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->''You think ''I'm'' bad, wait 'til you meet'' '''''my lawyers'''''''!''
-->-- '''Koga Shuto''', ''Film/DoubleDragon''

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ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. These are {{mooks}} in suits, used for intimidation. When a character in a story feels he's been wronged (or feels he can get away with breaking the law), he'll often threaten to call upon his army of lawyers. Especially when [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney said character is rich.]] (Sometimes, the army is called "my legal team", same diff. In other words, lawyer overkill.)

Sometimes that Army can actually be seen in a show, and when they are, they are invariably marching in ranks behind the character, in step and double-file (and often with an added parodic sound effect of marching jackboots). Occasionally it will be a team of [[YesMan Yes Men]] or [[MiddleManagementMook Middle Management Mook]]s rather than lawyers, but with the same effect: [[GunboatDiplomacy a martial show of force]] in a corporate or legal setting. Sometimes the Army will be acting on behalf of an unseen (usually evil) client, all members of the Army working toward one ominous goal.

Compare EvilLawyerJoke, YouWannaGetSued.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Film ]]

* In ''NationalLampoonsChristmasVacation'', Clark's boss is introduced with a team of yes-men marching lockstep behind him (with foley marching sound effects).
* In JohnGrisham's ''TheRainmaker'', NaiveNewcomer attorney Rudy Baylor has an OhCrap moment when he meets the [[DavidVersusGoliath opposing legal team]].
-->'''Rudy''': ''I do believe that '''centuries''' of cumulative legal experience are seated at this table, all in opposition to me.''
** A subtle yet deadly approach to this trope, as he's talking about eight EvilOldFolks - as in eight senior citizens who have been getting {{Mega Corp}}s OffOnATechnicality since they were his age.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* Both the plaintiff and the big tobacco company have one of these in JohnGrisham's ''The Runaway Jury''.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** There's an ArmyOfLawyers surrounding the Lavish family in ''Discworld/MakingMoney'', although they're mostly there to threaten [[BigScrewedUpFamily other Lavishes]].
** The Elf Queen summons an ArmyOfLawyers in ''Discworld/TheWeeFreeMen''; the one thing the Nac Mac Feegle are scared of.
* It's mentioned many times in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' that [[TheDon Gentleman Johny Marcone]] has an ArmyOfLawyers to protect him from any kind of legal charges.
** Considering that they manage to get charges against him from the FBI thrown out of court, they're quite good.
* ''Literature/TheSupernaturalist'' features combat lawyers known as Paralegals, causing a character to remark "I liked it better when they fought with briefcases".

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* The law firm of Wolfram & Hart from ''Series/{{Angel}}''. On a few occasions, Angel couldn't finger someone for murder because, as a vampire with no surname or social security card, he couldn't testify to it in a court of law.
** The firm made itself a nuisance in a variety of other ways, such as punching holes in the deed to Angel's headquarters, or getting a city order to fumigate the place. (The exterminators didn't spray for bugs, they [[SinisterSurveillance planted them]].)
* This was, of course, Veronica Cale's parting shot in the failed ''Wonder Woman'' [[Series/WonderWoman2011Pilot TV pilot]].
-->"You're about to meet your match, Wonder Woman: The American criminal justice system!"
* One episode of ''The Defenders'' (the 2010 series with lawyers, not [[ComicBook/TheDefenders that comic book series]]) has one episode's bad guys use their ArmyOfLawyers as a blatant show of force. There are so many of them that when they sit down at their ridiculously long table they need two row of chairs.

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[[folder: Newspapers ]]

* Parodied in one FarSide comic, where an explorer at the edge of an island jungle is confronted with a group of men in suits with briefcases.
-->'''caption:''' Wellington held out some beads and other trinkets, but the islanders had sent their fiercest lawyers- some of whom were chanting, "Sue him! Sue him!"
* There's a KAL cartoon about the contested 2000 Bush-Gore election in Florida. It's in the general format of "12 Days of Christmas" and number six is "six legions of lawyers".

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* In ''VideoGame/CivilizationCallToPower'' and its sequel, once you reach the Modern Era, you can train Lawyers and Corporate Branches to wage economic warfare on your enemies. Ordinary army-units are mostly helpless against them, too - only Lawyers can fight Lawyers. And they're really, really effective. This means that unless it ends before you develop that far, a multiplayer match will inevitably devolve into an earth-shattering confrontation between two competing armies of briefcase-wielding, suit-wearing lawyers (and corporate branches).
* ''RedAlert3Paradox'': Employed by the [[CyberPunk Cyberpunkish]] [[TheMafia Mediterranean]] [[TheSyndicate Syndicate]], and equipped with suitcases that let them telekinetically hold you in place.

