The 2011 [[{{The Film of the Book}} adaptation]] of Creator/MichaelConnelly's 2005 novel of same title.

Mickey Haller (Creator/MatthewMcConaughey) is a comfortably AmoralAttorney, gladly defending his lawless clientele even when he knows they're guilty. He is also extremely competent, and his services command substantial fees. His trademark: the beaten-up old Lincoln he rides around in. His willingness to defend known criminals has given him a reputation, and that reputation is about to get him tangled up in some serious trouble...

Enter Louis Roulet, a rich trust fund kid accused of attempting to rape and murder a young woman he met at a bar. With his wealthy parents' money, Roulet retains Haller as a lawyer. Roulet insists that he is absolutely innocent, but the young lady tells a different story. Within a few days revelations from both sides of the case send things spiraling out of control, and Mickey Haller finds himself and his loved ones in serious danger but unable to defend them due to the machinations of a brilliant criminal. But perhaps the would-be mastermind has underestimated the cunning of the Lincoln Lawyer...

The film was a modest financial success, more than making back its budget, and did very well with critics at the time of its release.
!! This film and/or the source novel provids examples of:
* AcquittedTooLate: Attorney Mickey Haller's client Jesus Martinez spends several years in San Quentin [[spoiler:for a murder he didn't commit. In the book he's HIV+ due to PrisonRape]].
* AdaptationNameChange: Investigator Raul Levin becomes Frank Levin, judge Connie Fullbright [[GenderFlip becomes]] Jameson Fullbright, and Jesus Menendez becomes Jesus Martinez.
* AllBikersAreHellsAngels
* TheAllegedCar: Haller's Lincoln in the book was an up-to-date model he replaced every three years. In the movie it was a 1980's model that would be an overheating, unreliable beast under the kind of use he puts it through.
* AmicablyDivorced: Haller and his ex-wife, a prosecutor for the DA's office.
** Also, Haller and his ''second'' ex-wife, who [[WorkingWithTheEx works as his secretary]].
* AmoralAttorney: Defense attorney Mickey Haller is seen by prosecutors (including his ex-wife) as one. Haller points out that all too often, [[{{Hypocrite}} the prosecution]] tries to pin unsolved crimes on defendants and pull other questionable legal maneuvers. [[spoiler:The prosecutor who took over Roulet's case after Haller's ex-wife left to avoid conflict of interest provided an example]].
* AndThisIsFor: After Mickey Haller [[spoiler:exposes Louis Roulet as the real culprit of a murder another client of his was wrongfully convicted for, he told Louis it was for Raul Levin, an investigator killed while looking for evidence]].
* AntiHero: Haller
* TheAtoner: Mickey Haller becomes this after he finds out he once strong-armed an innocent client into pleading guilty.
* BatmanGambit: Haller knew that the DA would be so eager to pounce on DJ Curliss, that he wouldn't look into his past and learn about [[spoiler: his history of being a jailhouse snitch and his record of lying]]. Not only did this put the final nail in [[spoiler:Roulet's case, but it caused the DA's office to take another look at the Martinez case.]] Which is what Haller wanted all along.
* ChekhovsGun: Early in the movie, Roulet mentions that the only criminal records against him are parking tickets. It turns out [[spoiler: a certain parking ticket he received links him to the murder of the hooker Roulet killed and pinned on Martinez.]]
** A literal gun in the case of the one Haller gets from his driver (at his request). It looks like he's going to use it on [[spoiler:Roulet, but he only uses it to ward Roulet off until the bikers arrive. He actually uses it on Mrs. Roulet, who shot him after confessing that she killed Frank.]]
* CurbStompBattle: [[spoiler:Roulet]] vs. the aforementioned biker gang. It is ''glorious'' to behold.
-->'''Haller:''' ''Hospital'', not the morgue.
* ForTheEvulz: Why Roulet picked a low-rent attorney like Haller, when he had the resources to hire a bigger name. [[spoiler: He knew Haller had represented a man he'd framed for an earlier murder, knew Haller would figure it out, and knew Haller couldn't do a damn thing about it without sacrificing his career.]] [[TakeAThirdOption Or so he thought.]]
* GenderFlip: Judge Fullbright is a woman in the book and a man in the film.
* GrayAndBlackMorality: Haller might be an AmoralAttorney who knowingly defends guilty clients, but he's up against much worse. Still and all, don't be surprised if you spend half of the film wondering about who you want to win...
* GoodParents: Haller and his prosecutor ex-wife are loving parents to their daughter Hayley.
