17 Most Expensive Lawyers in the World

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Who are the most expensive lawyers in the world? Today we take a stern look at some of the most expensive lawyers in the world and see how much these lawyers charge their clients for their aptitude and expert services.

So I ask, why do we hire the professional services of a lawyer? Simply because Lawyers are the ones we turn to when we wish to solve our legal issues (and illegal in some cases). Some of these issues are die-hard difficult and can be solved in many other ways. But we turn to some of the best lawyers that are well-experienced for the best possible and fruitful results.

However, like they say,”‘nothing good comes easy” and these lawyers are aware of the difficulty in every case and how tough it can be to win one and are well-equipped with great understanding of the constitution and the proceedings of the court that’s why they charge heavy fees in return to defend a case.

Moving on, what a lawyer charges his client depends on his/her skill, experience, and popularity. So, here are the 17 most expensive lawyers in the world you should ask twice before hiring because they charge really high for their services and consultation.

The Most Expensive Lawyers in the World

17. Mark Geragos

Mark Geragos

Country: United States

The first mention on our list is Mark Geragos. He is a criminal defence attorney and has been associated with numerous landmark civil class action cases. He’s very expensive to hire as most of his clients are either celebrities, such as Chris Brown, top government officials and even huge corporations. He is named among the top 100 most influential attorney in California.

16. Judy Scheindlin

Judy Scheindlin

Country: United States

Judy Scheindlin or as she is popularly known from her TV shows ‘Judge Judy’ is an American prosecution lawyer, and the longest-serving judge/arbitrator in the courtroom-themed programming history, earning her a place in the Guinness World Records.

She was formerly the Manhattan family court Judge. She’s popular for being the ‘no-nonsense’ TV judge and has earned a reputation that’s described her as ‘tough’. She has presided over 20,000 cases. She earns over $47 million a year. So, you know, she is damn expensive to hire.

15. Christine Lagarde

Christine Lagarde

Country: France

Christine Lagarde was recently named the next president of the European Central Bank, becoming the first woman and lawyer to hold such position. She’s a French lawyer and the MD of the IMF. Christine Lagarde formerly worked for the Baker & McKenzie, a Chicago-based law-firm as their lawyer and chairman.

She was named the 9th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes Magazine. So, if you ever thought of hiring her professional services, think again and ask yourself, “is my money worth a shot with her?”

14. Howard K Stern

Howard K Stern

Country: United States

At No. 14, we have Howard K. Stern, who is famous for being Anna Nicole Smith’s Lawyer. Which later turned to a secret affair which leads to the exchange of vows in a secret ceremony in the Bahamas. Howard is an American attorney based in California.

Stern graduated from the University of California, bagging his law degree from there and currently works with the Los Angeles Public Defender’s Office. He is also an expensive lawyer who charges his clients heavy for his services and consultancy.

13. Ana Quincoces

Ana Quincoces

Country: United States

Ana Quincoces is an attorney and a celebrity chef famous for her recipe books. She is also a great actor has featured in the RHWM (Real Housewives of Miami). As a lawyer, she is specialized in real estate and property-related lawsuits. As an attorney, Ana has successfully done well for herself, amassing wealth in her career as a plaintiff attorney.

However, in 2017 she moved on to focus more on her entrepreneurship pursuits rather than practice law. So, if you were to hire her currently to handle a case for you, just know what you are going to spend is going to be big enough to drag her back to the courtroom.

12. Joel Segal

Joel Segal

Country: United States

Joel Segal obtained his law degree from George Washington University. He is one of the most expensive lawyers to get, but even as expensive his professional service is as a lawyer, Joel’s main source of wealth is spurred from brokering profitable deals for the NFL players and teams.

Joel Segal represents a 77-man client roster which includes the likes of Khalil Mack, Justin Houston, and Kawaan Short. He has established himself as an accomplished lawyer and one of the most prominent agents worldwide.

11. Willie E. Gary

 Willie E. Gary

Country: United States

At number 11 we have one of the most controversial attorneys out there, Willie Gary. He is popular for taking on and winning some of the biggest settlements and jury awards in the U.S, including cases valued at more than $30 billion. Gary has fought against several of America’s biggest corporations such as Anheuser-Busch and Disney.

He was nicknamed the Giant Killer for his outstanding career accomplishments. However, Willie Gary charges his clients over $20,000 for an hour of representing them. For such an amount, you’d expect him to live the best life, which he is. He owns a lavish house in Sewall’s Point, Florida, 2 private jets – the ‘Wings of Justice’ and the ‘Wings of Justice II’, and several other collections of cars. He was listed in the Top 50 Attorneys in the US by Forbes Magazine.

10. Stacey Gardner

Stacey Gardner

Country: United States

Stacey Gardner is a model but what most people don’t know is that this diva is also an accomplished California attorney. She began her career as a model while practising law on a low-key. Stacey Gardner is a well-initiated lawyer. She studied law at the SouthwesternSchool of Law. To acquire the services of such a gorgeous looking lawyer you’d expect to be already expensive. But, it’s not just her looks that make her services expensive, she has successfully proved that a person can be beautiful and have the brains to match the beauty. She currently resides in California with her husband, and participate in court proceedings.

