10Jose Baez: (net worth $5 million)
Jose Angel Baez along with being an American lawyer, is a New York Times best-selling author. His most renowned case has been the Casey Anthony case, wherein Casey was acquitted of murder in July 2011 after a lengthy and rigorous trial that appealed to both the national and international media.
Baez graduated from law school in 1997 but was denied admission to the Florida Bar due to financial irresponsibility. When he was unable to practice as an attorney, he started working as an intern at the Miami Dade Public Defender’s office. In 2005, the Florida Board of Bar Examiners finally admitted Baez and let him practice as an attorney after he had demonstrated that he had rehabilitated himself.
After being granted his license, his major area of focus was criminal defense cases. He helped acquit Elvira Garcia, an undocumented Mexican immigrant who was accused of kidnapping a child that she had adopted as her own. Garcia’s charges were dropped, as it turned out to be more of a civil custody matter. He also represented Nilton Diaz who was alleged to have murdered the 2-year-old granddaughter of World Boxing Champion Wilfredo Vazquez. Diaz was acquitted of first and second degree murder but convicted of manslaughter and child abuse.
Baez came to significant national attention when he decided to represent Casey Anthony. Time Magazine had dubbed the case as “the Social Media Trial of the Century”. Anthony was finally acquitted of the charges of the murder of her daughter, Caylee, after the culmination of the trial that lasted for six weeks. In a press conference on the day of the verdict, Baez said, “While we’re happy for Casey, there are no winners in this case. Caylee has passed on far, far too soon, and what my driving force has been for the last three years has been always to make sure that there has been justice for Caylee and Casey because Casey did not murder Caylee. It’s that simple.” He added, “And today our system of justice has not dishonored her memory by a false conviction.” Baez, through the verdict and being on the winner’s side, was featured on every major news network and show across the country. Baez went on to co-author a book with Peter Golenbock about the Casey Anthony Case, Presumed Guilty, which became a New York Times Best Seller.