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18th Feb '17 8:26:55 PM TSBasilisk
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* ''Series/LethalWeapon2016'' has Leo Getz, who seems the archetypical ambulance chaser. However late in the episode he makes the point that while he would do fine in a legitimate firm, there are very few lawyers in those firms that could survive in his world.
13th Jan '17 7:21:26 PM HasturHasturHastur
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Note that within the legal profession, calling someone an ambulance chaser is equivalent to calling him/her bottom-feeding scum. The "polite" term (in North America at any rate) is "plaintiff's lawyer" or "personal-injury lawyer/attorney"...but even that doesn't do much to hide the disdain of pretty much every other form of lawyer for them. Still, while they may not exactly be the most upstanding members of the legal profession, they stay around because the cases that they take, while seemingly asinine and ridiculous (and they very well may be), still have some basic legal ground, and no smart attorney is going to take a truly frivolous case. Doing so counts as barratry, and attorneys who repeatedly take ridiculous cases with no legal merit can and frequently will get disbarred. "Only paid if you win" setups also offer a strong disincentive to accepting questionable cases, as the prospect of eating the cost of an unsuccessful case is something that gives most attorneys a very good reason to make a solid inquiry into the facts of the case before choosing to pursue it. If it's either complete bullshit or has no legal backing, they ''will'' decline unless they really want to get an entry on their public disciplinary record.

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Note that within the legal profession, calling someone an ambulance chaser is equivalent to calling him/her bottom-feeding scum. The "polite" term (in North America at any rate) is "plaintiff's lawyer" or "personal-injury lawyer/attorney"...but even that doesn't do much to hide the disdain of pretty much every other form of lawyer for them. Still, while they may not exactly be the most upstanding members of the legal profession, they stay around because the cases that they take, while seemingly asinine and ridiculous (and they very well may be), still have some basic legal ground, and no smart attorney is going to take a truly frivolous case. Doing so counts as barratry, and attorneys who repeatedly take ridiculous cases with no legal merit can and frequently will get disbarred. "Only paid if you win" setups also offer a strong disincentive to accepting questionable cases, as the prospect of eating the cost of an unsuccessful case is something that gives most attorneys a very good reason to make a solid inquiry into the facts of the case before choosing to pursue it. If it's either complete bullshit or has no legal backing, they ''will'' decline unless they really want to get an entry on their public disciplinary record.
record (or they think they can quickly settle it, which often leads right back to the former).
12th Jan '17 6:55:13 AM HasturHasturHastur
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This opportunistic and morally unscrupulous lawyer can usually be found representing the plaintiff in trumped-up [[FrivolousLawsuit junk lawsuits]] and perpetrating {{Courtroom Antic}}s. He will find the right doctors, extract the right testimony, and badger the right witnesses to make sure you're compensated for whatever it was that may or may not have actually been done to you. That, or harass the defendant until he settles just to be rid of this annoying creature.

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This opportunistic and morally unscrupulous lawyer can usually be found representing the plaintiff in trumped-up [[FrivolousLawsuit junk lawsuits]] and perpetrating {{Courtroom Antic}}s. He will find the right doctors, extract the right testimony, and badger the right witnesses to make sure you're compensated for whatever it was that may or may not have actually been done to you. That, or harass the defendant until he settles If he's losing, expect lots and lots of motions and requests that serve no real purpose other than to cause you to waste so much time responding to all of them that you'll gladly move to settle just to be rid of this annoying creature.
get him off your ass.



Note that within the legal profession, calling someone an ambulance chaser is equivalent to calling him/her bottom-feeding scum. The "polite" term (in North America at any rate) is "plaintiff's lawyer" or "personal-injury lawyer/attorney"...but even that doesn't do much to hide the disdain of pretty much every other form of lawyer for them. Still, while they may not exactly be the most upstanding members of the legal profession, they stay around because the cases that they take, while seemingly asinine and ridiculous (and they very well may be), still have some basic legal ground, and no smart attorney is going to take a truly frivolous case. Doing so counts as barratry, and attorneys who repeatedly take ridiculous cases with no legal merit can and frequently will get disbarred. This is because "frivolous" means that, from a legal standpoint, you don't have a stupid or absurd argument; rather, you do not have an argument ''at all'', and if a judge informs someone that something is frivolous, that is code for "shut up before you get hit with contempt and/or have the bar association out for your head".

