No, it’s not just the griping of a lawyer who’s had a rough week: Bruce Wagman’s clients really are a bunch of apes.

Wagman, 51, whose entire practice is devoted to animal law, has lately developed an even narrower focus in chimpanzee and ape protection. “As bizarre as it is to think I was already doing something that was such a niche, now I’ve got a subspecialty in chimps,” says the Schiff Hardin lawyer.