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Michael Cohen.

I’ve been covering the legal profession forever, so I’m hardly dewy-eyed about lawyers. I’ve been around lauded legends as well as lawyers in the cross-hair of criticism, but at the end of the day, I think everyone is just trying to do his or her best and make a living.

I accept the fact that lawyers can be tough and rough in advocating for their client, and that their clients might be unsavory. I don’t expect them to be Atticus Finch. They are hired guns—and I’m fine with that. Truly.

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Vivia Chen

Vivia Chen is a senior columnist at The American Lawyer and the creator of The Careerist blog.

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