Famous American Lawyers

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 1 Robert Kardashian

Robert Kardashian
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Famous As: Attorney
Birthdate: February 22, 1944
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: September 30, 2003

An attorney, Robert Kardashian gained national recognition as O. J. Simpson's defense attorney during Simpson's infamous murder trial in 1995. Even though he was friends with Simpson at the time of the trial, he stopped talking to him later on. He was once married to Kris Kardashian and fathered Kourtney, Kimberly, Khloé, and Rob Kardashian with her.

 2 Douglas Emhoff

Douglas Emhoff
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Famous As: Lawyer, Husband of Kamala Harris
Birthdate: 1964 AD
Nationality: American
A litigator and strategic advisor, Douglas Emhoff has years of experience behind him and is currently a partner at the prominent DLA Piper Law Firm with specialty in entertainment and intellectual property law. Husband of 2020 US vice presidential candidate, Kamala Harris, he is highly supportive of his wife’s political career.

 3 Amy Coney Barrett

Amy Coney Barrett
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: January 28, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 4 Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 22, 1970
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

Ted Cruz is the US Senator from Texas since 2013. He also made a bid for the presidential office in 2016 when he threw in his hat for the nominee from the Republican party but ended as a runner-up and later on endorsed the Republican party candidate Donald Trump, who was ultimately elected President. 

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 5 Beau Biden

Beau Biden
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Famous As: Son of Joe Biden
Birthdate: February 3, 1969
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: May 30, 2015

A politician and attorney, Beau Biden was the eldest child of politician Joe Biden. As a little boy, he was severely injured in a car accident in which his mother and sister perished. He overcame several challenges to become a successful attorney. However, fate was cruel to him and he died of brain cancer at the age of 46.

 6 Hunter Biden

Hunter Biden
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: February 4, 1970
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 7 Brett Kavanaugh

Brett Kavanaugh
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Famous As: Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
Birthdate: February 12, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

Brett Kavanaugh started serving as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the US after being nominated by Donald Trump in 2018. Interestingly, Christine Blasey Ford accused him of sexually abusing her in the 1980s. Three other women also claimed that they were sexually assaulted by Brett, with one woman recanting her accusation later. Brett has denied all the accusations.

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 8 Rudy Giuliani

Rudy Giuliani
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Famous As: Former Mayor of New York City, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York
Birthdate: May 28, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

American politician Rudy Giuliani, who served as the Mayor of New York City from 1994 to 2001, received major attention and praise for his handling of crisis in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks in his city. He was named Time magazine’s Person of the Year in December 2001 for his efforts. However, there have also been allegations of corruption against him.

 9 Robert Mueller

Robert Mueller
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Famous As: Former Director of FBI, Attorney
Birthdate: August 7, 1944
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Republican attorney Robert Mueller served as the sixth and the second-longest-serving FBI director, from 2001 to 2013. He was also the special counsel for the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections. His service in the Vietnam War earned him the Purple Heart Medal and the Bronze Star.

 10 James Comey

James Comey
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Famous As: Former Director of the FBI
Birthdate: December 14, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Former U.S. deputy attorney general James Comey was made the FBI director by Barack Obama. However, Donald Trump dismissed Comey in 2017, reportedly due to Trump’s fears regarding the investigations on Russian intervention. Comey has worked with Bridgewater Associates and HSBC Holdings and was a scholar at Columbia Law School

 11 Johnnie Cochran

Johnnie Cochran
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: October 2, 1937
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: March 29, 2005
Johnnie Cochran was an American civil activist and lawyer. Cochran played an important role in the acquittal of former football player O. J. Simpson in connection with the murder of the latter's ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson. Cochran had also represented other celebrities like Michael Jackson, Sean Combs, Tupac Shakur, Snoop Dogg, Riddick Bowe, and Jim Brown to name a few.

 12 Mike Pompeo

Mike Pompeo
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 30, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 13 Jeff Sessions

Jeff Sessions
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Famous As: Attorney General of the United States
Birthdate: December 24, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

Jeff Sessions is an American lawyer and politician. An important member of the Republican Party, Sessions was the 84th US Attorney General, serving under President Donald Trump's administration. Throughout his political career, Jeff Sessions has played important roles, such as co-sponsoring the bill to award the prestigious Congressional Gold Medal to civil rights movement activist Rosa Parks.

