Top 10 Richest Lawyers in the United States
There are many reasons why people become lawyers. Some go to law school out of a sense of duty. Others do it for the intellectual challenge, which ironically, is a stupid idea. Some do it out of tradition, while others do it for the prestige. There are those however, who do it for only one thing: money. This list examines the top 10 wealthiest lawyers in the United States.
10. Vernon Jordan
Vernon Jordan Net Worth: $12 million
Vernon Jordan is an American lawyer and civil rights activist who has a net worth of $12 million dollars. Born in Georgia, Vernon Jordan excelled in school, and went on to graduate from DePauw University in 1957. He then went on to earn his law degree from the Howard University School of Law. He returned to Georgia after graduating in order to work for Donald L. Hollowell, a lawyer devoted to civil rights. As a lawyer at Mr. Hollowell’s firm, he was instrumental in winning a lawsuit against the University of Georgia for racial discrimination in their admission policies. From there, he went on to work as a field director for the NAACP, worked for the Voter Education Project, served as Executive Director of the United Negro College Fund, and was the President of the National Urban League for ten years. In 1980, he was shot while standing outside a hotel, but survived. He served as an advisor to Bill Clinton while he was a governor and then President. He continues to work as a managing director and counselor for multiple companies and politicians
Vernon Eulion Jordan, Jr. (born August 15, 1935) is an African-American lawyer, business executive and civil rights activist in the United States. A leading figure in the civil rights movement, he was chosen by President Bill Clinton as a close adviser. Jordan has become known as an influential figure in American politics.
9. Mark Geragos
Mark Geragos Net Worth: $25 million
Mark John Geragos is an American criminal defense lawyer as well as a civil litigation lawyer from Armenian descent. Clients that he represented include Michael Jackson, Winona Ryder, Gary Condit, Susan McDougal, Chris Brown, and Scott Peterson. This gave him the cliche – “Celebrity Lawyer”. In addition to taking on criminal cases, he has assisted the family of David Carradine during the investigation of his accidental auto-erotica induced death
8. Thomas Mesereau
Thomas Mesereau Net Worth: $25 million
Thomas Arthur Mesereau, Jr. is one the richest American criminal attorney at law; best known for defending Michael Jackson in his 2005 child molestation trial and Mike Tyson in a rape investigation. In both cases, all charges were dropped, including Michael Jackson’s 10 Federal Charges and 4 lesser charges. He has also established a legal clinic in Los Angeles and accepts one capital murder case every year on behalf of a defendant who cannot afford a lawyer. Despite his many successes in defending the most popular, he strives to maintain a relatively low profile.
7. Erin Brockovich
Erin Brockovich Net Worth: $42 million
Erin Brockovich is a famous American environmentalist who had been involved in a number of legal anti-pollution lawsuits against large companies in the US. Her lack of formal legal education did not hinder Erin Brockovich in upholding the case against the Pacific Gas and Electric Company in 1993 in California.
6. Robert Shapiroo
Robert Shapiro Net Worth: $50 million
Robert Shapiro is a well known attorney with a net worth of $50 million. Robert Shapiro accumulated his net worth as an attorney for several celebrities and athletes, as well as his personal appearances and acting roles in movies and TV. He was born in Plainfield, New Jersey and is also the co-founder of LegalZoom.
5. Roy Black
Roy Black Net Worth: $65 million
Roy Black was born in New York and is curently worth $65 million dollars, if not more. An attorney focused on civil and criminal defense, Black is recognized for two high profile cases in which he defended William Kennedy Smith and Rush Limbaugh. He also appeared on the reality series, “The Law Firm”. He is married to “The Real Housewives of Miami…” star, Lea Black. Lea Black met her husband while she was a juror in the William Kennedy Smith trial and is now a cast mate of The Real Housewives of Miami.
4. Bill Neukom
Bill Neukom Net Worth: $850 million
BillNeukom is the Founder, President and CEO of the World Justice Project. He is in the Seattle office of the international law firm K&L Gates. He was in the ownership group of the San Francisco Giants major league baseball team (having served as its CEO from 2008 to 2011 and its chairman emeritus during 2012). He is also the past president of the American Bar Association (2007-08) and trustee emeritus of Dartmouth College.
But his credits don’t end there. Neukom served as the lead lawyer for Microsoft Corporation from 1978 to 2002. As Executive Vice President of Law and Corporate Affairs, Mr. Neukom managed all of the multinational corporation’s legal, government affairs, and philanthropic affairs. Mr. Neukom led Microsoft’s efforts to establish, distribute, and protect intellectual property rights all across the world, and also led Microsoft’s defense of antitrust claims brought by the United States, the European Union and various others countries.
3. Joe Jamail Jr.
Joe Jamail Jr. Net Worth: $1.5 billion
Joe Jamail, is an American attorney and billionaire. The wealthiest practicing attorney in America, he is frequently referred to as the King of Torts. Jamail is known for his passionate, aggressive, sometimes abrasive advocacy on behalf of his clients — a tendency that has been noted in the National Law Journal, by the Supreme Court of Delaware as well as other sources.
2. Richard Scruggs
Richard Scruggs Net Worth: $1.7 billion
His nickname might not be all that appropriate for his current surroundings, but it wasn’t too long ago where Richard “Dickie” Scruggs was called the – “The King of Torts.”
Taking on big tobacco back in the 90’s, Scruggs became a God among men when he squeezed a staggering $248 billion settlement for Mississippi, earning for himself an estimated $1.6 billion in fees. From what we’ve gathered though, this was to be paid quarterly over a period of years, hence his place on #2 on this list.
1. S. Robson Walton
S. Robson Walton Net Worth: $26.1 billion
Wal-Mart heir S. Robson Walton, the oldest son of visionary retailer Sam, has been the company’s board chairman since 1992. Wal-Mart, founded by Sam and his brother James in 1962 in Rodgers, Ark., now has sales of $444 billion and employs 2.2 million people worldwide. Rob received more about $440 million in dividends in 2012. Before joining Wal-Mart, S. Robson Walton was a partner at Conner & Winters law firm in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Rob and his siblings have donated about $2 billion to the Walton Family Foundation over the last five years.
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