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28th May '17 12:46:28 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/TheGoodWife'' has had the main cast at Lockhart/Gardner and eventually Florrick/Agos doing everything from capital crime defense to immigration law to copyright law. Recurring characters tend to be specialists, however: Lockhart/Gardner's David Lee specializes in family law (e.g. divorces and paternity suits), while recurring antagonist Louis Canning mainly defends corporations from class-actions. Also, when they need to be interrogated or stand trial, once in a blue moon, they get someone else to represent them.

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main cast at Lockhart/Gardner and eventually Florrick/Agos doing have done everything from capital crime defense to immigration law to copyright law. Recurring characters tend to be specialists, however: Lockhart/Gardner's David Lee specializes in family law (e.g. divorces and paternity suits), while recurring antagonist Louis Canning mainly defends corporations from class-actions. Also, when they need to be interrogated or stand trial, once in a blue moon, they get someone else to represent them.



* On ''Series/{{JAG}}'', Harm argues before a Navajo Tribunal Court in "The Return of Jimmy Blackhorse" and an Australian Court in "Boomerang". Mac argues before a Sharia court in "The Princess and The Petty Officer". And both Harm and Mac defends Secretary of the Navy Edward Sheffield at the International Criminal Court in "People v. [=SecNav=]".

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Harm argues before a Navajo Tribunal Court in "The Return of Jimmy Blackhorse" and an Australian Court in "Boomerang". Mac argues before a Sharia court in "The Princess and The Petty Officer". And both Harm and Mac defends Secretary of the Navy Edward Sheffield at the International Criminal Court in "People v. [=SecNav=]".



* In ''Series/ModernFamily'''s fourth-season finale, "Goodnight Gracie", the cast goes to Florida when Phil's mother dies. While there, Gloria has to answer for an old arrest warrant. Mitchell accompanies her to court and winds up representing not only her but various other defendants there. Yes, somehow a lawyer from California who's been shown doing primarily civil and corporate work there will just find it a breeze to represent clients in Florida charged with petty crimes and traffic violations.

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In ''Series/ModernFamily'''s the fourth-season finale, "Goodnight Gracie", the cast goes to Florida when Phil's mother dies. While there, Gloria has to answer for an old arrest warrant. Mitchell accompanies her to court and winds up representing not only her but various other defendants there. Yes, somehow a lawyer from California who's been shown doing primarily civil and corporate work there will just find it a breeze to represent clients in Florida charged with petty crimes and traffic violations.
27th Apr '17 1:52:30 PM dmcreif
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* ''Series/Daredevil2015'': Matt Murdock and Foggy Nelson primarily practice criminal law, although in the season 2 premiere, at least one of the clients in their reception room is dealing with denied working papers (a civil issue), the tenement dispute in season 1 between Wilson Fisk's cronies and Elena Cardenas is a blur of civil and criminal law, and a flashback to their internship at Landman & Zack shows them participating in a civil lawsuit. Justified in this case: for one, they cater to working-class people in Hell's Kitchen who [[WeHelpTheHelpless can't afford]] the higher prices of firms like Hogarth Chao & Benowitz, and two, as the firm's staff is composed of just Matt, Foggy, and Karen, it qualifies as a General Practice.
* ''Series/BreakingBad'' and ''Series/BetterCallSaul'': Jimmy [=McGill=] / Saul Goodman seems to be a general practitioner.

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* ''Series/Daredevil2015'': Matt Murdock and Foggy Nelson primarily practice criminal law, although in the season 2 premiere, at least one of the clients in their reception room is dealing with denied working papers (a civil issue), the tenement dispute in season 1 between Wilson Fisk's cronies and Elena Cardenas is a blur of civil and criminal law, issues, and a flashback to their internship at Landman & Zack shows them participating in a civil lawsuit. Justified in this case: for one, they cater to working-class people in Hell's Kitchen who [[WeHelpTheHelpless can't afford]] the higher prices of firms like Hogarth Chao & Benowitz, and two, as the firm's staff is composed of just Matt, Foggy, and Karen, it qualifies as a General Practice.
* ''Series/BreakingBad'' and ''Series/BetterCallSaul'': Jimmy [=McGill=] / Saul Goodman seems to be a general practitioner. He primarily is a ''[[AmoralAttorney criminal]]'' [[AmoralAttorney lawyer]], but before becoming Saul, he dabbles a bit in elder law, then brushes up on contract law prior to getting fired from Davis & Main, and even when dabbling in those other attempts to go legit, Jimmy still helps out criminals like Mike Ehrmantraut and Nacho Varga.
12th Apr '17 11:44:18 PM dmcreif
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* ''Series/Daredevil2015'': Matt Murdock and Foggy Nelson primarily practice criminal law, although in the season 2 premiere, at least one of the clients in their reception room is dealing with denied working papers (a civil issue), the tenement dispute in season 1 between Wilson Fisk's cronies and Elena Cardenas is a blur of civil and criminal law, and a flashback to their internship at Landman & Zack shows them participating in a civil lawsuit. Somewhat justified as they cater to working-class people in Hell's Kitchen who [[WeHelpTheHelpless can't afford]] the higher prices of firms like Hogarth Chao & Benowitz.
* ''Series/BreakingBad'' and ''Series/BetterCallSaul'': Jimmy [=McGill=] / Saul Goodman seems to dabble in different types of law depending on the time of day. At first, he's a public defender. Then he tries a swing at elder law. During his brief stint in elder law, he is hired by Mike to defend a few criminals.