9. Vikki Ziegler

Vikki Ziegler

Country: United States

Vikki Ziegler is proof of the phrase “Beauty with brains”. She is an American attorney of New Jersey and author. Vikki Ziegler is known to take on only private cases and also works as a court clerk. She owns her own law firm and is currently worth $2.5 million dollars.

She got her degree in legislature degree from Quinnipiac College School of Law and is the author of the book The Pre-marital Planner: A Complete Legal Guide to a Perfect Marriage was published in 2012.

8. Harish Salve

Harish Salve

Country: India

Harish Salve is one of the most (if not the most) famous and leading names in the field of law in India. Aside from being a prominent lawyer, Harish is also an industrialist, investor, and politician. He has worked hard to reach the heights he has attained, building a great reputation for himself. As a lawyer, he is specialized in commercial, constitutional, and tax law. He comes from a family of lawyers and has once served as India’s Solicitor General.

So, if you’re Indian thinking, “this may just be the kind of lawyer I need for my case” you might want to think again because he charges his clients expensively. To be clear, he charges clients about $45,000 a day.

7. Jose Baez

Jose Baez

Country: United States

Jose Baez is one of the most successful American lawyers and the bestselling author of the New York Times. He is popular for his excellent work on the Casey Anthony case, one which drew lots of significant international attention. He also worked with former NFL player Aaron Hernandez, who was convicted for killing Odin L. Lloyd in 2013.

An interesting fact about Jose is that he once dropped out of high school to join the Navy, before graduating from the St. Thomas University School of Law. Jose is considered one of the most sought-after criminal attorney in the U.S and boosts of excellent record to back it up. He is the author of the best-selling book ‘Presumed Guilty: Casey Anthony: The Inside Story.’

6. Vernon Jordan

Vernon Jordan

Country: United States

Another high-profile name in the field of law, Vernon Jordan is a lawyer and also a civil right activist. He is famous for winning the case against the University of Georgia which was based on racial discrimination. Vernon Jordan puts special interest in fighting for equal rights, especially rights of equality without any racial discrimination.

He obtained his law degree from the Howard University of Law. His efforts in ensuring equal human rights have seen him become one of the most famous civil lawyers in America and abroad and has earned him huge paychecks along the way. His services aren’t cheap though, the charges huge amounts for consultancy and court cases.

5. Thomas Mesereau

Thomas Mesereau

Country: United States

When can’t talk of expensive and leave out Thomas Mesereau, one of America’s most famous Attorneys. He achieved global recognition after winning the case of Pop-legend Michael Jackson. And now, he is popular for his service to humanity and his portfolio of cases are worth to see.

He is also famous for being one of the most expensive lawyers in the world, handling several other cases of various celebrities and politicians. Thomas has made a lot of money from his professional career to the tune of $25 million.

4. John Branca

John Branca
John Branca with Late Pop Legend MJ

Country: United States

Next on our list of most expensive lawyers in the world is entertainment lawyer and manager John Gregory Branca. He picks his speciality in representing rock and roll acts as well as independent investors, music publishing catalogues, and independent music labels. He currently serves as the lawyer for top-profile people in the entertainment and fashion industry and has a net worth of ‎$50 Million.

One interesting fact about John Branca is that he wanted to be a musician as a teenager where he chooses music as his major in college. Well, that explains his love for handling cases that involve entertainment. But be advised, he does charge really high amounts for consultation.

3. Wichai Thongtang

Wichai Thongtang

Country: Thailand

Wichai Thongtang is a famous businessman, but before his business, he was a prominent legal practitioner. During his career as a lawyer, he was renowned as one of the most expensive lawyers in his profession. He has an impressive track record, serving many dominant personalities in his country and abroad, including the former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. He currently has a net worth of $670 million.

2. Benjamin Civiletti

Benjamin Civiletti

Country: United States

Benjamin Civiletti is the second most expensive lawyer in the world. He is a well-reputable lawyer from the United States. He has served as the Attorney General of the country from 1979 to 1981. Benjamin Civiletti charges a thousand dollars for an hour for listening or understanding or guidance of a case. He charges up to billions for handling a case in court and has served as a lawyer for the Government of the United States in many cases. He is also one of three members of the Independent Review Board.

1. Albert Stainoz

Albert Stainoz is the most expensive lawyers

Country: United States

The most expensive lawyer in the world is Albert Stainoz, an American top lawyer who has won 99.31% of all the cases he has ever led in court proceedings, losing only 0.69% of cases. He is a lawyer who specializes in currency exchange, and with an excellent portfolio that guarantees his clients success in court, Albert Stainoz charges them extravagantly and has amassed billions of dollars during his professional career.

He charges a huge $15,000 for an hour of service or consultancy from his clients, so if you were thinking of hiring him, think again. Albert Stainoz has also served in other different matters in the country aside from the legal department.

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David Samuel is the Senior Writer for Porumba. He is a writer, Economist and loves research.