Lawyers & Judges

Lawyers are the professionals who practice law as an attorney, counsel or solicitor. They are involved with the practical application of legal theories and knowledge to solve specific problems related to social and political justice. Lawyers provide legal advice to their clients, who can be individuals, businesses, the government, or other organizations. Judges are the appointed magistrates who preside over court proceedings. They may preside alone or as a part of a panel of judges. A judge is supposed to be impartial and issue the ruling after hearing all the witnesses, examining evidences, and by assessing the credibility of the parties involved. Different countries and states have different legal systems, and thus the powers and functions of judges wary widely across jurisdictions. Judges also supervise legal proceedings and uphold the rights of individuals involved in a legal process while ensuring that trials are conducted according to established rules and procedures. To become a judge, one must hold a law degree and should have practiced as a lawyer. The legal profession is a highly demanding one; it requires a high level of analytical skills, critical thinking, and reasoning powers. Read on to learn more about the life and works of famous lawyers & judges from all over the world.

 1 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.

 2 Hunter Biden

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

 3 Amy Coney Barrett

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

 4 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.

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 5 Maya Harris

Maya Harris
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: January 30, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

A lawyer, law professor, political analyst and a civil rights activist, Maya Harris’s list of achievements is huge. One of the youngest in the US to become a law school dean, Maya Harris has worked with Hillary Clinton and her own sister Kamala Harris in their respective presidential campaigns.

 6 Franklin D. Roosevelt

Franklin D. Roosevelt
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 30, 1882
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: April 12, 1945

 7 Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg
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Listed In: Judges, Lawyers
Famous As: Associate Justice of US Supreme Court
Birthdate: March 15, 1933
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

The first Jewish woman to serve on the US Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a jurist who served as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. An advocate for gender equality and women's rights, she spent the majority of her legal career championing these causes. She remained professionally active until her death in 2020.

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 8 Stacey Abrams

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

 9 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. 

 10 Ben Shapiro

Ben Shapiro
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Famous As: Political Commentator, Public Speaker
Birthdate: January 15, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

A strong conservative political commentator, author, media host and lawyer, Ben Shapiro became the youngest nationally syndicated columnist in the US at the age of seventeen and at twenty published his first book. The host of a daily political podcast ,The Ben Shapiro Show, he has frequently invited criticism for his views on various issues like same-sex marriage and abortion.

 11 Clarence Thomas

Clarence Thomas
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Listed In: Chief Justices
Famous As: Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
Birthdate: June 23, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

The second African-American justice to serve on the Supreme Court of America, the appointment of Clarence Thomas in 1991 was controversial. He was accused of sexual harassment by lawyer Anita Hill in public hearings, but was eventually cleared. He is on the conservative side of the court and has been criticised by liberals for opposing issues like gay marriage.

 12 Jeffrey Toobin

Jeffrey Toobin
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: May 21, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 13 Kimberly Guilfoyle

Kimberly Guilfoyle
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Famous As: News Anchor
Birthdate: March 9, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

One of the prominent speakers at the Republican National Convention 2020 and a vocal supporter of American President, Donald Trump, Kimberly Ann Guilfoyle is a senior advisor and top fundraiser at Trump’s re-election campaign. A former deputy district attorney, prosecutor, legal analyst at CNN and TV host at Fox News, Guilfoyle is rumoured to be the Donald Trump Jr.’s partner.  

 14 Robert Kardashian

Robert Kardashian
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Listed In: Lawyers
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.

 15 Gretchen Whitmer

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

 16 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. 

 17 Mike Pompeo

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

 18 Woodrow Wilson

Woodrow Wilson
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Famous As: 28th U.S. President
Birthdate: December 28, 1856
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: February 3, 1924

From presidential cabin of Princeton University to presidential office of the White House, Woodrow Wilson ushered a series of progressive reforms that changed the American politics forever. The 28th President of USA, Woodrow Wilson introduced several ground-breaking policies including the Federal Reserve Act. He played a key role in founding the first intergovernmental organisation—the League of Nations—for which he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

 19 John F. Kennedy Jr.

John F. Kennedy Jr.
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Famous As: Son of John F. Kennedy
Birthdate: November 25, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: July 16, 1999

John F Kennedy Jr was the son of former US President John F Kennedy. He tragically died at a young age of 38 when the plane he was flying crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts in 1999. He was a lawyer and a journalist and had founded the trendy political magazine, George, which stopped publication in 2001.   

 20 William Barr

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

 21 Amal Clooney

Amal Alamuddin
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Famous As: Lawyer, Activist
Birthdate: February 3, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Lebanese, British

Amal Clooney is a Lebanese-British barrister, specializing in human rights and international law. Her clients include popular and influential personalities like Yulia Tymoshenko, Nadia Murad, and Julian Assange. Her work and philanthropic activities gained media coverage after her wedding to actor George Clooney. The Clooneys are well-known philanthropists and are founders of the Clooney Foundation for Justice.

 22 Chris Cuomo

Chris Cuomo
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Famous As: Television journalist
Birthdate: August 9, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

Peabody-winner Chris Cuomo, best known for hosting the CNN morning show, has also been associated with Fox and the show 20/20. His work on the ABC show Good Morning America won him an Emmy. He has covered sensitive issues such as heroin addiction and the war on terror, with finesse. 

