Why do you think you are a better lawyer than the other associates?
I'm smart, aggressive and very competitive inside a courtroom. As a criminal defense lawyer, I am in court almost every day, fiercely battling prosecutors and judges to vigorously protect the rights of my clients. I have no doubt that when it comes to trial, very few lawyers are my equal.
What's your verdict on reality TV?
I've never been a big fan of reality TV (though I must confess I've become addicted ever since signing on to do this show). The only reason I agreed to do this show is David E. Kelley. I've been following him for years and have always noticed how much he loves the law and lawyers. I knew we'd be safe in his hands, and I wouldn't have to take my shirt off and eat worms.
What, in your opinion, is the biggest misconception people have about lawyers and why is it a misconception?
I'm not sure that it is as much a misconception as it is a misunderstanding of what lawyers do. I think people often think lawyers just want to get as much money as they can out of their clients with the least amount of service. What people don't see are the ideals behind what most lawyers do.
The law represents our highest moral ideals in written form. At it's best, it is true democracy in practice - the great equalizer. Lawyers exist so that every person can have access to the courtroom as an arena to address their grievances. Behind every lawyer is a client who is relying on that lawyer to look out for them.
I have to admit that a lot of the criticism aimed at lawyers is well earned. However, it is more than a little unbalanced. At their best, lawyers should also be admired and respected. All great battles for civil and individual rights have gone through the courts, with lawyers at the frontline.
People should remember this when they jokingly refer to lawyers as bottom feeders. Because when you're on the bottom, who's the first person you call? Trust me, it's not Mother Teresa.