There are the lawyers that do good – Jack McCoy, Marshall Eriksen, Sandy Cohen.
Then there are the lawyers that look good – Jessica Pearson, Olivia Pope, Harvey Specter.
Finally there are the lawyers that make you question the entire legal profession – wait, actually that's most of them. We don't have the time or space to make that list right now.
Love them or hate them, lawyers serve a vital purpose in our litigious society.
They fight for the wrongly accused; prosecute dangerous criminals; educate and shape young minds; and all in all try to make this world a better place.
There are bound to be lawyers I forgot, so don't hesitate to add your favorites in the comments.
And remember to watch The Good Fight on CBS All Access, Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 8:00 PM ET.
Now without further ado...
Will Gardner - The Good Wife
Will Gardner, played by Josh Charles, was a ladies man and a cunning attorney. We got to see his romantic side through his relationship with Alicia and his loyal and supportive side through his friendship with Diane. He was flawed, but an all around good person. The Good Wife season 5 episode 15 will go down as one of the most shocking, heart breaking episodes in series history.
Annalise Keating - How to Get Away with Murder
Portrayed by SAG and Emmy award winning actress Viola Davis, Annalise is a passionate attorney with a troubled past and present. She fights vigorously for her clients but also ends up on the wrong side of the court room from time to time. She has complicated relationships with everyone in her life and though she tries to be a good person she is usually unsuccessful.
Barry Zuckerkorn - Arrested Development
Arrested Development was just renewed for Season 5, and I'm seriously hoping we see Henry Winkler's character again. In later seasons he may have been fired and replaced by Bob Boblaw, who was equally incompetant, but the Bluth's need someone who knows their true crazy and still defends them vigorously. Or at least tries to. Sometimes. Even if he has no idea what he's doing.
Jackie Chiles - Seinfeld
Everyone knows Jackie Chiles, portrayed hilariously by Phil Morris, was based on Johnnie Cochran. They both wear glasses, have mustaches, and are well-dressed with a penchant for grandiose vocabulary. Jackie Chiles was initially brought on to represent Kramer but he ended up playing a crucial role in the series finale thanks to the gang's "lewd, lascivious, salacious, outrageous" behavior.
Erin Reagan - Blue Bloods
Erin Reagan, played by Bridget Moynahan, is the daughter of police commissioner Frank Reagan, a New York County Assistant District Attorney and a single mother. She's dealt with shootings inside courtrooms, hostage situations, and physical assualts but she remains strong. An avid gun owner with a preference for glocks, she is the best shot in the Reagan family.
Jack McCoy - Law & Order
Sam Waterson played Jack McCoy from 1994 - 2010. He started out as the Executive Assistant District Attorney before becoming the New York County District Attorney. Jack had a difficult childhood which no doubt affects his adult relatiomnships. He's been divorced twice, has a strained relationship with his daughter and tends to have inappropriate relationships with his subordinates. When it comes to law, he's willing to bend the rules a little if it means justice will be served.