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The Lawyer Quotes
The Lawyer has a strong dislike for the gang. He often uses his sharp intellect and educational background against the Gang.
He had a lovely wife. But, at some point, she decided to leave him. From 05x08 we know that their divorce process was very emotionally turbulent for The Lawyer (because he was still very much in love with her) - here is why he had to turn away her photo on his desk, sleep in a fleabag motel and even had a several of "crying episodes".
The Lawyer was eager to personally stop Frank - he represented a family that Frank is trying to force out of their house. ("The Gang Exploits the Mortgage Crisis") After Charlie made an attempt to prove that he's more legally apt than the actual lawyer, he challenged him to a duel; the lawyer immediately accepted, claiming to have a loaded gun in his office desk.
The Gang later went to him to get patents for products that they have created. ("Paddy's Pub: Home of the Original Kitten Mittens") He then tricked them into signing a contract which gives him all the profits made from their products and includes a restraining order.
He also made hundreds of copies so Mac can't eat the contracts - a call back to earlier in the episode when Mac eats Dee's waitress contract making it null and void.
The Lawyer represented Maureen Ponderosa in her divorce from Dennis pro bono because he hates Dennis and the Gang. After meeting with Dennis' incompetent lawyer Jack Kelly (Charlie's uncle) the Lawyer and Jack map out an agreement where Dennis and Maureen will divorce and Dennis will assume all of her debts. Plus, now Dennis will have to make alimony payments to her. ("Dennis Gets Divorced")
The Lawyer, in his role as the executor of Barbara Reynolds' estate, has to tell Dee and Dennis that their grandfather, Pop-Pop, is in a coma and is on life support, and since they are his last living blood relatives, they must decide if he should remain on life support or be allowed to die. He seems very eager for them to decide to pull the plug on Pop-Pop, because that would mean his duties as Barbara's executor are done and he will never have to see Dennis, Dee, or anyone else in the Gang again. When Dee and Dennis hesitate to pull the plug, The Lawyer has them sign a power of attorney agreement so that he can give the authorization to stop Pop-Pop's life support. However, Pop-Pop begins breathing on his own after the respirators are turned off, so The Lawyer is not free of The Gang yet. ("Pop-Pop: The Final Solution")
- Season Three: Dennis and Dee's Mom Is Dead
- Season Five: The Gang Exploits the Mortgage Crisis, Paddy's Pub: Home of the Original Kitten Mittens
- Season Six: Dennis Gets Divorced
- Season Eight: Pop-Pop: The Final Solution
- The Lawyer is the second unnamed recurring character on the show. The first one is The Waitress.
- According to Dee, The Lawyer's ex-wife looks like a "stone-cold bitch". (05x08)
- Lawyer is not the only person who have restraining order against The Gang: other person happened to be Sully - their former friend who has restraining order particularly against Charlie. ("Dennis and Dee's Mom Is Dead") And yes, Waitress definitely should get it, too.
- A Twitter message from Glenn Howerton, dated April 25, 2012, reads: "Outlined a new episode today.
Very heavy on The Lawyer". So prepare to see Attorney again in Season 8! (Which we do, in the season premiere "Pop-Pop: The Final Solution").
- Though the character is generally referred to as "The Lawyer", including by the show's creators (see the Glenn Howerton's tweet above), the credits always call him either just "Attorney" ("Dennis and Dee's Mom Is Dead", "Dennis Gets Divorced") or "The Attorney" (all other episodes).
- The Lawyer makes an appearance in a promotional trailer for Season 10 (see it for yourself here.)