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Hello, Attorney!
aka: Legally Fruity

She wears three-inch heels, favors form-fitting suits with low-cut tops and hemlines well above the knee, has a sexy voice, and can impress many a man or woman. She also charges six hundred dollars an hour and doesn't care who her clients are, just as long as they pay. No, she's not a prostitute; she's a lawyer. (Same difference, right? But we kid, we kid.)

This is basically about sexy lawyers, judges, etc. While such portrayals usually constitute blatant Fanservice, they're occasionally justified in-universe (and in Real Life) by the phenomenon of lawyers using their sex appeal to woo clients or sway juries.

Hello, Attorney! often tries cases involving suspects captured by a Fair Cop.

Similar to Hospital Hottie, in which case, "Hello, Nurse!!" and Hot Scientist. Compare Hot Librarian (especially in visual appearance).


Examples:

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     Anime and Manga  

  • Teru Mikami from Death Note is a male example. Unlike most examples, while he is good looking, he's also very, VERY unhinged. (Of course, this is Death Note we're talking about, so this is pretty much a given.)
  • Eri Kisaki/Eva Kadan from Detective Conan. Bonus for having a teenage daughter who is just as pretty as she is.
    • Her rival, Reiko Kujou, is just as hot.
  • Kotoko Fujioka aka Haruhi's Missing Mom from Ouran.

     Comics  

  • So what if she's 6'7" and can bench a battleship, few deny that Jennifer Walters fits in here.
  • Matthew "Matt" Murdock is a male example.
  • The X-Men's lawyer, Evangeline "Vange" Whedon, is a Goth chick who bares her midriff more often than not. However, the fact that she turns into a Kaiju if blood touches her has cost her at least one boyfriend.
  • Captain America's girlfriend in the 80s Bernie Rosenthal.
  • Harvey Dent, pre-scarring, is generally acknowledged to be good looking, even getting called "Apollo" for his looks.

     Film  

     Literature  

  • In the Aunt Dimity series, attorney Bill Willis had a scraggly beard, a paunch and thick horn-rimmed glasses when Lori met him. He lost all three and Lori describes him as being "quite literally, tall, dark and handsome."

