on the entire episode. Dershowitz has had the privilege of representing other high-profile people like Patricia Hearst and Mike Tyson too.
Martin has an impressive CV that boasts of clients like Robert Redford, Al Pacino, Richard Gere, Sean Connery, and Tom Brokaw. Aside from them, his clients include Bloomberg, L.P., Miramax, and Nelson Mandela as well.
Garbus first came to prominence when he was hired by Lenny Bruce to defend him against obscenity accusations. He rose to fame for taking up a case on behalf of Don Imus. Martin has a successful career spanning over several decades and his time in court. He has left no stone unturned to date in each and every case he has handled and Garbus has slowly made his way into the list of the most celebrated attorneys in the country in recent times.
Mark Geragos has often been making the headlines for quite some time. Keeping that in mind, you can easily say that he is arguably the most popular among the celebrity lawyers, only if that is the only parameter of measuring success.
He was hired by none other than Michael Jackson to defend him against charges of molestation but was fired sometime later. However, Geragos was found testifying on Jackson’s behalf later on. His clientele also comprises Winona Ryder, when there was an accusation of shoplifting against him. Mark was also the one to defend Chris Brown, who faced charges of physical assault on Rihanna.
Allen Grubman has represented a long array of A-listers such as Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, and Bruce Springsteen. Grubman today is a name to be reckoned with in the entertainment business. As a matter of fact, a New York magazine hails him as the sole superpower lawyer of the music industry.
However, he has had a light brush with controversy as well, but that doesn’t take any share of the credit that he deserves. Grubman hasn’t ever run short of popularity and is the knack of winning cases.
Aside from these five, those celebrity attorneys that do deserve a grand mention are Gerald Shargel, Howard K. Stern, Joe Turner, David Boles, Leslie Abramson, and others. All of them have attained big things in their career as an attorney and have a long clientele in the entertainment industry. It doesn’t come as a surprise that they all possess quite a hefty bank balance.