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Published on October 24 2020

So, who are they? Here's a fast look at the richest lawyers in the entire world, ranked from the lowest net value to the greatest. Please be aware that the individuals on this list are practicing lawyers or judges. There are loads of additional "attorneys " with a considerably higher net value, but they just possess a law degree and no longer use it.

Willie E. Gary: $100 million

Nicknamed "The Giant Killer," Willie Gary has taken on a number of the nation's most important corporations, including Anheuser-Busch and Disney. He's won some of the biggest settlements and jury awards in the U.S., including several cases valued at more than $30 billion. A graduate of Shaw University, he's currently the managing director at Gary, Williams, Parenti, Watson, and Gary, P.L.L.C., works as a motivational speaker, and has emerged as a legal analyst on "The Early Show. "

John Branca: $50 million

A graduate of the UCLA School of Law, John Branca has had a lengthy career as an entertainment and corporate attorney with a focus on representing roll and rock acts and separate investors. He has represented more than 30 members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and is on pretty much every list of premier entertainment attorneys on earth. On one note, he serves as the co-executor of Michael Jackson's estate.

Harish Salve: $6 million

At 59 years old, Harish Salve has worked hard to develop a reputation among India's top (and most expensive) attorneys, specializing in commercial, constitutional, and taxation law. Salve, who comes from a long line of lawyers and previously served as the Solicitor General of India, currently charges clients about $45,000 a day. Along with representing several government entities, large company customers, and industrialist Mukesh Ambani, he's represented Bollywood celebrities in criminal cases. In fact, he's often referred to as famed actor Salman Khan's "guardian angel" for keeping him out of jail on a hit and run charge. (Indian prisons are renowned for harsh conditions.)

William Lerach: $900 million

Though he had been disbarred in 2009 because of his participation in a kickback scheme, William Lerach had a rewarding career as a corporate lawyer with a specialty in private securities class action lawsuits for over 30 years, which is the way he gathered his considerable fortune. Nicknamed the "King of Pain" and frequently known as the most feared lawyer in American during his heyday, Lerach, a University of Pittsburg School of Law graduate, holds the record for the largest sum ever regained at a bunch of securities class actions lawsuits for its $7.12 billion decision he received against Enron.


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