* GPSEvidence: [[spoiler: The parking tickets that Roulet accumulated were able to show where he was on the night of the murders he's indicted for.]]
* GuileHero: Haller excels at setting up situations in advance to benefit himself.
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Gloria, who has a friendly relationship with Haller, her lawyer, and [[spoiler:helps Haller find out about DJ Curliss]].
* IAlwaysWantedToSayThat: In the novel, a detective is warning Haller.
--> “So get out there and enjoy yourself while you can. But don’t leave town.”\\
He laughed, almost giddy with himself.\\
“Man, I thought they only said that in movies. But there, I just said it! I wish my partner had been here."
* ItWasAGift: Haller's rare model of gun, which was handed down to him by his attorney father, who received it from an acquitted mobster client.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Haller may be a sleazy lawyer but he is also a caring friend, loving father and generous boss. And he is clearly appalled at Louis' viciousness.
* LandPoor: In the book, it's revealed that Mickey Haller bought his home ignoring maintenance costs. He believes bail bondsman Fernando Valenzuela wouldn't accept it as collateral for a five-thousand-dollar debt.
* {{MamaBear}}/{{PapaWolf}}: Mrs. Windsor and Haller, respectively.
* MeaningfulName: Haller's client has the surname Roulet, [[{{RougeAnglesOfSatin}} "like a roulette wheel"]] according to Haller's friend. Roulet's mother, a rich and overbearing woman, remarried and is now [[UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfWindsor Mrs. Windsor]].
* MiscarriageOfJustice: A prostitute was raped and killed and a client she had recently met was wrongly arrested for that.
* NaughtyByNight: [[spoiler: Roulet, such a nice boy, playing golf during daylight, killing prostitutes at night.]]
* NiceToTheWaiter: Haller is a great boss and friend to his driver Earl, even keeping him on long after he no longer needs him.
* OffOnATechnicality: Some of Haller's clients.
* OhCrap: Minton, the prosecutor for the Roulet case, has this look when Roulet reveals his [[{{RapeAsDrama}} reasons]] for always carrying the weapon with which he was accused of assaulting the victim, thus blowing a huge hole in Minton's case.
** Also used, when Roulet's mother tells him [[spoiler: that ''she'' was found raped by her son.]] Josh Lucas is handling [[DidntSeeThatComing it]].
* OnTheRebound: It's revealed in the book that Mickey's ''second'' failed marriage started that way.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: An early hint to [[spoiler: Louis's]] true nature. He says "I woke up with two faggots on top of me", refusing to tone down his language for the court.
* ReminiscingAboutYourVictims: Kinda [[LampshadeHanging lampshade-hung]], when Haller [[spoiler: sets Roulet up by making Corliss swear they talked about his killings, with details, though it never happened]].
* SerialKiller: [[spoiler:Louis Roulet]].
* ShameIfSomethingHappened:[[spoiler:Roulet]] makes a veiled threat to Haller about Haller's daughter Hayley.
* StraightGay: Frank.
* StupidEvil: [[spoiler: Roulet choosing Haller was really just a sadistic ploy on his part, since had he chosen any other lawyer not only could he have been given as good or better representation, but no lawyer but Haller was likely to have even made the connection between the two crimes in the first place. Could also be a case of EvilCannotComprehendGood- Roulet may think that Haller will fight extra-hard for him with his career on the line, not realising that he'll just try extra-hard to find a way to screw Roulet over and make sure he is sent to jail. Ultimately Roulet seems simply to think that in choosing Haller he is being diabolically clever and showing that he, a rich kid with no career or real qualifications to speak of, is smarter than a lower-middle class professional lawyer- especially if Haller ''didn't'' make the connection-, not to mention [[EvilGloating he probably just wanted someone to brag his crimes to safely.]]]]
* TooDumbToLive: Roulet, upon seeing an entire biker gang busting up his car, walks up to them and demands to know what the hell they think they're doing. ''They then proceed to brutally show him exactly what the hell they think they're doing.'' It's very plain that if Haller had not been there to keep them on a leash, it would have been the morgue and ''not'' the hospital.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: Most of the trailers make no effort to hide that [[spoiler: Roulet is very guilty of what he's being accused of]]; those that don't show it outright heavily imply it.
* VanityLicensePlate: Haller's plate, NTGUILTY.
* WorkOffTheDebt: Half of Haller's driver's wages are to pay for his fees.
* WouldHurtAChild: [[spoiler: Roulet]] shows no problems with making threats against a ten-year-old.