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Note that within the legal profession, calling someone an ambulance chaser is equivalent to calling him/her bottom-feeding scum. The "polite" term (in North America at any rate) is "plaintiff's lawyer" or "personal-injury lawyer/attorney"...but even that doesn't do much to hide the disdain of pretty much every other form of lawyer for them. Still, while they may not exactly be the most upstanding members of the legal profession, they stay around because the cases that they take, while seemingly asinine and ridiculous (and they very well may be), still have some basic legal ground, and no smart attorney is going to take a truly frivolous case. Doing so counts as barratry, and attorneys who repeatedly take ridiculous cases with no legal merit can and frequently will get disbarred. This is because "frivolous" means that, from a legal standpoint, "Only paid if you don't have win" setups also offer a stupid or absurd argument; rather, you do not have strong disincentive to accepting questionable cases, as the prospect of eating the cost of an argument ''at all'', and if a judge informs someone that unsuccessful case is something is frivolous, that is code for "shut up gives most attorneys a very good reason to make a solid inquiry into the facts of the case before you choosing to pursue it. If it's either complete bullshit or has no legal backing, they ''will'' decline unless they really want to get hit with contempt and/or have the bar association out for your head".
an entry on their public disciplinary record.
9th Jan '17 9:31:45 PM NineballCirno
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* ''Series/PicketFence''s: "Douglas Wambaugh for the Defense, your Honor"

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* ''Series/PicketFence''s: ''Series/PicketFences'': "Douglas Wambaugh for the Defense, your Honor"
27th Dec '16 7:12:37 PM Prfnoff
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* In ''Interstate 60'', the protagonist Neal comes across a town called Morlaw while on the titular road, in which all the residents are lawyers and everybody sues everybody. While in a lawyer's office, Neal sees an ambulance driving by, with a HORDE of other lawyers running after it.

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* In ''Interstate 60'', ''Film/{{Interstate 60}}'', the protagonist Neal comes across a town called Morlaw while on the titular road, in which all the residents are lawyers and everybody sues everybody. While in a lawyer's office, Neal sees an ambulance driving by, with a HORDE of other lawyers running after it.
30th Oct '16 9:15:52 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''Film/TheVerdict'' has PaulNewman as an Ambulance Chaser who discovers [[HeelFaceTurn he cares]].

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* ''Film/TheVerdict'' has PaulNewman Creator/PaulNewman as an Ambulance Chaser who discovers [[HeelFaceTurn he cares]].a disgraced bigshot attorney who's become a drunk and now limits himself to trolling funerals for clients. The film kicks off with him finding a case to care about.



* ''Series/TheNightOf'' has John Stone, a lowly lawyer who trawls late-night police precincts for hookers and pushers to recruit as clients. He advertises on the subway and pays cops to hand out his cheesy business cards. While waiting on a client, a cop cracks that he's just heard an ambulance siren pass by and asks if Stone wants to chase after it.

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* ''Series/TheNightOf'' has John Stone, a lowly lawyer who trawls late-night police precincts for hookers and pushers to recruit as clients. He advertises on the subway and pays cops to hand out his cheesy business cards. While waiting he waits on a client, a cop cracks that he's just heard an ambulance siren pass by and asks if Stone wants to chase after it.
12th Oct '16 3:39:34 AM Morgenthaler
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** Hutz doesn't seem to understand conflict of interest either. He agreed to represent people in a lawsuit against the producers of a local version of AStreetcarNamedDesire for not having roles despite Hutz himself having a role.

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** Hutz doesn't seem to understand conflict of interest either. He agreed to represent people in a lawsuit against the producers of a local version of AStreetcarNamedDesire Theatre/AStreetcarNamedDesire for not having roles despite Hutz himself having a role.
24th Aug '16 1:37:51 AM AgProv
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The Ambulance Chaser shows up when HilaritySues. Expect comments of ambulance chasing in a good EvilLawyerJoke. For the dramatic, competent, defense attorney version, see AmoralAttorney.

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The Ambulance Chaser shows up when HilaritySues. Expect comments of ambulance chasing in a good EvilLawyerJoke. For the dramatic, competent, defense attorney version, see AmoralAttorney.
AmoralAttorney. Ambulance chasing lawyers [[WebSite/AdTurds often appear in commercials on TV]].
17th Aug '16 7:55:11 AM Morgenthaler
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* {{The Rainmaker}} by Grisham has examples where lawyers creep around accidents, and hospitals to pick up insurance cases.

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* {{The Rainmaker}} ''Literature/TheRainmaker'' by John Grisham has examples where lawyers creep around accidents, and hospitals to pick up insurance cases.
15th Aug '16 9:55:40 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': In "Standards of Conduct", one of these goes after Harm in a traffic accident scam, and apparently this particular Ambulance Chaser is so good that the ''lawyer'' has to get himself a lawyer!
** Actually Harm concedes that he doesn't know enough about civil law/tort to handle it himself.

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* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': In "Standards of Conduct", one of these goes after Harm in a traffic accident scam, and apparently this particular Ambulance Chaser is so good that the ''lawyer'' has to get himself a lawyer!
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scam. Actually Harm concedes that he doesn't know enough about civil law/tort to handle it himself.
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