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"Founded in 1791 on ground deconsecrated by the blood of mass murderer Mathias Pavayne, Wolfram & Hart has put roots down in this glamorous city that grow deep, and branches that reach right into the heart of every major corporation, including Yoyodyne, Weyland Yutani and News Corp."
— Wolfram & Hart promotional video, Angel

Exactly What It Says on the Tin: lawyers that represent the occult and the bizarre creatures of the night. Caught taking a little crimson nip? We'll get you out before sunrise! Attacked by the local band of angry villagers? We'll get restraining orders against them all! Want revenge against your Mad Scientist creator? We'll get you emancipated and sue him for child support! The government has confiscated your light interplanetary vehicle for not being flight-worthy? We can help you sue them for not properly declaring an official tow-zone or providing means to contact a repair crew!

Our rates are reasonable, our hours excellent. We accept credit card, check, or virgin sacrifice. Pro bono work is not a specialty of ours, but should we consider it, we most certainly do not have our own reasons beyond potential future, gainful employment.

We frequently work closely with The Law Firm of Pun, Pun, and Wordplay to ensure our name is instantly recognizable to the savvy client. As a result, we don't often resort to ambulance-chasing; hearses, morgues, and funeral parlors are more remunerative when it comes to our specific business model.

If we aren't exactly what you are looking for, we recommend you check out the Amoral Attorney or Rules Lawyer, instead. Although a few on our retainer could easily count as those, too. See Fantastic Legal Weirdness for examples where the lawyers aren't necessarily occult but the cases they have to deal with definitely are.


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    Comic Books 
  • She-Hulk: Goodman, Lieber, Kurtzberg & Holliway, the law firm that employs She-Hulk for a time during the Dan Slott run, specialises in dealing with superhero-related and supernatural cases (although they represent aliens and underground civilizations, too). The later Charles Soule-written run has Jennifer operating as a solo practitioner, with many of her cases involving superpeople.

    Comic Strips 
  • In one Nodwick story, the heroes have to get past a pair of "infernal law clerks" to get to an evil wizard's palace, whom Artax calls "devils with the details". The two are foiled by Piffany after they fail to find anything immoral or unethical in her record worse than swatting a fly and become so shaken up by the "morally superior being" that she fools them into signing a contract without reading it, which gets rid of them.

    Fan Works 
  • The Harry Potter fic "Amber and Emerald" has a goblin and witch law firm of Gripsack and Twist, who are a surprisingly reputable if aptly vicious team.
  • In the Discworld fics of A.A. Pessimal, the unique law firm of Slant, Morecombe and Honeyplace is an occasional location. They are instrumental in devising the Lancre Protocol — an attempt to legally regulate the privileges a vampire actually does have when invited into somebody else's home. After the regrettable business in Lancre where it was universally accepted a vampire went a little bit too far with the accepted age-old common law right and took over the entire kingdom once invited into the king's castle, Mr. Slant created a whole sub-regulatory framework clearly defining the terms and conditions inherent on inviting the vampire into your home, with strict binding clauses on both invitee and invited. As he pointed out, vampires enjoy being invited to social parties and dinners too, and the host should have a clear expectation that nobody's going to be bitten unless they clearly express a wish to be. (Clause 27 (iii) (c).) Quite clearly common law, being an untidy mass of unwritten verbal agreements, needed to be ratified within a legal framework. Thus, a vampire in Ankh-Morpork needs to sign a legal disclaimer before being invited into the premises. For instance, Sally von Humpeding has a "season ticket" for visiting Ramkin Manor. The thorny issue of a vampire policewoman not being able to enter a house to make arrests or perform a search, should the householder refuse to grant her permission, is being examined separately by Mr. Slant as an urgent issue requiring much legal consideration.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Winesap and MacIntosh, Louis Cypher's lawyers from Angel Heart. The joke here being that those are names for two different kinds of apple, alluding to the Garden of Eden and the serpent's temptation.
  • The Devil's Advocate has lawyer Kevin Lomax join Milton, Chadwick and Waters. They are knee-deep in organised crime and are willing to murder those who betray or threaten to expose them, but seek to accomplish their amoral goals chiefly through litigation — the point of the exercise being to demonstrate the world unsustainable through Loophole Abuse.
    Milton: Because the law, my boy, puts us into everything. It's the ultimate backstage pass. It's the new priesthood, baby. Did you know there are more students in law school than lawyers walking the Earth? We're coming out — guns blazing! The two of you, all of us, acquittal after acquittal after acquittal, until the stench of it reaches so high and far into Heaven, it chokes the whole fucking lot of them!

