Lawyer primarily a person who practices law as an attorney, solicitor, counselor, and barrister. As an agent working involves the practical application of legal knowledge and theories to solve specific person’s specific problems and take interests of those who hire lawyers to perform legal services.
The majority of lawyers work in private and corporate legal offices – some work for federal, local and state governments. Many of them work full-time and other work part time.
Most people think the best lawyer is that who are old and have more experience. It is right, and I agree with this thought. But, in this article, I discover the top 10 richest lawyers in the world, and later I’ll find who the best and most experienced lawyers are.
Some lawyers earn money from their professions while other famous ones have chosen other means to become a billionaire. Check out and see how they have ranked as one of the top richest lawyers in the world.
1- Joe Jamail – Net Worth: $1.7 Billion
Joe Jamail is a Lebanese American Attorney and billionaire and one of the most productive lawyers in our list with net worth $1.7billion. He earned his net worth as the American’s richest practicing attorney and also well-known as the “King of Torts”.
In 2011, he had the 833rd ranked of the most generous person in the world. He was born on October 16, 1925, in Houston, Texas. He graduated from St Thomas High School Texas. After that, he took the degree of B.A in 1950 from the University of Texas and degree of JD in 1953 from the University Of Texas School Of Law.
In his honor, the University created the Joseph D. Jamail Centennial Chair in Law and Advocacy in 1986. He is a keen humanitarian and has established the “Lee and Joseph D. Jamail Foundation” beside with his wife, Lee. He has funded around $200 million to support, education, medical research and performing art.
In 2008, he funded $15 million to the University of Texas for the collage of Undergraduate Studies, the Nursing School, and The Law School. In his honor the University of Texas builds football field Joe Jamail Field as well as the Joseph D. Jamail, Jr. Pavilion at the UTCL (the University Of Texas School Of Law) and also build the swimming center ‘Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center’ named for him and his wife ‘Lee’. He has three children.
Some of the major cases of Joe Jamail include; representing Pennzoil in their 1985 lawsuit against Texaco, he won the case and got $335 million a contingency fee.
2- Wichai Thongthan – Net Worth: $1.63 Billion
Wichai Thing than has the second number in our richest lawyer list and number one in Thai lawyers list. He is most affluent Thai based businessperson and has ranked 13 in Thai 50 richest persons.
He began his career as a lawyer and earned well in this field by representing the high-powered people like Prime Minister of Thai, Thaksin Shinawatra, who was implicated in an asset cover up case in 2001, becoming a celebrity overnight.
Due to the investments wise, he now sits on the boards of different listed companies including hospital group outfit Bangkok Dusit Hospital, where he and his wife own 15% stacks. Later he invests in Cable Thai Holdings and owns a stake of 25%.
3- William Lerach – Net Worth: $900 million
He is an American farmer-lawyer who specialized in private securities class action lawsuits. In the lawsuit against Enron, he received a significant amount of $7.12 billion that was the biggest amount ever received by a lawyer in the U.S. history, in 2007.
He was born March 14, 1964, in the Ohio River Valley. William Lerach was winning in prosecuting some of the largest names in American business and was suing Halliburton and then the Vice President of the US, CEO Dick Cheney.
He was the main subject of significant media attention and a frequent commentator on economic and securities, corporate law and political matters. He pled culpable to one count of the obstacle of justice and began a two-year prison sentence. In 2009, in California, he was expelled. For many years, he was a big Democratic donor.
4- Bill Neukom – Net Worth: $850 Million
He is an American entrepreneur and business person. He was born in 1942, in San Mateo, California. He is the former organization general partner of the Major League Baseball Team San Francisco Giants’ ownership group. When the Giants stimulated to San Francisco in 1958, at that time he lived in the Bay Area.
In 1964, he graduated from the Dartmouth College. Later he served as a member of Board of Trustees and was chair of the board from 2004 to 2007. He got his law degree from Stanford Law School in 1967. He also served as a clerk for the KCSCS (King County Superior Court in Seattle).
He started doing legal work for the Microsoft and was the company’s lead counsel for almost 25 years. He was worked in Microsoft Company as an Executive Vice President and handles their all legal rights. He established World Justice Project that aims to support the “Rule of Law” for the sake of the public development.
