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    The earliest historical references to lawyers can be traced back to orators in the ancient Kingdom of Athens.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.

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    8Ram Jethmalani

    Ram Boolchand Jethmalani is one of the most famous Indian lawyer turned politician. He has also served as India’s Union Law Minister and as chairman of the Bar Council of India. He is, at present, the highest-paid Indian attorney. Ram Jethmalani received the LL.B. degree at the young age of 17 and started practicing in his hometown, which is now in Pakistan. Ram Jethmalani kicked off his law career as Professor in Sindh before partition. He had also started work in his own law firm in Karachi. But in February 1948, he had to flee to India after the riots broke out in Karachi. He moved to Mumbai as a refugee and had to begin his life anew.

    Jethmalani is a well-known face in the legal circles in India. Even though his forte lies in criminal law, he has appeared in many high-profile civil cases. He is well known for defending known criminals from Rajiv Gandhi’s killers to Indira Gandhi’s killers to Harshad Mehta to Ketan Parekh to underworld don, Haji Mastan. He also defended LK Advani in the Hawala Scam along with Amit Shah in Sohrabuddin fake encounter case. On 7 May 2010 he was elected as the president of Supreme Court Bar Association. Ram Jethmalani seeks a retainer fee of INR 1 crore along with INR 22 lakh fee on a per appearance basis.

     

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