     Live Action TV  
  • This trope seems to be a favorite of David E. Kelley's:
    • The entire cast of Ally McBeal. Except maybe Richard Fish. Ally's fondness for very short skirts was often noted by viewers and characters within the show. In one episode, it is eventually revealed that this is an advertised selling point for the law firm — it's in their promo materials that all their female lawyers have to be hot.
    • The Practice and Boston Legal have no shortage of easy-on-the eyes characters. (Neither do any of his non-legal shows, for that matter.)
  • Angel:
    • Lilah Morgan
    • Lindsey McDonald is a male example.
  • Maggie Lizer, the faux-blind lawyer played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus from Arrested Development.
  • Erin Reagan-Boyle from Blue Bloods.
  • Booth's girlfriend from season 1 of Bones and one of his exes.
  • Theresa Conners played by Debrah Farentino on the short-lived EZ Streets.
  • Farentino also played a sexy ADA on the series Equal Justice.
  • The Good Wife: Julianna Margulies' title character as well as the entire rest of the firm.
    • Margulies' character (pictured above) in the short-lived Canterbury's Law is another good example. As critic Alan Sepinwall put it in his review of the pilot:
      "'Canterbury's Law' is a show that's almost entirely about Margulies' legs. That, or her shoes. Practically every scene opens with a fetishized close-up of Margulies' latest stylish pair of stilettos, then a pan up her stockings. When she complains that a co-worker is overshadowing her, he says, 'Relax. You've got better legs.' You know things are getting stressful for her when you see she's chosen to wear pants."
    • Not to mention Neena Broderick, the character Margulies played as the Girl of the Week in two episodes of Scrubs.
  • One episode of Castle featured a lawyer who had given up law to become a dominatrix.
  • Jenna Elfman's title character on Courting Alex.
  • Matthew Crawley of Downton Abbey in a very technical sense: he's a lawyer and played by the very pretty Dan Stevens, but we hardly ever see Matthew do any lawyering. Granted, he's a solicitor, so he doesn't argue cases, but we don't really even see him do the work of the kind that solicitors do (advising clients, negotiating/drafting contracts,note  doing paperwork, etc.).
  • Eli Stone
  • French series Engrenages has two of them - male and female versions. The male one is dark-haired firm-chinned prosecutor Pierre Clément. The female one is busty and slender redhead Joséphine Karlsson, who also displays a deep lack of morals.
  • Justin, Lauren and Kate (former attorney, now mediator) all qualify from Fairly Legal.
  • Kuryu Kohei, from the Japanese TV drama Hero, is a male example.
  • Joyce Davenport in Hill Street Blues.
  • Sela Ward as Gregory House's now-married ex-girlfriend on House.
  • JAG: Both protagonists are hot.
    • Sarah Mackenzie, the Ms. Fanservice. This got a nod on the show itself, with they land a big public case, and a late night TV host says something to the effect of "Colonel Mackenzie? More like Major Babe."
    • Harmon Rabb was Mr. Fanservice. Plus he got to wear a uniform and was a pilot.
    • Rabb's female partners in the 1st season, Caitlin Pike and Meg Austin, are not too bad either.
  • Judge John Deed
  • Judge Amy Gray, of Judging Amy, and her aide.
  • Grace Van Owen, on L.A. Law.
    • Kind of subverted because the other female lawyers, in starring roles, are more average looking.
  • Law & Order: Pretty much every single post-Robinette ADA, including a few of the men (and for some, Robinette himself). Claire Kincaid, Jamie Ross, and Abbie Carmichael in particular. It's been Lampshaded; in Claire's first episode, she asks Jack about sexual relationships with his female ADAs. He says he only had three such relationships in 24 years, including an ex-wife. At the end of the episode, she says she checked, and he's only had three female assistants. He insists he was being honest.
    • Jamie Ross arguably tops the lot- she's played by a former Bond Girl!
    • Annie Parisse's first appearance on L&O was as a stripper named Jasmine. They brought her back to play ADA Alexandra Borgia.
    • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit ADAs, most notably Alex Cabot and Casey Novak. Some people argue that Kim Greylek (Michaela McManus) was probably SVU's hottest ADA, for the fifteen episodes she actually appeared in. Others counter-argue that she was also the flattest as a character.
    • Even though she was only in one episode, ADA Mikka Von (Paula Patton) seemed to have had everybody fawning over her.
    • The newest ADA, and SVU's first male in the role, is Rafael Barba. He gets almost as much admiration as Alex and Casey.
    • In addition to Alex herself, all her ADAs on the short-lived spinoff Conviction were pretty telegenic.
    • She only appeared in a couple of episodes, but Patricia Kent on Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
    • Law & Order: Trial by Jury had bureau chief Tracey Kibre (played by the delectable Bebe Neuwirth) and ADA Kelly Gaffney.
    • Law & Order: UK seems to be following in this trend as well with the casting of Freema Agyeman.
    • Also lampshaded by Alana De La Garza's ADA Connie Rubirosa in the Season 18 Episode "Tango" and the Season 20 Episode "Reality Bites", where EADA Michael Cutter takes advantage of a juror's and a reality TV producer's interests (respectively) in her to advance the People's case in both episodes.
  • While not really lawyers, Tara and Hardison on Leverage both portray them as part of cons. Tara is even referred to as a Hot Librarian when the team sees her for the first time.
  • Dr. Lightman's ex-wife from Lie to Me, who says she left him partly because when she was just wearing a thong, he was looking at her eyebrows. She's played by Jennifer "Flashdance" Beals.
  • Constance from Life.
  • Sideways Ilana on LOST.
  • Christine Sullivan of Night Court.
  • Sherry Stringfield, Sharon Lawrence, and, especially, Gabrcelle Beauvais-Nilon on NYPD Blue.
  • Kim Delaney's defense-attorney protagonist on the short-lived Philly
  • All the main cast of Raising the Bar, but Michelle and Bobbi in particular.
  • Sexual harassment lawyer Mary Tate on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.
  • The CBS series The Defenders had stripper-turned-lawyer Lisa Tyler.
  • Liz Traynor in The Good Guys.
  • Marsha Darden (played by Cristine Rose) on The Jamie Foxx Show (the episode "I've Fallen and I Won't Get Up").
  • Beth Davenport in The Rockford Files.
  • The Wire:
    • Asst. State's Attorney Rhonda Pearlman. A gorgeous woman, and Love Interest to two police guys who are very attractive themselves.
    • One Fair Cop is forced to leave the Baltimore PD and becomes an attorney in the finale. It's Cedric Daniels
  • Alex Cahill on Walker, Texas Ranger.
  • The law firm of Pearson Hardman on Suits is rife with this. Managing partner Jessica Pearson shows off her looks with great pride (she is of course played by Gina "Zoe" Torres . There is also pretty paralegal Rachel Zane and assorted other extras running around the firm. On the male side, protagonists Harvey Specter and Mike Ross are both extremely handsome. Part of the running joke is that Harvey's main rival, Louis Litt, is a balding, average-looking man who is always compared unfavorably with Harvey. (Although he does seem at times to have the kavorka).
  • Nathan Petrelli and Alek Rybak, both played by Adrian Pasdar.
  • Erin and Tatum from Crownies. Lina is also attractive but is a lot more conservative in how she dresses.
  • Laurel Lance from Arrow has the looks but she doesn't usually use them to help win cases - that's more her smarts (and the occasionally the Starling City Vigilante).
  • In the pilot of the 1990's Australian series The Feds, a federal police officer is being grilled on the witness stand by a female defense lawyer played by Sigrid Thornton, who starts asking if he'd ever cheated on his wife before the judge rules it irrelevant. Afterwards the prosecutor realises how she'd know this.
    Prosecutor: You slept with her, didn't you? You lucky bastard!
  • Angela Valdes in Power.

