A great lawyer isn’t necessarily the most obnoxious person. Nor is a great lawyer necessarily a sleazebag. And yet so often, on TV and in movies, lawyers (particularly criminal defense lawyers) are depicted as unethical slimebags and liars.
I had the pleasure once of meeting Connelly at Bouchercon (lo so many moons ago!), and I complimented him on the book. He had gotten the details right. And I was thoroughly impressed with the way he portrayed Mickey Haller! I have to say, I love the idea of a lawyer who works out of his car. Brilliant! But, anyway …
Getting the itty-bitty details right separates the good writers from the great ones. Unfortunately, not everyone has the time or the capability to get all the details right. Even a lawyer must keep up-to-date on the latest developments, if he or she wants to be accurate about the law.
In any case, here’s another video about more legal stuff writers screw up — if they’re not careful and either do the research or hire a legal consultant.
And here’s an article that describes most solo lawyers I know: Solos Are the Unsung Heros of Social Justice.