 14 Marcia Clark

Marcia Clark
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Famous As: Lawyer, Author, TV Correspondent
Birthdate: August 31, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

Marcia Clark is best known as the lead prosecutor of the O.J. Simpson murder trial. She has also written several books, including novels from the Rachel Knight series and the Samantha Brinkman series and a non-fiction about the Simpson case. She has also written crime articles for The Daily Beast.

 15 Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
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Famous As: Environment Activist & Attorney
Birthdate: January 17, 1954
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

A well-known environmental attorney and an activist, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has tirelessly worked for prosecuting governments and companies responsible for polluting environment and waterbodies like the Long Island Sound and Hudson River. Moreover, he has written books and articles on issues affecting the environment. Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s work have won him prestigious awards and inspired numerous films and documentaries. 

 16 Andrew Yang

Andrew Yang
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: January 13, 1975
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 17 Amy Klobuchar

Amy Klobuchar
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 25, 1960
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Politician and lawyer Amy Klobuchar became the first elected female U.S. senator from Minnesota in 2007. She has earlier served as the Hennepin County attorney. She contested in the Democratic presidential primaries in 2020, before withdrawing to endorse Joe Biden. She has authored two books and has won numerous awards.

 18 Thurgood Marshall

Thurgood Marshall
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Famous As: Former Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court
Birthdate: July 2, 1908
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: January 24, 1993

The first African-American member of the US Supreme Court, Thurgood Marshall was an associate justice from 1967 to 1991. Earlier as an attorney, he fought for the abolishment of racial segregation in American public schools. He was also a strong proponent of individual rights. A symbol of black icon, there are numerous memorials in America to honour his legacy.

 19 Stacey Abrams

Stacey Abrams
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 9, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 20 Alan Dershowitz

Alan Dershowitz
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: September 1, 1938
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

One of the most famous American lawyers, Alan Dershowitz is known for handling high profile cases. In 1995, he was part of the Dream Team on the O. J. Simpson murder trial. He has also been part of the defense team for cases involving personalities like Donald Trump. He has written many books about law and politics.

 21 Michael Avenatti

Michael Avenatti
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: February 16, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 22 Joseph R. McCarthy

Joseph R. McCarthy
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 14, 1908
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: May 2, 1957

 23 Maryanne Trump Barry

Maryanne Trump Barry
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Famous As: Attorney
Birthdate: April 5, 1937
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Attorney Maryanne Trump Barry, eldest sister of American president Donald Trump, is a former U.S. federal judge. She was an assistant U.S. attorney earlier and has been a judge of the U.S. District of New Jersey. Bill Clinton appointed her to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

 24 Adam Schiff

Adam Schiff
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Famous As: U.S. Representative
Birthdate: June 22, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 25 Mario Cuomo

Mario Cuomo
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 15, 1932
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: January 1, 2015

 26 Anita Hill

Anita Hill
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Famous As: Attorney
Birthdate: July 30, 1956
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 27 Lori Lightfoot

Lori Lightfoot
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: August 4, 1962
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 28 Kirstjen Nielsen

Kirstjen Nielsen
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Famous As: Attorney
Birthdate: May 14, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 29 Valerie Jarrett

Valerie Jarrett
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: November 14, 1956
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Valerie Jarrett served as the senior advisor to former president Barack Obama and the director of the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs from 2009 to 2017. She had previously served Mayor Richard Daley as his deputy chief of staff and had hired Michelle Obama, then-fiancée of Obama.

 30 Roy Cohn

Roy Cohn
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: February 20, 1927
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: August 2, 1986

Roy Cohn was an American lawyer who played a major role during the 1954 Army–McCarthy hearings where he served as Senator Joseph McCarthy's chief counsel. He also mentored Donald Trump during his early business career. After his death, Roy Cohn inspired the development of several fictional characters.

 31 Trey Gowdy

Trey Gowdy
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Famous As: U.S. Representative
Birthdate: August 22, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Trey Gowdy, former representative for South Carolina's 4th congressional district, has also been a federal prosecutor and a district attorney. He led the investigations into the Benghazi attack and Hillary Clinton's email server, and has chaired the House Oversight Committee. He now works for Fox News and a legal firm.

