Richest Lawyers In America, Bios and Net Worth

Joseph Kanu
Joseph Kanu  - Content Writer, Editor and Blogger April 16, 2023
Updated 2023/04/16 at 4:08 PM
Richest Lawyers In America
Richest Lawyers In America

Do you want to know the richest lawyers in America?

Lawyers are one of the highest-paid professionals in America, as a result of the various roles they play in the country’s judiciary system. In this article, we’re going to be pointing out the top 16 richest lawyers in America, and provide you with their brief biographies and net worth.

Below are the top 16 richest lawyers in America:

1. Richard Scruggs

The first on our list of richest lawyers in America is Richard Scruggs.

Richard F. Scruggs (Dickie) popularly known as Richard Scruggs is a 77-year-old American former naval aviator and ”disbarred” trial lawyer born on May 17th, 1946 in Brookhaven, Mississippi. He came into the limelight after successfully suing the asbestos industry on behalf of ill shipyard workers.

Regarding his parents, Scruggs in an interview with Time said his father left the family when he was just five years old and that he was raised by his mother, Helen, who worked as a legal secretary at the Ingalls shipyard, probably where he drew inspiration for his legal career from.

Richard Scruggs represented the state of Mississippi in the tobacco litigation of the 1990s. Scruggs also represented over a hundred homeowners in lawsuits against insurance companies following Hurricane Katrina, and a national class action of patients against HMOs in the early 2000s.

Net Worth

Richard Scruggs is the richest lawyer in America as of 2022 according to Biglawinvestor, with an estimated net worth of $1.9 Billion.

2. Peter Angelos

Peter George Angelos is a 94-year-old American trial lawyer and baseball executive, born on July 4th, 1929. Angelos is from Baltimore, Maryland, he graduated from Patterson Park High School and thereafter he furthered his studies at the University of Baltimore, where he bagged his bachelor’s degree.

One of Peter Angelos’ cases that brought him to the limelight was representing a group of eight thousand (8,000) workers in an asbestos poisoning lawsuit that was partially settled in 1992. Peter Angelos also represented Maryland in its lawsuit against tobacco organizations with a 25% contingency fee.

Net Worth

Currently, Peter Angelos’ net worth is estimated at $1.7 billion, making him the second-richest lawyer in America.

3. Charlie Munger

Charles Thomas Munger, is a 99-year-old American billionaire businessman, investor, and former real estate attorney born on January 1st, 1924, in Omaha, Nebraska. From 1984 to 2011, Charlie Munger served as the chairman of Wesco Financial Corporation.

Munger is the chairman of the Daily Journal Corporation, the vice chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, and the director of Costco Wholesale Corporation. He started his career as an attorney, then subsequently switched to contract work and investment management in the early 1960s.

Charlie Munger is a popular thinker and investor in the financial community, he has written numerous investing books and has delivered lectures in a financial theory course at Harvard University for more than two decades.

Net Worth

Charlie Munger has been able to garner his massive wealth through his major holdings in other private and public organizations and as of now, his net worth is estimated at $1.6 billion.

4. Joe Jamail Jr

Joseph Dahr Jamail Jr. Was born on October 19th, 192 and died on December 23rd, 2015. He was an American attorney and billionaire. While he was alive, Joe Jamail Jr was the wealthiest practising attorney in America and was often referred to as the “King of Torts“.

Net Worth

According to Forbes, In 2011, Joe Jamil’s net worth was estimated at $1.5 billion, making him the 833rd richest person in the world and in 2014, a year before he died, Joe Jamil’s net worth was estimated by Forbes to be a whopping $1.7 billion, that made him the 373rd richest person in America.

5. Dan Gilbert

Daniel Gilbert is a 61-year-old American billionaire, businessman, philanthropist, and lawyer born on January 17th, 1962, in DetroitMichigan. Gilbert is the co-founder and majority owner of Rocket Mortgage, founder of Rock Ventures, and owner of the National Basketball Association‘s Cleveland Cavaliers.

Net Worth

Daniel Gilbert’s net worth is estimated at US$18.3 billion according to Forbes as of January 2023.

6. Bill Neukom

William Horlick Neukom popularly known as Bill Neukom is an 81-year-old American former managing general partner of the San Francisco Giants baseball team ownership group and lawyer born in 1942.

