While many TV shows and films focus on the high-stakes drama of criminal law, there are just as many compelling stories to tell from the perspective of an injury lawyer. Whether these stories play out on the big screen or the small screen, these charismatic actor portrayals make the role of an injury lawyer look exciting and noble. Here are five of our all-time favorite injury lawyer roles on TV and in film.
Louis Canning, “The Good Wife” (played by Michael J. Fox)
Michael J. Fox is widely considered one of the most charismatic and charming actors in the business. So it’s no wonder that Fox’s character on “The Good Wife” is also perceived as being quite the charmer. While Louis Canning may be a bit of a controversial character, this skilled lawyer is excellent at endearing himself to judges and juries. Canning, who suffers from a neurological disease called tardive dyskinesia, famously worked hard to bring a class action lawsuit against a chemical company that dumped pesticides near a residential area. The residents of the neighborhood experienced terrible health problems as a result.
Erin Brockovitch, “Erin Brockovitch” (played by Julia Roberts)
One of Julia Roberts’ most iconic roles was that of Erin Brockovitch in the 2000 film of the same name. In the movie, Brockovitch brings a suit against an energy company that contaminated the groundwater in California community. People who consumed the water developed tumors and other health problems. Viewers loved to see Erin balancing the demands of her family with her crusade for justice.
Jan Schlichtmann, “A Civil Action” (played by John Travolta)
Travolta is a charming actor, and he brought his unique style to the role of Jan Schlichtmann. In the film, Travolta’s character was a lawyer who took up a case against a company that polluted the water in a Massachusetts town. Many children’s deaths were linked to the pollution problem. While Travolta’s character seems a bit unrelatable at the start of the film when he’s driving around in a Porsche, he quickly becomes a character that viewers can root for. He denies multiple settlement offers, proving that he doesn’t care as much about making money as he does about getting justice for those who were affected. Jan loses the case, but he remains one of cinema’s most beloved lawyers.
Claire Wyatt, “The Practice” (played by Chyler Leigh)
In the classic episode “The Making of a Trial Attorney,” Claire Wyatt needs to work a case that revolves around a kid’s soccer injury. Claire was always one of the most likeable characters on “The Practice.”
Denise Bauer, “Boston Legal” (played by Julie Bowen)
Before she was on “Modern Family,” actress Julie Bowen played lawyer Denise Bauer on “Boston Legal.” In the episode “Men to Boys,” Denise took on a case about a car accident that caused the death of a young woman. The case revolved around a defective pick-up truck, and Denise scrambled to find a strategy that would work for her. Denise was one of the least quirky, most likeable lawyers on the show.
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