 23 Cory Booker

Cory Booker
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Famous As: United States Senator
Birthdate: April 27, 1969
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

Former New York mayor Cory Booker became the first African-American senator of New Jersey in 2013. A Rhodes Scholar from Oxford and a lawyer, Cory is known for his work on promoting women's rights and bridging the racial wealth gap. He retained his senate seat in the 2020 U.S. election.

 24 Samuel Alito

Samuel Alito
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Listed In: Judges
Famous As: Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
Birthdate: April 1, 1950
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

The current associate justice of the Supreme Court of the US, Samuel Alito is only the second Italian American to serve on the court. Samuel Alito's journey from being an adjunct professor to one of the most powerful men in the American justice system is quite inspirational.

 25 Brett Kavanaugh

Brett Kavanaugh
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Listed In: Lawyers
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.

 26 Josh Hawley

Josh Hawley
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: December 31, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 27 Dominique Strauss-Kahn

Dominique Strauss-Kahn
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Famous As: Economist, Politician, Lawyer, University teacher
Birthdate: April 25, 1949
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: French

 28 Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum
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Famous As: American Politician, Attorney
Birthdate: May 10, 1958
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

Rick Santorum is an American politician who adopted a cultural warrior image for opposing same-sex marriage and abortion while serving as a US Senator from Pennsylvania. A Roman Catholic, Santorum wrote a failed proposed amendment called Santorum Amendment. He currently serves as a senior political commentator for CNN.

 29 James Comey

James Comey
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Listed In: Lawyers
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

 30 Andrew Yang

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

 31 Antonin Scalia

Antonin Scalia
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Listed In: Judges
Birthdate: March 11, 1936
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: February 13, 2016

Scalia played an important role as an associate justice of the US Supreme Court for 30 years. Not only was he regarded as one of the most important justices in the history of the court, but he was also considered one of the most influential jurists of the 20th century. He was posthumously honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

 32 William Howard Taft

William Howard Taft
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Famous As: President of the U.S.A
Birthdate: September 15, 1857
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: March 8, 1930

The 27th president of the United States, William Howard Taft also served as the tenth Chief Justice of the US; he is the only person in the history of the US to have held both the offices. He had a great impact as chief justice and has been regarded as the greatest US chief justices of all time.

 33 Geraldine Ferraro

Geraldine Ferraro
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 26, 1935
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: March 26, 2011

 34 Neil Gorsuch

Neil Gorsuch
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Listed In: Judges, Lawyers
Famous As: Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
Birthdate: August 29, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
The Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch earlier served as the Judge of the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and was also in private practice. He is an adherent of originalism in constitutional interpretation and textualism in statutory interpretation. His landmark judgements include upholding the LGBTQ rights and favouring the Yakama Nation.

 35 Sonia Sotomayor

Sonia Sotomayor
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Listed In: Judges
Famous As: Judge
Birthdate: June 25, 1954
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

Sonia Sotomayor, the Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of America, entered the record books when in August 2009 she became the first Hispanic and the fourth woman to be appointed to the court. She’s a strong defendant of the rights of accused and has raised her voice against misdemeanors by the police and the prosecutors, and abuses in prisons.

 36 Elena Kagan

Elena Kagan
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Famous As: Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
Birthdate: April 28, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

The fourth woman to become part of the Supreme Court of the United States as its member, Elena Kagan was nominated by Barack Obama in 2010 to serve as an Associate Justice of the Court. She played a major role in the Cooper v. Harris case by writing the majority opinion of the case.

 37 Stephen Breyer

Stephen Breyer
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Listed In: Lawyers, Judges
Famous As: Jurist, Judge, Lawyer, University teacher
Birthdate: August 15, 1938
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 38 Bob Dole

Bob Dole
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer
Birthdate: July 22, 1923
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

Bob Dole is an American retired politician who remains active in public life. Before commencing his political career, Dole served in the United States Army during World War II. For his service in the army and later as a politician, Bob Dole has been honored with several prestigious awards, such as the Presidential Medal of Freedom and Presidential Citizens Medal.

 39 Vallabhbhai Patel

Vallabhbhai Patel
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer, Economist
Birthdate: October 31, 1875
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Indian
Died: December 15, 1950

 40 David E. Kelley

David E. Kelley
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Famous As: Film producer, Screenwriter, Lawyer
Birthdate: April 4, 1956
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 41 Sandra Day O’Connor

Sandra Day O’Connor
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Listed In: Judges
Famous As: Former Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court
Birthdate: March 26, 1930
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

Sandra Day O’Connor is a retired attorney who became the first woman to serve as the associate justice of the Supreme Court of the US when she took office in 1981. While serving as the associate justice, O’Connor was considered one of the most powerful women in the world. In 2009, she was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom

 42 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.

 43 Douglas Emhoff

Douglas Emhoff
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Listed In: Lawyers
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.

 44 William Kunstler

William Kunstler
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: July 7, 1919
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: September 4, 1995

 45 Laverne Cox

Laverne Cox
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 29, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 46 Ramsey Clark

Ramsey Clark
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Famous As: American lawyer
Birthdate: December 18, 1927
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 47 Matt Gaetz

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

 48 Katie Porter

Katie Porter
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 3, 1974
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 49 Mario Cuomo

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

 50 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
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