Fictional Attorney of the Month: Lionel Hutz

Phil Hartman voiced the recurring role of Springfield attorney Lionel Hutz in The Simpsons. A simple man, Hutz represented all the stereotypes of a small-town personal injury attorney--quick to talk and slow to understand. He's literally an ambulance chaser.

In one episode, for instance, he negotiates the terms of the trial with the devil, securing bathroom breaks every half-hour while the devil gets to select the members of the jury. In another, he encourages the Simpson family that despite the medical crisis facing their son, "You can ching, ching, ching, cash in on this tragedy!" When meeting with his client, he confesses, "The state bar forbids me from promising you a big cash settlement. But just between you and me, I promise you a big cash settlement. My fee is fifty percent."

The role was retired upon Mr. Hartman's death in 1998. But the amusing dry delivery and series of humorous courtroom-related scenes qualifies Hutz as the fictional attorney of the month.