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Exactly What It Says on the Tin. These are Mooks in suits, used for intimidation. When a character in a story feels he's been wronged (or feels he can get the upper hand), especially if said character is rich, he'll often threaten to call upon his Army of Lawyers. (Sometimes, "my legal team", same diff. In other words, lawyer overkill.) Sometimes that Army can actually be seen in a show, and when they are, they are invariably marching in ranks behind the character, in step and double-file (and often with an added foley effect of marching jackboots). Occasionally it will be a team of Yes Men or Middle Management Mooks rather than lawyers, but with the same effect: a martial show of force in a corporate or legal setting. Sometimes the Army will be acting on behalf of an unseen (usually evil) client, all members of the Army working toward one ominous goal.
- In National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Clark's boss is introduced with a team of yes-men marching lockstep behind him (with foley marching sound effects).
- In John Grisham's The Rainmaker, Naive Newcomer attorney Rudy Baylor has an Oh Crap moment when he meets the opposing legal team.
Rudy: I do believe that centuries of cumulative legal experience are seated at this table, all in opposition to me.
- Both the plaintiff and the big tobacco company have one of these in John Grisham's The Runaway Jury.
- It's mentioned many times in The Dresden Files that Gentleman Johny Marcone has an Army of Lawyers to protect him from any kind of legal charges.
- The Supernaturalist features combat lawyers known as Paralegals, causing a character to remark "I liked it better when they fought with briefcases".
- The law firm of Wolfram & Hart from Angel.
- One episode of The Defenders (the 2010 series with lawyers, not that comic book series) has one episode's bad guys use their Army of Lawyers as a blatant show of force. There are so many of them that when they sit down at their ridiculously long table they need two row of chairs.
- Parodied in one Far Side comic, where an explorer at the edge of an island jungle is confronted with a group of men in suits with briefcases.
caption: Wellington held out some beads and other trinkets, but the islanders had sent their fiercest lawyers- some of whom were chanting, "Sue him! Sue him!"
- There's a KAL cartoon about the contested 2000 Bush-Gore election in Florida. It's in the general format of "12 Days of Christmas" and number six is "six legions of lawyers".
- In Call To Power and its sequel, once you develop to the Modern Era, you can train Lawyers and Corporate Branches to wage economic warfare on your enemies. Ordinary army-units are mostly helpless against them, too - only Lawyers can fight Lawyers. And they're really, really effective. This means that unless it ends before you develop that far, a multiplayer match will inevitably devolve into an earth-shattering confrontation between two competing armies of briefcase-wielding, suit-wearing lawyers (and corporate branches).
- The Partnership Collective in Schlock Mercenary.
- Thief's Ninja Lawyers in Eight Bit Theater.
- Torg and Riff of Sluggy Freelance are confronted with a "Gaggle of Slavering Lawyers" when trying to rent a house. Disturbingly, it is revealed that the horde is not actually an army per se, but one entity with bird legs and numerous suited lawyer torsos and heads.
- The Simpsons
- IBM's lawyers have been compared to the Nazgûl (of LoTR fame).
- A recent radio commercial prior to the 2010 November elections in California warned voters that Proposition 25 was being fought by politicians and their "briefcase army" (with appropriate marching sound effects in the background).
- J. K. Rowling is said to have an Army of Lawyers in this Times Online article.
- On this website called "Classic Adventure Gaming," the writer asks that an unidentified man not sue him with his Army of Lawyers http://www.adventureclassicgaming.com/index.php/site/interviews/400/
- "Prince sends Army of Lawyers to take on Pirate Bay" http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/11/12/prince_pirates/
- "Bowen: Army of Lawyers at the ready if Prop 14 passes" http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2010/06/bowen-army-of-l.html
- Humorous example: A famous entry in the Doo Dah parade in Pasadena, California was the Synchronized Briefcase Drill Team, with 16 men & women in three-piece suits performing precision marching routines with attaché cases.
- Actual lawyers find this phenomenon very amusing, especially when you can be relatively sure that 3 of the 6 lawyers on one side of the bar are totally superfluous. They're only there to impress their own clients (and soak some more cash) and intimidate the other side's clients.