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[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* The Partnership Collective in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary''.
* Thief's Ninja Lawyers in ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater''.
* Torg and Riff of ''SluggyFreelance'' are [[http://sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/010916 confronted with a "Gaggle of Slavering Lawyers"]] when trying to rent a house. Disturbingly, it is revealed that the horde is not actually an army ''per se'', but one entity with bird legs and numerous suited lawyer torsos and heads.
* ''Webcomic/KiwiBlitz'': When Steffi's ClarkKenting utterly fails, Reed tells her that the only reason the Police haven't questioned her and her dad is that the latter "has like fifty lawyers" thanks to being CEO of a big company.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
** C. Montgomery Burns has a team of lawyers but usually only the [[NoNameGiven Blue Haired Lawyer]] talks.
** The episode "The Joy of Sect" had the [[ChurchOfHappyology Movementarians]] call out their lawyers (in the style of some firemen) when they've realised that Marge managed to break her family out.
* [[WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar LAWYER TEAM, ACTIVATE!]]

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* Creator/{{IBM}}'s lawyers [[http://www.boiledbeans.net/2008/03/27/yet-another-bluish-question/ have been compared]] to the ''Nazgūl'' (of [[Literature/LordOfTheRings LoTR]] fame).
* A [[http://www.endbudgetgridlock.com/Websites/stopthebudgetgames/Images/P25_BriefcaseArmy.mp3 recent radio commercial]] prior to the 2010 November elections in California warned voters that Proposition 25 was being fought by politicians and their "briefcase army" (with appropriate marching sound effects in the background).
* Creator/JKRowling is said to have an ArmyOfLawyers in [[http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/books/article2100186.ece this Times Online article]].
* On this website called "Classic Adventure Gaming," the writer asks that an unidentified man not sue him with his ArmyOfLawyers http://www.adventureclassicgaming.com/index.php/site/interviews/400/
* [[http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/11/12/prince_pirates/ "Prince sends ArmyOfLawyers to take on Pirate Bay"]]
* [[http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2010/06/bowen-army-of-l.html "Bowen: ArmyOfLawyers at the ready if Prop 14 passes"]]
* In 2012 President Obama said he had recruited [[http://washingtonexaminer.com/obama-dispatches-election-lawyers-all-across-the-country/article/2511996 "an army of lawyers"]] to provide legal help for voters and to monitor the polls.
* Humorous example: A famous entry in the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doo_Dah_Parade Doo Dah parade]] in Pasadena, California was the Synchronized Briefcase Drill Team, with 16 men & women in three-piece suits performing precision marching routines with attaché cases.
* Actual lawyers find this phenomenon very amusing, especially when you can be relatively sure that 3 of the 6 lawyers on one side of the bar are totally superfluous. They're only there to impress their own clients (and soak some more cash) and intimidate the other side's clients. Unfortunately, the "intimidation" part usually succeeds if the other side consists of one person with one attorney.
* The military actually has an "army of lawyers," in the form of Judge Advocate General Corps, which is literally the army of army (or, navy or air force) lawyers.
* TruthInTelevision, Justified: The defense team during the [=OJ=] Simpson murder case is an example of the various reasons why teamwork is good ("Hey, is anyone here a forensics expert? We better get one of those") and the hilarity that ensues when you try to get multiple egos and a possible alcoholic to work together. It's not uncommon for trial lawyers to specialize and/or be more gifted in one area than another, so in a high-profile trial in which money isn't a total constraint, it's not uncommon to see this trope. In any case in which multiple parties are filing against a defendant for the same reason, it will be (the attorneys representing) Plaintiff 1, Plaintiff 2, Plaintiff 3, and Plaintiff 4 vs. X, though only one or two attorneys actually make arguments to the court.
* TruthInTelevision for civil litigation. If the defendant is the one with money, they ''will'' amass a small army for depositions for the purpose of scaring the defendant and over-burdening the plaintiff's counsel. Discrimination cases are especially contentious, as the institution will want to settle without admitting fault and the plaintiff wants recognition of harm, so sending "ten guys in black suits" to the first deposition is a ''great'' way to coerce a settlement. [[SarcasmMode Hypothetically, anyway.]]

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