The Litigators by John Grisham

The Litigators by John GrishamJohn Grisham’s earlier novels primarily focused on exposing the ills of our legal and political system. The characters in his earlier novels were memorable and believable. Grisham would often hit on the subject of greed and how it has flooded our legal institutions. His success earlier on in his career was not surprising. The man who was responsible for creating a boom in the legal thriller genre had begun to lose steam after giving readers many wonderful novels. I can however say Grisham is back with the same intensity and memorable characters he had earlier in his career with his book “The Litigators”.

The Litigators, Oscar Finley and Wally Figg, are two humorous, unethical, appalling, and a bit likable characters in Grisham’s story. The two partners of the firm are complete opposites. Figg is entrepreneurial and is looking for ways to get rich quick and Finley is just trying to make ends meet. They own a rundown firm in South side Chicago. A Harvard Graduate, David Zinc, leaves the country’s biggest law firm to go work at the firm of Finley and Figg. Finley and Figg handle quick divorces and DUI cases. The book explores David learning about the legal system while working at Finley and Figg.  One day Figg gets a high profile case against a drug company which raises a firestorm in the public as well as in the Firm. The biggest problem facing the three lawyers at Finley and Figg is that they have never faced a jury and they are going up against the big guns of a drug company.


The book has plenty of suspense, twists and turns, but overall it has memorable characters. The book does a great job of showing street lawyers vs. corporate lawyers. The story balances today’s economic and political climate with claim lawsuits that are being filed against pharmaceutical companies. If you enjoyed John Grisham’s earlier novels, then you will probably enjoy The Litigators.