 32 Joe Scarborough

Joe Scarborough
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Famous As: Former United States Representative
Birthdate: April 9, 1963
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Joe Scarborough has represented Florida’s 1st district from 1995 to 2001. He co-hosts Morning Joe on MSNBC, with his wife. He has written several books, hosted a radio show, and also released an EP. Earlier, as an attorney, he had represented Michael F. Griffin, accused of murdering physician David Gunn.

 33 Christopher Darden

Christopher Darden
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: April 7, 1956
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

Christopher Darden is a man who dons many hats. He is a lawyer, author, actor, and lecturer with 15 years of experience in the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office. He was a co-prosecutor in the O. J. Simpson murder case. He resigned after the case and started teaching criminal procedure and trial advocacy to university students.

 34 Reince Priebus

Reince Priebus
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: March 18, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 35 Joe Kennedy III

Joe Kennedy III
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 4, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 36 Anthony Kennedy

Anthony Kennedy
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Famous As: Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
Birthdate: July 23, 1936
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Anthony Kennedy has served as the judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from 1975 to 1988 and as the associate justice of the Supreme Court of the U.S. from 1988 to 2018. Kennedy has been associated with Boumediene v. Bush and various gay rights cases.

 37 Kirsten Gillibrand

Kirsten Gillibrand
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Famous As: Member of the United States Senate
Birthdate: December 9, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

Lawyer and politician Kirsten Gillibrand is a member of the Democratic Party. Since 2009, she has served as the junior United States Senator from New York. An alumnus of the UCLA School of Law, she practiced law for a few years before entering politics. She is known for speaking against sexual harassment.

 38 Chester A. Arthur

Chester A. Arthur
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Famous As: 21st President of the USA
Birthdate: October 5, 1829
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: November 18, 1886
Chester A. Arthur became the 21st president of the U.S. in 1881, after the assassination of President James A. Garfield, and served till 1885. Arthur represented Elizabeth Jennings Graham in the 1854 case against segregation in streetcars. He signed the Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act and rebuilt the U.S. Navy.

 39 William Barr

William Barr
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 23, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 40 Roy Moore

Roy Moore
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 11, 1947
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 41 Gretchen Whitmer

Gretchen Whitmer
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 23, 1971
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 42 Michael Cohen

Michael Cohen
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Famous As: Attorney
Birthdate: August 25, 1966
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Michael Cohen had been a long-time advisor and attorney of American president Donald Trump. He was also part of the board of the Eric Trump Foundation and the COO of Affliction Entertainment. He has also served prison time for tax fraud and financial violations, and later testified against Trump.

 43 Liz Cheney

Liz Cheney
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Famous As: U.S. Representative
Birthdate: July 28, 1966
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

Liz Cheney is an American politician and attorney. Since 2017, Liz Cheney has been serving as Wyoming's at-large congressional district's U.S. Representative. The elder daughter of ex-Vice President Dick Cheney, Liz Cheney is credited with co-founding a nonprofit organization called Keep America Safe, which aims at combating national security issues.

 44 Ron DeSantis

Ron DeSantis
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Famous As: Governor of Florida
Birthdate: September 14, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

The current governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis became the youngest incumbent governor of a US state at the age of 42. Also an attorney and naval officer, Ron DeSantis was honored with the Bronze Star Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for his military service.

 45 Phyllis Schlafly

Phyllis Schlafly
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Famous As: Radio personality, Lawyer, Political activist, Journalist
Birthdate: August 15, 1924
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: September 5, 2016

 46 Geraldo Rivera

Geraldo Rivera
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: July 4, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Journalist and TV personality Geraldo Rivera is best known for hosting the talk show Geraldo. He has also been part of the TV special The Mystery of Al Capone's Vaults and the shows Geraldo at Large, Geraldo Rivera Reports, and The Five. He has authored several books, such as Willowbrook.

 47 Matt Gaetz

Matt Gaetz
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: May 7, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 48 Stephen Breyer

Stephen Breyer
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Famous As: Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
Birthdate: August 15, 1938
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

Stephen Breyer is an American lawyer, legal scholar, and jurist. Since August 1994, Breyer has been serving as an associate justice of the US Supreme Court after being nominated by President Bill Clinton in May 1994. He is also credited with writing several influential textbooks while working as a lecturer and law professor at Harvard Law School in the 1960s. 

 49 Robert Bilott

Robert Bilott
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: August 2, 1965
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 50 F. Lee Bailey

F. Lee Bailey
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: June 10, 1933
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American