Top Lawyers of All Time (Ranked!)

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1. Joe Jamail

Your attitude will go a long way in determining your success, your recognition, your reputation, and your enjoyment in being a lawyer.
Jamail was also considered to be the wealthiest lawyer in the US.  He was a billionaire, largely helped by a ridiculous $335 million contingency fee he received from a landmark case against Texaco.
2. John Adams
A government of laws, and not of men.
Despite being most famous for his time as a US Founding Father and the 2nd US President, he was actually one of the greatest lawyers of all time.  He was most famous for successfully defending the 8 soldiers tried in the Boston Massacre.
3. Clarence Darrow
I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure.
Perhaps the man best known for being a lawyer, he had more than a few all-time great quotes.  Despite his wit, his landmark legal reputation is what really defines him.
4. Abraham Lincoln
Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
Another US President making the list, he was actually a very famous lawyer.  He was the first US President to hold a patent.
5. Johnnie Cochran
If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit.
Cochran was best known as the key defense lawyer for OJ Simpson.  However, he developed a reputation for fighting for the underdog through-out his career.  Over the length of his career, he defended other notable clients like Tupac Shakur, Sean Combs, and Michael Jackson.