More often than not, when a controversial law suit hits the news, we’re more focused on the parties involved rather than who’s defending each side. Even in the not-so-public lawsuits, it’s not the lawyer (who does all of the work) that gets noticed, but the stars or institutions behind the case. For most lawyers, this is totally fine. Important people who need great lawyers know where to find them, and those said lawyers get to reap the financial benefit of these big time cases without having to be in the public eye. There are certain attorney’s specifically who stand out among the rest because of their massive deals. These might include negotiations for movie stars, contracts for famous athletes, or even criminal suites like those in the “me too” movement. Here are some of the “power lawyers” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Bobb attended law school at Columbia Law School and has had a pretty busy year. After Tiffany Haddish displayed her perfect personality for television in the newly released movie Girls Trip, Bobb took her on as a client, helping her close deals for a MTV Movie award hosting job, a new movie, and a Netflix series.
Brown has many famous clients including Gwyneth Paltrow, Jim Parsons, Stephen King, Chris Hemsworth, Henry Cavill, and Dwayne Johnson. This year, he helped The Rock close a Fast and Furious deal. He also provided legal advice for Cavil and Hemsworth when it came to them becoming the next big superheroes.
A lawyer for some big names, Chamlin has been working diligently this year to handle his client’s affairs. Oprah Winfrey is arguably his biggest client, and she turns to Chamlin for advice regarding her books and lifestyle negotiations. He’s also handled her interest redemption of OWN, which was valued at $70 million, along with her health food-line. Chamlin has also been busy with Chip and Joanna Gaines, dealing with their magazine. Chamlin is known for working with clients that do good by society and their community.
Darwell, a Georgetown University Law Center graduate, has one of the best clients a lawyer could ask for. Though it started as a small job, Darwell has since taken over Amazon Studios legal team. He deals with things like film distribution and their entertainment operations. He told The Hollywood Reporter that, “it’s everything I love to do wrapped up with one great client.”
While these lawyers are making much more than the average lawyer, there’s no reason you can’t get to that point one day. If you never make The Hollywood Reporter, you should aim to distinguish yourself in another way like becoming a member of Lawyers of Distinction. Another commonality between these top lawyers is that they mostly went to top ranked law schools. While that is of course a great start, your success has more to do with what you make of your opportunities than what school you went to.
According to the 2019 U.S News list of top law schools, the rankings are as follows:
- Yale University
- Stanford University
- Harvard University
- University of Chicago
- Columbia University
- New York University
- University of Pennsylvania
- University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
- University of California- Berkeley
- University of Virginia
- Duke University
- Northwestern University
- Cornell University
- Georgetown University
Each of these schools offers distinct opportunities that can prove to be very valuable in a lawyer’s career. With that, your career is what you make it. Though knowing someone famous in need of a lawyer is a great way to get into the business of helping stars, where there’s a will, there’s a way.
Back in 2014, there was a list of the richest lawyers in America. While it’s certainly changed a little since then, here’s an idea of what they were making.
- Robson Walton, $34.8 billion, Columbia Law School
- Richard Kinder, $10.7 billion, University of Missouri
- Randa Williams, $7.1 billion, University of Houston
- Summer Redstone, $6.2 billion, Harvard Law School
- Robert Rowling, $6.1 billion, Southern Methodist University