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* ''Series/Daredevil2015'': Matt Murdock and Foggy Nelson primarily practice criminal law, although in the season 2 premiere, at least one of the clients in their reception room is dealing with denied working papers (a civil issue), the tenement dispute in season 1 between Wilson Fisk's cronies and Elena Cardenas is a blur of civil and criminal law, and a flashback to their internship at Landman & Zack shows them participating in a civil lawsuit. Somewhat justified as Justified in this case: for one, they cater to working-class people in Hell's Kitchen who [[WeHelpTheHelpless can't afford]] the higher prices of firms like Hogarth Chao & Benowitz.Benowitz, and two, as the firm's staff is composed of just Matt, Foggy, and Karen, it qualifies as a General Practice.
* ''Series/BreakingBad'' and ''Series/BetterCallSaul'': Jimmy [=McGill=] / Saul Goodman seems to dabble in different types of law depending on the time of day. At first, he's be a public defender. Then he tries a swing at elder law. During his brief stint in elder law, he is hired by Mike to defend a few criminals. general practitioner.
12th Apr '17 11:39:29 PM dmcreif
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* ''Series/Daredevil2015'': Matt Murdock and Foggy Nelson primarily practice criminal law, although in the season 2 premiere, at least one of the clients in their reception room is dealing with denied working papers (a civil issue), the tenement dispute in season 1 between Wilson Fisk's cronies and Elena Cardenas is a blur of civil and criminal law, and a flashback to their internship at Landman & Zack shows them participating in a civil lawsuit.

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* ''Series/Daredevil2015'': Matt Murdock and Foggy Nelson primarily practice criminal law, although in the season 2 premiere, at least one of the clients in their reception room is dealing with denied working papers (a civil issue), the tenement dispute in season 1 between Wilson Fisk's cronies and Elena Cardenas is a blur of civil and criminal law, and a flashback to their internship at Landman & Zack shows them participating in a civil lawsuit. Somewhat justified as they cater to working-class people in Hell's Kitchen who [[WeHelpTheHelpless can't afford]] the higher prices of firms like Hogarth Chao & Benowitz.
* ''Series/BreakingBad'' and ''Series/BetterCallSaul'': Jimmy [=McGill=] / Saul Goodman seems to dabble in different types of law depending on the time of day. At first, he's a public defender. Then he tries a swing at elder law. During his brief stint in elder law, he is hired by Mike to defend a few criminals.
12th Apr '17 11:36:28 PM dmcreif
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* ''Film/{{Daredevil}}'': Murdock and Nelson in the Ben Affleck Movie is all over the place, at one point being a prosecutor and a civil lawyer. Somewhat justified--their practice represents people who can't afford legal representation (which means they are also perpetually broke) so possibly they handle anything and everything they can get away with both because [[WeHelpTheHelpless they help the helpless]] and because [[MoneyDearBoy they are just that strapped for cash]]. The most egregious example is where he is questioning rapist [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Jose Quesada]] and acting like a prosecutor, even though he is technically a defence attorney and is speaking for his client (there are certain was this could happen--if she was suing him for instance--but the scene itself is just vague on details).

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* ''Film/{{Daredevil}}'': The film version of Nelson & Murdock and Nelson in the Ben Affleck Movie is all over the place, with Matt at one point being a prosecutor and a civil lawyer. Somewhat justified--their practice represents people who can't afford legal representation (which means they are also perpetually broke) so possibly they handle anything and everything they can get away with both because [[WeHelpTheHelpless they help the helpless]] and because [[MoneyDearBoy they are just that strapped for cash]]. The most egregious example is where he is questioning rapist [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Jose Quesada]] and acting like a prosecutor, even though he is technically a defence defense attorney and is speaking for his client (there are certain was ways this could happen--if she was suing him in tort for instance--but the scene itself is just vague on details).
12th Apr '17 11:34:43 PM dmcreif
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** Another variation of this occurs in any episode involving capital punishment, since there is no death penalty in Illinois, the state the show is set in[[note]]Technically Illinois didn't abolish capital punishment until 2011, but due to the actions of a previous Governor granting clemency to the state's entire death row and series of legal precedents the state had no executions in well over a decade prior to that, and effectively no death penalty.[[/note]], the death penalty case episodes are set in Indiana. But a legal license only permits an attorney to practice in the state it's issued in. It doesn't necessarily go without saying that all the main cast have current Indiana law licenses. That said, it is common for Illinois lawyers to have Indiana licenses, especially in the Chicago area, since a good chunk of northwestern Indiana is part of "Chicagoland," and it is fairly easy for an attorney who has been admitted in Illinois and practicing there for several years to get an Indiana license (all it takes is some money and attending a seminar).

