Lawyer Monthly - February 2022

42 WWW.LAWYER-MONTHLY.COM | FEB 2022 FIVE OF THE MOST FINANCIALLY SUCCESSFUL LAWYERS IN THE WORLD WRITTEN BY RACHEL MAKINSON LAWYER MONTHLY It is rare for a lawyer to achieve vast wealth or celebrity status. For those with exceptional skills and an ability to attract highprofile clients, however, these accomplishments are not out of reach. Rachel Makinson takes a look at five noteworthy lawyers who have achieved some of the greatest financial returns in the profession. The average salary of a lawyer varies wildly across the United States, from $171,550 in California to $139,020 in New Jersey. Meanwhile, in the UK, the average salary for a lawyer comes in at just over £50,000. However, there are many legal professionals whose earnings go above and beyond these figures. Here are five of the most financially successful lawyers in the world. Charlie Munger While Charlie Munger is widely known as Warren Buffet’s partner at Berkshire Hathaway, he is also a Harvard-educated lawyer. Munger flourished in law school, graduating magna cum laude with a JD in 1948, before joining Californian law firm, Wright & Garrett. By 1962, Munger had founded Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, before deciding to give up the practice of law and instead focus on investment. Munger is currently worth an impressive $2.5 billion. Robert Shapiro Robert Shapiro is our final legal professional whose earnings go above and beyond the average, with a total estimated net worth of around $100 million. Shapiro is best known for representing murderer Erik Menendez in 1990 and for being on the team responsible for exonerating OJ Simpson from the murders of Simpson’s ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ron Goldman in 1994. Throughout his career, Shapiro has also represented clients including Rockstar Energy Drinks and Johnny Carson and co-founded ShoeDazzle, LegalZoom, and 1 2 TOPFIVE Most Financially Successful Lawyers in the World

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