Because they continually deal in the shadow side of mankind they are always beyond shock when a scandal such as the Lance Armstrong one begins to unravel. They were probably more fascinated as to what defense strategy former McKinsey head Rajat Gupta would adopt than they were at all taken aback that he was caught up in the net of insider traders. And when former GE leader Jack Welch released his tweet about how the U.S. gov allegedly cooked the books abut September job figures, they knew that he knew that he wouldn't be sued for libel.
This innate or acquired ability to anticipate that human beings will be screwing up, frequently big time, makes lawyers the great healers. We can go to them with anything. They listen. They are on our side. They lay out options. They stick with us when the world turns turns its back.
When we get back on the winning side of things, it's unfortunate that in the laundry list of those we thank our lawyer usually isn't included. Yes, they are shrewder than shrinks. More resourceful than entrepreneurs. And more protective than our moms.