10 Greatest Lawyers of all time

    The earliest historical references to lawyers can be traced back to orators in the ancient Kingdom of Athens. At the time, any individual could represent herself and the idea of charging a fee was not heard of and even illegal for a significant amount of time. As time progressed, the laws started to become more complex and some people deemed it necessary to obtain a deeper understanding of litigation procedures and hence emerged the first generation of lawyers. The spread of the modern law system has its origins in European colonization throughout the world. It is only natural that while cultivating an in-depth knowledge base of any nation’s law and constitution, a section of individuals also develops a sense for providing justice for the masses by questioning the status quo. So, it is not surprising to note that some of the most prominent figures in world polity in the industrial age including heads of states, key influencers have been law practitioners. These eminent personalities have decided the course of history by starting national and global movements, redefining societal and political norms and even bagging a Nobel or two. Here is a list of the ten greatest lawyers of this age.


    9Dan K. Webb

    Daniel K. “Dan” Webb is an American attorney and former U.S. attorney, renowned for his involvement and contribution in high-profile prosecutions and corporate defense. Webb graduated from Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois and then went on to attend Loyola University Chicago School of Law. He then received a J.D. in 1970.

    Webb is a former United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois. He served in this position from 1981 to 1985. He served as an assistant U.S. attorney in the special prosecutions division of the U.S. attorney’s office of the Northern District of Illinois from 1970 to 1976. In 1990, Webb received international proclaim for exposing corruption all levels during his prosecution of retired Admiral John Poindexter in the Iran–Contra affair. Though the convictions were overturned on appeal, his greatest achievement remains his role in exposing corruption at all levels during the Iran-Contra trials. This case even included an interrogation of Ronald Reagan.

    Then as a federal prosecutor in Illinois, he gained fame for his lead and stellar contribution in the Operation Greylord investigations into judicial corruption in Cook County, Illinois. After leaving public service, his focus was on defense, especially of white-collar crime and allegations of corporate malfeasance. He was lead defense trial counsel for General Electric in a price-fixing case. He also represented Microsoft in antitrust litigation. He then went on to represent Philip Morris in its tobacco-related litigation. He now serves as a co-executive chairman of the Winston & Strawn law firm.


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