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** Another variation of this occurs in any episode involving capital punishment, since there is no death penalty in Illinois, the state the show is set in[[note]]Technically Illinois didn't abolish capital punishment until 2011, but due to the actions of a previous Governor granting clemency to the state's entire death row and series of legal precedents the state had no executions in well over a decade prior to that, and effectively no death penalty.[[/note]], the death penalty case episodes are set in Indiana. But a legal license only permits an attorney to practice in the state it's issued in. It doesn't necessarily go without saying that all the main cast have current Indiana law licenses. That said, it is common for Illinois lawyers to have Indiana licenses, especially in the Chicago area, since a good chunk of the six counties in northwestern Indiana is are part of "Chicagoland," the Chicago suburbs, and it is fairly easy for an attorney who has been admitted in Illinois and practicing there for several years to get an Indiana license (all it takes is some money and attending a seminar).



* In Season 1 of ''Series/TheWire'', detective Jimmy [=McNulty=] realizes that he's in danger of missing a hearing regarding his divorce, and grabs the nearest lawyer he can (prosecutor Rhonda Pearlman, who is working together with the special detail Jimmy is part of) and runs for the courthouse. Once inside the courthouse, the trope is subverted and deconstructed; Rhonda spends her professional life prosecuting drug dealers and other criminals and is rather clueless about divorce law and what to do at the hearing. She even says as much to the judge at one point when the judge voices surprise that Rhonda isn't objecting to the actions and assertions of Mrs. [=McNulty's=] lawyer.

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* In Season 1 of ''Series/TheWire'', detective Jimmy [=McNulty=] realizes that he's in danger of missing a hearing regarding his divorce, and after an incident where he lost track of his kids after he sent them tailing Stringer Bell. He grabs the nearest lawyer he can (prosecutor Rhonda Pearlman, who is working together with the special Barksdale detail Jimmy [=McNulty=] is part of) responsible for creating) and runs for the courthouse. Once inside the courthouse, the trope is subverted and deconstructed; Rhonda spends her professional life prosecuting drug dealers and other criminals and is rather clueless about divorce law and what to do at the hearing. She even says as much to the judge at one point when the judge voices surprise that Rhonda isn't objecting to the actions and assertions of Mrs. [=McNulty's=] Elena's lawyer.


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* ''Series/Daredevil2015'': Matt Murdock and Foggy Nelson primarily practice criminal law, although in the season 2 premiere, at least one of the clients in their reception room is dealing with denied working papers (a civil issue), the tenement dispute in season 1 between Wilson Fisk's cronies and Elena Cardenas is a blur of civil and criminal law, and a flashback to their internship at Landman & Zack shows them participating in a civil lawsuit.
5th Mar '17 9:45:47 AM nombretomado
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* During UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}, [[Comicbook/{{Daredevil}} Murdock and Nelson]] seemed to be the only law firm in MarvelComics New York City. So despite the fact they were mostly defence attorneys, Foggy and Matt seemed to be involved in everything from wills to contract negotiation.


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* During UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}, [[Comicbook/{{Daredevil}} Murdock and Nelson]] seemed to be the only law firm in MarvelComics Creator/MarvelComics New York City. So despite the fact they were mostly defence attorneys, Foggy and Matt seemed to be involved in everything from wills to contract negotiation.

2nd Mar '17 8:13:44 AM Sabbat
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* Many attorneys are General Practice or Door Lawyers ("whoever comes through the door") and are not specialized. This is more common in smaller firms, where there isn't the manpower to have attorneys be limited to particular areas of practice.
13th Sep '16 11:29:30 AM Jake
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* ''Series/CenturyCity'' generally did a pretty good job of averting this; the law firm took on a large variety of mostly civil cases, but the cast all specialised in different areas and would therefore get ADayInTheLimelight by turns. One episode even sort-of lampshaded it when Creator/IoanGrufford's character explained to a potential client who works in real estate that he specialises in criminal defence rather than property law and he might need to speak to someone from another department, but it turns out that said client needed defence counsel after getting arrested for breaking into his ex's apartment.
30th Jul '16 3:37:45 PM nombretomado
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* {{Subverted}} on ''{{Daria}}''--though she's occasionally threaten lawsuits to anyone she feels deserves it, Helen is specifically a corporate lawyer. For example, in one episode she and her sister Rita have a fight about whether or not Helen should handle her niece's divorce case; given their difficult relationship, Rita seemed to think Helen was just making excuses not to help.

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* {{Subverted}} on ''{{Daria}}''--though ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}''--though she's occasionally threaten lawsuits to anyone she feels deserves it, Helen is specifically a corporate lawyer. For example, in one episode she and her sister Rita have a fight about whether or not Helen should handle her niece's divorce case; given their difficult relationship, Rita seemed to think Helen was just making excuses not to help.
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