Lawyer Monthly Rich List – Judy Sheindlin
Rich List Fact:
Sheindlin is the longest serving judge or arbitrator in courtroom-themed programming history, a distinction that earned Sheindlin a place in the Guinness World Records.
Worth: $400 million
Firm: Judge Judy
Bio: Judy Sheindlin is an American prosecution lawyer, author and television personality who most will know from her TV series “Judge Judy”, which plays a large role in her appearance on our Lawyer Monthly Rich List.
As of last year, it has been reported that Sheindlin earns around $47 million a year, principally from her aforementioned TV show. She graduated New York Law School in 1965, and passed the New York bar examination the same year. She began her career as an corporate lawyer working for a cosmetics firm, but quickly became unsatisfied with her line of work after two years and decided to leave her position. After this she saw an opening at the New York court system for a family court prosecutor, in which her role was to prosecute child abuse cases, juvenile crime and domestic violence.
Her TV career began when she was appointed a criminal court judge and earned her rightful place, presiding over 20,000 cases. TV executives saw her in action and there began the TV series we all know as Judge Judy. She is the longest serving judge and in a courtroom-themed TV series which earned her a place in the Guinness World Record.