5- Judge Judy – Net Worth: $250 Million
Judith Sheindin, well-known as Judge Judy and belong to the American family. She was born in Brooklyn, New York. Her show has been nominated 13 times for the Daytime Emmy Award.
She completed her college degree in Government at American University. After that, she started her Law degree from Washington College of Law, where she was the only female in her 126 student’s class. She consequently completed her law degree at New York Law School.
In 1965, after getting the success in bar examination, she served as a family court prosecutor for 17 years and subsequently she became a judge in the criminal court and also supervising the family judicial system in New York.
She was famous for her diligent attitude and judging style. She was featured on “60 Minutes” and in the Los Angeles times. In 1996, she was released her book, “Don’t Pee on My Leg and Tell Me It’s Raining” and sooner she was retired.
6- Willie E. Gary – Net Worth: $100 Million
Willie E. Gary is an African American attorney, businessperson, and motivational speaker. He was born July 12, 1947, Eastman, Georgia. Willie Gary got the business administration degree from the Shaw University. After that, he got his law degree from North Carolina Central University.
He also started a first black law firm in Martin Country. Presently, he lives in Sewall’s Point Florida and is known for having won over 150 cases with multi-million dollar settlements including one that resulting in a $500 million judgment.
He also looks in various TV talk shows and news programs. He has two private planes the ‘Wings of Justice’ and the ‘Wings of Justice II’.
7- Roy Black – Net Worth: $65 Million
He was born on February 17, 1945, New York City. He is an American Lawyer, who specialized in Miami Civil and Criminal Defense. Roy Black earned the undergraduate degree from the University of Miami in 1967. After that, he got the JD degree at the University of the Miami School of Law.
He is famous for his two winning lawsuits, an acquittal of William Kennedy Smith on rape Charges and Rush Limbaugh on charges of misuse of the painkiller OxyContin.
He is currently a partner in Serbnick, Black, Kornspan & Stumpf, a Miami-based trial firm specializing in criminal defense and civil litigation. Roy and Lee have a son RJ, and Roy has a daughter, Nora Black that is his previous marriage daughter and she is a psychotherapist in San Francisco.
8- Robert Shapiro – Net Worth: $50 Million
He is an American Civil Attorney and was born September 2, 1942, in Plainfield, New Jersey. He got the graduate degree from LA’s Hamilton High School in 1961 and was completed B.S. in finance from University of California, Los Angeles in 1965. Robert Shapiro achieved his JD degree from the Loyola Law School in 1968.
He gets the famous for being on the defense team for defending for O.J. Simpson alongside the charges of murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman.
He is the senior partner in LLP, Glaser Wail Fink Jacobs Howard Avchen & Shapiro, and a law firm in Los Angeles. He is the co-founder of a website ‘LegalZoom’ that is dedicated to legal documentation service and also co-founder of ‘Shoedazzle.com’ that is the site of California-based online shopping marketplace of clothing, accessories and shoes. He also works in different films and TV shows.
9- John Branca – Net Worth: $50 Million
He is an American entertainment attorney. He was representing various artists of the entertainment industry, like The Beach Boys, The Backstreet Boys, Michael Jackson, Alicia Keys, The Rolling Stones, Carlos Santana, The Bee Gees, and much more.
Beside his clients also include Playboy Magazine, Forbes Magazine, Mike Tyson and Penthouse Magazine. Now, he is the chairperson of the Michael Jackson Company and the co-executor of the Michael Jackson Estate. He has a luxurious house in Beverly Hills, California.
10- Joel Segal – Net Worth: $40 Million
He is an American sports agent. He obtained his law degree from Hofstra Law School and after that, he joins worldwide Football Management, Inc. he became president in 1997. He is currently president of Best Football and Lagedere Unlimited.
He is at ranked one at top ten richest and influential sports agents in the world. His most high ranked clients are including Will Smith, DeAngelo Hall, Reggie Bush, and Levi Brown.
He also drives his client, Michael Vick, through his dog fighting scandal and succeeding signing with the Philadelphia Eagles. He signifies roughly 50 players and frequently confers a total of $250 million worth of agreements for his clients.
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