  • While the heroes in the Craft Sequence novels aren't always employed by law firms, the Craft is effectively treating as practicing law with the universe. The first novel, Three Parts Dead, is about a necromancer employed by a firm of sorcerers who is sent to help carve up and resurrect a city's patron god in what's effectively a divine form of bankruptcy restructuring.
  • Discworld: The law offices of Morecomb, Honeyplace, and Slant in Ankh-Morpork aren't necessarily 100% occult, but there's no denying they've been in the business longer than anyone else; Mr. Slant is a zombie (and a major player in city politics), and his partners are both vampires (and while Morecombe has appeared in Men at Arms serving as the Ramkin family lawyer, Mr. Honeyplace has only ever been mentioned). They don't necessarily specialize in supernatural cases, but then, nor do the firms run by living human lawyers specialize in mundane cases; that's just the kind of world Discworld is. Mr. Slant is feared throughout the drawing rooms of the rich and powerful in Ankh-Morpork not because he's a zombie but because he's been practicing law for so long that he set most of the precedents cited in contemporary cases.
  • Mann, Levinn and Lewis from Pact. A firm composed of practitioners, almost all diabolists, who offered their top-notch services (and their identities) to demons in exchange for the cleansing of their karmic debt, just to avoid the consequences of a botched summoning and/or to avoid death-by-diabolist-hunters. They're cheerfully upfront about wanting this fate for the protagonist, which is why they assist him so that he can live long enough to one day be backed into a corner and take the deal. This is an unusual case of this trope for two reasons:
    • The firm ends up being the Big Bad and Final Boss of the serial; the demons they work with are Always Chaotic Evil beings that seek a Class X-4 (destruction of the universe) if not Class Z (destruction of reality) level Apocalypse, so when circumstances arise in which they can hasten this, they stop being dangerous peripheral characters and start fighting in earnest.
    • While they enjoy enormous power and clout within the supernatural community, as per usual for this trope, it's a rather horrible place to work; when Ms. Lewis is blasted in the chest at point-blank range with a rifle (taking the full, gory damage an ordinary human would,) she recovers in minutes and says "My continued employment supercedes death" but also "it's been a few long months since I felt proper agony."

    Live-Action TV 
  • Wolfram & Hart from Angel start off as just a particularly evil-aligned example of this trope, but are later revealed to be the front organisation for an extremely powerful trio of extra-dimensional demons, the titular Wolf, Ram, and Hart. They claim the "senior partners" draw power from pretty much all human evils (so they are invested in making sure the world provides plenty of opportunities and pressures for people to do evil things) and are the main force behind the final apocalypse in a setting where there are dozens of them queued up.
  • Cole from Charmed (1998) originally poses as an Assistant District Attorney while plotting to kill the sisters and, after that collapsed, is employed by various law firms over the course of the series. A lawyer and a demon? The jokes write themselves.
  • Daniel Webster from Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is a lawyer who specializes in witch law after a Deal with the Devil backfired and got his daughter killed.

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  • The Dark Skies Corporation from Bleak World is this as well as being a Mega-Corp and N.G.O. Superpower. They harvest the souls of their clients for some unknown purpose and are led by a group of evil lawyers who sold their souls for immortality and all the legal knowledge there is.
  • Dungeons & Dragons: The Devils maintain a court system for both internal affairs and mortals disputing their diabolic pacts. Erinyes work here as lawyers, and while their organization isn't expanded upon, it's noted that their Lawful nature means that they will make sure their clients always get the best possible legal advice, no matter what.

    Video Games 
  • The protagonist of Choice of the Deathless is a lawyer-sorcerer fresh out of the bar exam and signs up with the Varkath, Nebuchadnezzar, & Stone firm, and goes through several story arcs where the protagonist uses legal acumen and the Craft to deal with intra- and inter-office politics, a pro bono job to get a demon out of a bad labor contract, litigating one of the few surviving deities, and sorting out a contract dispute between an energy corporation and a race of demons. The game shares a setting with the Craft Sequence novels.
  • Team Fortress 2: According to the supplemental materials, the Soldier somehow managed to become an Amoral Attorney. He even ended up advising the two recently deceased Mann Brothers about how they each needed to send the other to hell to pick up their inheritance. The implausibility of the Soldier passing his bar exams is lampshaded and then Hand Waved with a remarkably literal example of A Wizard Did It. It sure helped him having Merasmus as a roommate for a time.

  • Exterminatus Now reveals that the Patterner (the setting's version of Tzeentch) actually lost a lawsuit to Tzeentch as regards being the god of change, with Tzeentch's lawyer being a Lord of Change and the Patterner's... a hat with googly eyes.
  • In the opening chapter of Monster Soup, the same lawyer represents all of the main cast, though he comes across as more of a public defender.
  • Simon from Simon Sues is an example of this trope.
  • Wolff and Byrd, Counselors of the Macabre, Supernatural Law.
    Beware the Creatures of the Night — they have lawyers!

    Web Original 
  • Jun Ishikawa, a character from the Nansei series (a set of musical albums and stories inspired by the Touhou Project franchise, but lacking actual games, created by LENK64 aka Miki Hiroyuki) is an evil god who is also apparently an attorney.
  • The law firm Mack goes to in Tales of MU. Technically all law firms, given the High Fantasy setting, but this one is played as more willing than most to represent non-humans — they've apparently worked for greater Dragons in the past.