While you may think that all lawyers are super rich, this is not exactly true. On average, a lawyer makes an average salary of $ 133,470, which is definitely more than many people, but in the grand scheme of things, it is not that impressive. By the way, the median salary for an entry-level prosecutor (you know… the attorneys responsible for sending bad guys to jail) is just $ 50,000. . With about 11 to 15 years of experience, the median salary increases to $ 81,500.
Of course, this does not mean that all lawyers are destined to live an upper-middle-class existence. Some of them manage to enter the elite group of people who are super rich. So who are they? Here’s a quick look at the 20 richest lawyers in the world, ranked from lowest net worth to highest.
Note that the 20 people on this list are practicing lawyers or judges. There are many other “attorneys” with considerably higher net worth, but they simply have a law degree and no longer use it.
20. Harish Salve: $ 6 million
At 59, Harish Salve has worked hard to develop a reputation as one of the best (and most expensive) lawyers in India, specializing in commercial, constitutional and tax law. Salve, who comes from a long line of lawyers and previously served as Attorney General of India, currently charges his clients around $ 45,000 per day. In addition to representing various government entities, large corporate clients, and industrialist Mukesh Ambani, he has represented Bollywood celebrities in criminal cases. In fact, he is often referred to as the famous actor Salman Khan’s “guardian angel” for keeping him out of jail on a hit-and-run charge. (Indian prisons are known for their harsh conditions.)
19. José Báez: $ 8 million
Probably best known for defending Casey Anthony in 2011, José Báez, 47, is definitely an American success story. After dropping out of high school, he joined the Navy, earned his GED, and eventually earned a law degree from St. Thomas University School of Law. He has been involved in a number of high-profile cases that ended in acquittals, including the murder case of Nilton Díaz, which has been referred to as “the biggest legal setback since OJ, among others. . He is considered by many to be the most wanted criminal defense attorney in the US and he currently represents former NFL star Aaron Hernandez. He is also the author of the best-selling book, Presumed Guilty: Casey Anthony: The Inside Story.
18. Vernon E. Jordan Jr .: $ 12 million
Born in 1935, Jordan has enjoyed a long career in law that began after graduating from Howard University. (In addition, he has more than 70 honorary degrees from various colleges and universities.) He is currently the senior council, focusing on general counsel, business, and international law at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer, and Feld LLP. His initial career focused primarily on civil rights, while later he served as an adviser to President Clinton. Most of his fortune was earned representing large corporations, such as Xerox and American Express, as well as spending time as a Wall Street banker.
17. Lynn Toler: $ 15 million
Best known as the TV Divorce Court Judge since 2007, Lynn Toler previously served as the sole municipal court judge in Cleveland Heights, OH for over 8 years. After receiving her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law in 1984, she focused on civil law until she became a municipal court judge. In this role, she was known for enforcing non-traditional sentences, such as writing essays. In addition to presiding over the divorce court, Lynn is the author of three books.
16. David Boies: $ 20 million
David Boies currently served as Chairman of Boies, Schiller & Flexner, and previously served as Senior Counsel for the United States Senate. He graduated from Yale University in 1966 and almost immediately made a name for himself. He amassed his fortune representing several large corporations, including IBM, Napster, George Steinbrenner (owner of the NY Yankees), CBS, and the NBA Players Association during the 2011 NBA lockout. According to Fortune magazine, he is “The number one contracted weapon of American companies.”
15. Alan Dershowitz: $ 25 million
After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1962, Alan Dershowitz got down to business. By 1964, it had become …