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.

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 1 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.

 2 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. 

 3 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.

 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 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.

 6 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.

 7 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.

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 8 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.

 9 Ronan Farrow

Ronan Farrow
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Famous As: Journalist, Activist, Human Rights Lawyer
Birthdate: December 19, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

American journalist Ronan Farrow played a major role in reporting the sexual abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein. His work, which was published in The New Yorker, earned the magazine the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. He is also responsible for exposing allegations against personalities like jurist Brett Kavanaugh, media executive Les Moonves, and politician Eric Schneiderman.

 10 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. 

 11 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.

 12 Robert Mueller

Robert Mueller
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Listed In: Lawyers
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.

 13 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

 14 Johnnie Cochran

Johnnie Cochran
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Listed In: Lawyers
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.

 15 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.

 16 Mike Pompeo

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

 17 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.

 18 Marcia Clark

Marcia Clark
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Listed In: Lawyers
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.

 19 Stacey Abrams

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

 20 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.

 21 Alan Dershowitz

Alan Dershowitz
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Listed In: Lawyers
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.

 22 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.

 23 Michael Avenatti

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

 24 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

 25 Maryanne Trump Barry

Maryanne Trump Barry
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Listed In: Judges, Lawyers
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.

 26 Adam Schiff

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

 27 Arun Jaitley

Arun Jaitley
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer, Spokesperson, Strategist
Birthdate: December 28, 1952
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Indian

 28 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.  

 29 Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi
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Famous As: Leader of Indian Independence Movement
Birthdate: October 2, 1869
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Indian
Died: January 30, 1948

An Indian lawyer and anti-colonial nationalist, Mahatma Gandhi was a major figure in India’s fight for independence from British rule. He is renowned for his employment of non-violent resistance and civil disobedience methods. Despite his popularity, he had numerous detractors as well and was assassinated in 1948. He is widely considered the Father of the Nation in India.

 30 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

 31 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.

 32 Gerald Ford

Gerald Ford
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Famous As: President of the USA
Birthdate: July 14, 1913
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: December 26, 2006

Gerald Ford Jr served as the 38th president of US from August 1974 to January 1977. His 895 day-long stint as the American president is the shortest in US history for any president who did not die in office. In a controversial act, he granted a presidential pardon to his predecessor Richard Nixon for his role in the Watergate scandal.

 33 Mario Cuomo

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

 34 Merrick Garland

Merrick Garland
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Listed In: Judges
Famous As: Judge
Birthdate: November 13, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 35 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

 36 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.

 37 Cicero

Cicero
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Famous As: Philosopher, Political Theorist
Birthdate: January 3, 0106
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Italian, Ancient Roman
Died: December 7, 0043
Roman statesman, lawyer, and scholar Cicero was one of the greatest 1st-century BC prose writers and orators. He influenced Latin literature immensely and introduced Greek philosophy to the Romans. He was declared an enemy of the state, following his opposition to Mark Antony after Julius Caesar’s death, and was executed.

 38 Laverne Cox

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

 39 Sushma Swaraj

Sushma Swaraj
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 14, 1952
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Indian
Died: August 6, 2019

 40 Anita Hill

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

 41 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.   

 42 Lori Lightfoot

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

 43 Kirstjen Nielsen

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

 44 Maximilien de Robespierre

Maximilien de Robespierre
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Famous As: Influential Figure of the French Revolution
Birthdate: May 6, 1758
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: French
Died: July 28, 1794
Maximilien de Robespierre was a leading left-wing lawyer and leader during the Reign of Terror. He led the Committee of Public Safety and was part of the Constituent Assembly and the Jacobin Club. He was accused of establishing a dictatorship and was guillotined in 1794, thus beginning the Thermidorian Reaction.

 45 Dmitry Medvedev

Dmitry Medvedev
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Famous As: Jurist, Politician, Photographer, Blogger, Lawyer, Actor, Businessperson
Birthdate: September 14, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Russian

 46 Judith Sheindlin

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Famous As: Judge, Reality TV Personality
Birthdate: October 21, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

Judith Sheindlin is a prosecution lawyer, television personality, and author. Since 1996, she has been presiding over her own arbitration reality court show Judge Judy, which has won four Daytime Emmy Awards. The longest-serving judge in the history of the courtroom-themed program, Judith Sheindlin was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Emmy for her work.

 47 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.

 48 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.

 49 Roy Cohn

Roy Cohn
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Listed In: Lawyers
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.

 50 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.
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