Neukom was the principal legal counsel for Microsoft for about 25 years and thereafter, he became the Chairman of the law firm of Preston Gates & Ellis, LLP in Seattle, now part of K&L Gates

Net Worth

Bill Neukom‘s net worth is estimated at $850 million

7. Judy Sheindlin

Judith Susan Sheindlin (née Blum) professionally known as Judge Judy is an 80-year-old American court-show arbitrator, media personality, television producer, author, and women’s advancement philanthropist born on October 21st, 1942. Judy Sheindlin is a former prosecutor and Manhattan family court judge.

Net Worth

Currently, Judy Sheindlin’s net worth is estimated at $460 million.

8. Steuart Walton

Steuart Walton is a 42-year-old American entrepreneur, business executive, and lawyer born on April 1981 (age 42 years), in Bentonville, Arkansas, United States. He holds a degree in Business  Administration from the University of Colorado Boulder.

Steuart Walton also attained his Jurist Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center. He worked for a law firm in Chile.

Net Worth

Steuart Walton’s net worth is currently estimated at $300 million.

9. Robert Shapiro

Robert Shapiro is an 81-year-old renowned American entrepreneur and lawyer, born on September 2, 1942. Shapiro is best known for being a member of the legal team responsible for acquitting O.J. Simpson from the murders of Ron Goldman and his ex-wife.

Aside from his practical legal career, Robert Shapiro has starred in several movies as a lawyer, in most cases, himself and for his outstanding performance, in 2015, he was honoured with the Best Film Award during the Tenerife International Film Festival.

Net Worth

As of 2023, Robert Shapiro’s net worth is estimated at $120 Million.

10. John Branca

John Gregory Branca is a 73-year-old American entertainment lawyer and manager, born on December 11th, 1950, in Brownsville, New York. Branca played a key role in late singer, Michael Jackson’s Thriller music video and album success and as well the success of many other music ventures.

Net Worth 

According to techiegamers, John Branca’s net worth is currently estimated at $100 million, making him one of the wealthiest American entertainment attorneys in the world.

11. Willie E. Gary

Willie Edward Gary is a 76-year-old renowned American businessman, philanthropist, and trial attorney born on July 12th, 1947, in Eastman, GA. He is best known in the legal field for his amazing job of suing large businesses, most notably the $500 million compensation to a client from Mississippi.

Net Worth

Willie E. Gary has garnered a considerable amount of wealth through the years, and his net worth is currently estimated at $100 million.

12. Roy Black

Roy Black is a 78-year-old American civil and criminal defence trial lawyer born in 1945. He is best known for his brilliance when it comes to legal matters and for delivering well-prepared arguments in court.

Black rose to prominence in 1991 after he acquitted William Kennedy Smith on charges of rape and represented Rush Limbaugh, a radio commentator.

Net Worth 

As of 2023, Roy Black’s net worth is estimated at $65 million.

13. Erin Brockovich

Erin Brockovich is a 63-year-old highly revered American attorney, legal clerk, environmental activist, and consumer advocate born on June 22nd,1960. Brockovich is known for being actively involved in the 1993 case against Pacific Gas & Electric Company that involved groundwater contamination in California.

Erin Brockovich is also a media personality, hosting ‘Final Justice’ and ‘Challenge America with Erin Brockovich.’

Net Worth

Currently, Erin Brockovich’s net worth is estimated at $49 Million.

14. George Conway III

George Thomas Conway III is a 60-year-old American activist and attorney, born on September 2, 1963. Conway was considered by U.S. former president, Donald Trump for the Solicitor General position of the United States, however, he rejected the consideration.

George Conway III was part of the Lincoln Project, a coalition formed by former Republicans to defeat Trump during the 2020 presidential election.

Net Worth

As of 2023, George Conway III’s net worth is estimated at $39 million.

15. Thomas Mesereau

Thomas Mesereau is a 73-year-old American attorney, born on July 1, 1950. Mesereau is very prominent for defending celebrities and having many celebrity clients like Michael Jackson in 2005 and Mike Tyson, in a rape investigation filed at the District Attorney’s Office in San Bernardino County, California, in 2001.

 Net Worth

Thomas Mesereau is one of the highest-paid attorneys in America and as of 2023, his net worth is estimated at $30 Million.

16. Alan Dershowitz

Alan Morton Dershowitz is an 85-year-old American Harvard Law School professor and a highly revered American attorney born on September 1, 1938, in New York, U.S.

One of Dershowitz’s most high-profile lawsuits was his defence of Brett Kavanaugh, a Supreme Court Nominee, against the rape allegations made by Julie Swetnick prior to Brett’s confirmation.

Net Worth

Currently, Alan Dershowitz’s net worth is estimated at $25 Million according to Forbes.


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