The age-old question of whether art mirrors life or life imitates art will always get voices raised. When the issue centers around the profession of litigation, the answer seems to be a bit clearer. When child brain and head injury attorneys are taking on cases to represent those who have suffered wrongs, it’s relatively easy to argue that art mirrors real life. No matter where you hail from, be it San Diego or Houston, all child brain injury lawyers who fight for what they believe is right, bring their passion to the court with them. Here are some of the most prominent performances that have captured the hearts and souls of impassioned litigators.
Mr. Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird, played by Gregory Peck is one of the most moving performances by an actor playing a litigator to be captured on screen. Finch doesn’t have the assertive, loquacious style of many other famous screen litigators. Instead, he brings a quiet and righteous demeanor to his courtroom as he defends a black man during the Depression-era from being unjustly thrown in jail. Peck won an Academy Award for Best Actor for that performance.
Vincent “Vinny” Gambino
Joe Pesci plays the cousin from the Bronx that everybody wishes they had in this 1992 classic. Despite his tumultuous road to the courtroom –passing the bar exam on his sixth try- Vinny manages to save his cousin from certain jail time thanks to his unorthodox litigation methods, serendipity, and a little help from his sharp and sassy girlfriend played by Marisa Tomei.
The ‘Best Of’ acting list wouldn’t be complete without Denzel Washington. In a very timely movie, Joe Miller opts to act as Andrew Becket’s (Tom Hanks) lawyer after he believes he was unjustly fired from his job at the law firm due to having AIDS. In a hair-raising performance, Denzel Washington teaches us all the importance of standing up for what is right in and outside of the courtroom.