7 Famous American Lawyers With Political Background      

Top 7 Famous American Lawyers with Notable Political Background

Top 7 Famous American Lawyers with Notable Political Background

By Clara Lincy | Infographics | June 12, 2019

An attorney or a lawyer in the US is a legal practitioner with the license to prosecute and defend actions at the court of law from the client’s side in a legal battle. According to the statistics of 2018, there are over 1.34 million lawyers in the US; the number increased from 1.1 million in 2017.

Since the establishment of the American judiciary system, there have been many lawyers with notable contributions and marks left for the later generation to cherish and be proud of. Here is a list of all those famous US lawyers including some who have left us and others who are doing their best even years after across various fields of life.

Top 7 Famous Attorneys


Barrack Obama

  • From 2009 to 2017, served as the 44th US President from 2009 to 2017.
  • Born : 4 August, 1961
  • Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
  • Studied in Harvard Law School in 1988
  • Former editor of the Harvard Law Review
  • A civil rights attorney.
  • Worked as an associate at Sidley Austin and Hopkins & Sutter.
  • He was a lecturer at the University of Chicago Law, teaching constitutional law.
  • He was one of the lawyers in Buycks-Roberson v. Citibank Federal Savings Bank case.
  • He surrendered his law license in 2008.

Bill Clinton

  • From 1993 to 2001, Clinton served as the 42nd President of America.
  • Born: 19 August, 1946
  • Birthplace: Hope, Arkansas, United States of America
  • Got admitted to Yale Law School.
  • Earned Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree in 1973.
  • He became a law professor at the University of Arkansas.
  • Got elected as Arkansan state attorney general.
  • Worked at the Little Rock law firm for some time.
  • Clinton’s law license was suspended in 2001 which he did not reinstate later.

Abraham Lincoln

  • From 1861 until his assassination, served as the 16th American president.
  • Born: 12 February, 1809
  • Birthplace: Hodgenville, Kentucky, United States
  • He practiced law in Springfield.
  • He handled every kind of cases including transportation cases during western expansion.
  • Out of 175 cases for which he appeared, 31 he won at the Illinois Supreme Court.
  • He fought 51 cases as sole counsel.
  • The largest case he handled was of the Illinois Central Railroad case.
  • His legal reputation won him the nickname of ‘Honest Abe.’
  • He was assassinated in 1865.

Alexander Hamilton

  • One of the Founding Fathers of the USA and the first Secretary of the Treasury under George Washington’s administration.
  • Born: 11 January, 1755
  • Birthplace: Charlestown, Nevis
  • He self-studied law and passed the oral bar exam.
  • He started practice in 1782.
  • Hamilton’s clients were British loyalists, wealthy testators, maritime insurance companies, and merchants.
  • In 1784, he took the Rutgers v. Waddington case landmark that laid the foundation of judicial review system in America.
  • He was ranked as the most sought-after advisers among all the U.S. president advisors.
  • He was one of the most prestigious attorneys of the time.
  • Died on 12 July 1804.

Calvin Coolidge

  • From 1923 to 1929, he served as the 30th US president.
  • Born: 4 July 1872
  • Birthplace: Plymouth Notch, Plymouth, Vermont, United States
  • After graduation, Coolidge went to Northampton to become a lawyer.
  • He practiced at a local law firm, Hammond & Field, as an apprentice.
  • In 1897, he became a member of the Massachusetts bar as a country lawyer.
  • In 1898, he opened his law office in Northampton.
  • He was a well-reputed attorney working with various banks and businesses.
  • He practiced mainly commercial law.
  • He died on 5 January 1933.

Alan Berg

  • An American Jewish attorney and also a radio talk show host.
  • Born: 1 January 1934
  • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
  • He was the youngest to pass the Illinois state bar exam at the age of 22.
  • He practiced law in Chicago.
  • He quit practice to join rehabilitation treatment for his neuromuscular seizures and alcohol addiction.
  • He succeeded Laurence Gross as the KGMC-AM talk show host.
  • On June 18, 1984, he was assassinated.

Bowie Kuhn

  • An American lawyer and sports administrator.
  • Born: 28 October 1926
  • Birthplace: Takoma Park, Maryland, United States
  • In 1950, he got his law degree from the University of Virginia
  • He also served in the University of Virginia’s editorial board of the law review.
  • He worked in a law firm, Willkie Farr & Gallagher, at the New York City.
  • From 1969 to 1984, he was the legal counsel for Major League Baseball owners.
  • Kuhn was also the adviser and board member for Domino’s Pizza.
  • He died on 15 March 2007.

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