     Music  

     Video Games  
  • Much of the main cast of the Ace Attorney series, Mia Fey in particular.
    • Except the Judge and his brother. Definitely not the Judge or his brother. Unless you're into that kind of thing
    • Diego Armando, huff huff huff. And also as Godot
    • And Klavier Gavin, even if he's a prosecutor. Hell, he was the poster boy for Memetic Sex God in this wiki!
    • And Miles Edgeworth, who's up there with Gavin and Diego in the "Even the Guys Want Him" department.
    • And for the kinkier in the crowd, there's Franziska von Karma.
    • And hell, let's give the guy a break - Phoenix Wright himself has his charms.
    • Then there's Athena Cykes. She's cute as hell with an attractive figure and face.
  • A female character in Neverwinter Nights 2 with high Charisma and high ranks in conversation skills can achieve this during your trial for mass murder during the second chapter of the main campaign.
  • If your daughter in Princess Maker 2 has enough Intelligence, Morals and Faith among other stuff, she can become a judge.
  • In Katawa Shoujo, Lilly's sister Akira is a Bifauxnen version.
  • Elara Dorne in Star Wars: The Old Republic has shades of this; she may not be an attorney per se, but she can navigate the bureaucracy of the Republic military like no other.
  • Maribelle from Fire Emblem Awakening wants to become a judge/magistrate, and she does in her ending. Though we see her work as a White Mage/prospect Combat Medic.

     Webcomics  

     Western Animation  

     Real Life  
  • It's probably worth mentioning (everyone else did) that Scott Brown, the new Republican Senator from Massachusetts, posed naked in Cosmo while in law school.
  • There are entire blogs to men and women of the judicial bench and ranking their hotness Some say its unprofessional. Others say they were jealous they didn't rank higher.
  • Victoria Zdrok. Playboy Playmate, Penthouse Pet, selected as one of the 10 sexiest women of 2002 by Celebrity Sleuth Magazine and a New York Attorney
  • Apprentice Contenders Muna Heaven, Steffani Schaeffer and Kristine Lefebvre (who paid her way through law school by modelling)
  • Nancy Dell'Ollio
  • The Real Housewives of Atlanta star Phaedra Parks
  • Project Runway contestant Star Ilzhoefer
  • Catherine Crier
  • Judge Maria Lopez
  • Jacqui Frazier
  • The Amazing Race 5 contestant Mirna Hindoyan
  • Candace Smith. Miss Ohio USA 2003 and one of "Barkers Beauties" on The Price Is Right
  • The deceased Barbara Olson
  • The sudden internet fandom the Crimean chief prosecutor Natalia Poklonskaya garnered combines this with Good-Looking Privates. She appears to be quite willing to weaponise this trope, too:
  • Federal District Court judge and one time Attorney General nominee Kimba Wood is a former Playboy Bunny.

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alternative title(s): Legally Fruity; Sexy Lawyer; Take Her From This Place To My Place
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