Fictional lawyers fall all over the spectrum, with some being everything you could ever hope for, and some falling a bit short of your expectations.
Here’s a list of some fictional lawyers you definitely would not want to represent you.
Vinny Gambini – My Cousin Vinny
This 90’s comedy has become a well-loved classic. Vinny is called to Alabama to represent his cousin Billy and Billy’s best friend Stan, who have been accused of murder. Although Vinny, a New York lawyer who has only ever tried personal injury cases (and none of them successfully), manages to the win the case, his record isn’t very impressive. If your lawyer has never tried your type of case before, and has never won a case in general, it’s probably a bad idea to hire them.
Lionel Hutz – The Simpsons
If you’ve watched The Simpsons, you know how unreliable Hutz is. He manages to lose almost every single case and while most lawyers don’t win every case, they should have a better track record than that. Hutz also claims to have a law degree from Princeton Law School—but they haven’t given out law degrees since 1852. If this isn’t enough of a red flag on its own, Hutz has also had to change his name twice, which isn’t exactly a normal practice. If your lawyer has multiple identities, has no proof of his law degree, and practices at “I Can’t Believe It’s A Law Firm!” chances are they may not be the best attorney for you.
Professor Callahan – Legally Blonde
Although his record proceeds him, Professor Callahan, a Harvard Law professor, is not exactly the best attorney. Sure, he may have won quite a few cases in the past, but that doesn’t mean he is someone that you would want to have representing you now. Not only does he put immense pressure on his clients, but he’s also painted as someone who cares solely about money and winning, a common stereotype for lawyers. If that isn’t bad enough, Callahan also hits on Elle, one of his students, and implies that the only reason she is successful is because of her looks.
Saul Goodman – Breaking Bad
If you’ve ever seen Breaking Bad, you can probably guess why Saul Goodman isn’t the best lawyer. Saul has committed fraud countless times. Much like Lionel Hutz in The Simpsons, Saul’s law firm is in a strip mall, which isn’t always a red flag, but when an office is hidden in the back of a nail salon, chances are something’s a little off. After debuting on Breaking Bad, Goodman even inspired his own spin-off, Better Call Saul, that details his journey while making a name for himself.