That's why the superlawyers among them have always been America's anti-heroes. They operate within a whole other dimension of reality. And we are bug-eyed with wonder.
The most recent example of that is Charles Harder. He emerged as Celebrity Lawyer with the gigantic jury verdict for the plaintiff Hulk Hogan in "Hogan v. Gawker."
In the process, that digital phenomenon Gawker was wiped out of existence. Its founder Nick Denton went from Manhattan Media Personality to NoWhereMan. In addition, litigation financing gained credibility. Much of the funding for the lawsuit came via venture capitalist Peter Thiel.
Harder went on to represent Melania Trump in defamation legal actions
For a while, he was one of Harvey Weinstein's lawyers. But that ended.
Currently, among Harder's clients is First Son-in-Law Jared Kushner. There seems to be the clash of titans: special prosecutor Robert Mueller v. the Trump Administration. Harder is on the side of the latter.
The fascination with what Harder does or doesn't do is embedded in the possibility that, as with Watergate, orange could become the new gray suit inside the beltway.
Anti-heroes ignore conventional mores. That's their power to engage our attention.
From the get-go in "Genesis," the rebels get the ink. Adam and Eve would never have become archetypes had they not tested limits. Satan was the most interesting presence in John Milton's "Paradise Lost." SCOTUS Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg doesn't take crap.
It's ironic. The American ethos is: Do the right thing. Yet, the longing is to be famous. Celebrities figure out how far they can push against what is expected.
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