Practicing law might be one of the toughest professions to pursue. It takes years of schooling and dedication and it can cost a fortune. While lawyers can be easily criticized and are the subjects of some pretty funny jokes, the world needs them. They help shape our laws and develop the policies that enable us to live our lives. They are of great help when you need one and they can a nightmare when they are working against you. It should come as no surprise that the majority of US presidents have been lawyers. The following is a list of the top 10 greatest lawyers of all time.
10. Dan Webb
Ranked as the top litigation expert by Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers and the top white-collar criminal defense attorney by Corporate Crime Reporter, Dan Webb is one guy you don’t want to come up against in court. One of his greatest achievements was exposing corruption at all levels during the Iran-Contra trials. This even included an interrogation of Ronald Reagan. He has also successfully represented Microsoft, Philip Morris and General Electric. He has been praised for his ability to win over jurors with his country charm. He undoubtedly has a lot of knowledge and wisdom to go along with that charm.
9. Ted Wells
He acknowledges his ability to make complex issues appear simple. Ted Wells has been a fierce defender for such clients as CIA leaker Scooter Libby who had his 30-month prison sentence controversially pardoned by George Bush in 2007. He also defended Exxon Mobile, Mike Milken and some congressmen. One of his highlights was successfully defending Citigroup against fraud charges. Also of note was his representation of disgraced senator Eliot Spitzer. He was named Lawyer of the Year by the National Law Journal in 2006. More recently, in 2015, he was hired by the NFL to investigate the “Deflategate” scandal.
8. Alan Dershowitz
After spending most of his career at Harvard Law School, Alan Dershowitz became the youngest full professor of law in its storied history. Dershowitz is perhaps best known for his work as the appellate advisor for the “Dream Team” of lawyers that successfully defended O.J Simpson during the infamous murder trial. Other high-profile clients have included Mike Tyson, Jim Bakker and Patti Hearst. He also played a role in the overturning of Claus von Bulow’s conviction for the attempted murder of his wife. Dershowitz has also written several books including Reasonable Doubt: The Criminal Justice System and the O.J. Simpson Case.