Movies We Legally Love

From Elle Woods to Atticus Finch, Hollywood has a litany of dynamic legal characters that are hard to ignore. The law has always served as a great source of inspiration for cinema, helping to craft suspenseful story lines, dramatize actual legal events, or weave tangled webs of fiction. We asked a few people in our firm to pick their favorite law films – check it out:

  1. To Kill a Mockingbird
    Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his kids against prejudice.
    Atticus & Tom Robinson in court“Harper Lee’s one-hit-wonderful. This is by far my favorite book, and the movie adaptation does it no disservice. I love Scout’s quote about people: ‘I think there’s just one kind of folks. Folks.'” – Jake, Marketing
  2. 12 Angry Men
    A dissenting juror in a murder trial slowly manages to convince the others that the case is not as obviously clear as it seemed in court.
    Fun Fact – Firm Partner Richard Rose’s father Reginald Rose penned this amazing story and helped adapt it for screen. Richard’s career in the legal profession is not attributed to Henry Fonda’s performance, but the similiarities between the two are the stuff of Hollywood!
  3. Philadelphia
    When a man with AIDS is fired by his law firm because of his condition, he hires a homophobic small time lawyer as the only willing advocate for a wrongful dismissal suit.
    Philadelphia“A great movie for its time, helping to bring much needed attention to AIDS advocacy, and LGBT concerns. Loved this movie!” – Jennifer, HR
  4. Erin Brockovich
    An unemployed single mother becomes a legal assistant and almost single-handedly brings down a California power company accused of polluting a city’s water supply.
    Erin Brockovich“Everybody loves this movie, including me! Erin Brockovich proves that although she may use her innuendo to gain favorable outcomes for her clients, the real power lies in her dedication and drive. She fights the good fight!” – Jessica from Admin
  5. Legally Blonde
    When a blonde sorority queen is dumped by her boyfriend, she decides to follow him to law school to get him back and, once there, learns she has more legal savvy than she ever imagined.
    “Sometimes legal issues can be fun – This movie proves that you can do anything you set your mind to. It passed my bar!” – Jozie, Marketing

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Michael established The Sawaya Law Firm in 1977 and built it into one of the largest personal injury law firms in Colorado, with more than 20 lawyers and 80 staff members serving clients from five offices located in Denver, Greeley and Colorado Springs. Throughout its history, the firm has stayed true to its 12 Core Values, which emphasize excellence in advocacy and a commitment to providing outstanding client service. Michael studied sociology and economics as an undergraduate student at The Colorado College, and he earned his law degree from the Texas Tech University School of Law. In addition to being involved in several legal and community organizations, Michael enjoys playing music and cooking, and he has written a book on spiritual matters.