The Lincoln Lawyer (TV series)

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The Lincoln Lawyer
Lincoln Lawyer TV series.jpg
GenreLegal drama[1]
Created byDavid E. Kelley
Based onThe Brass Verdict
by Michael Connelly
Developed byTed Humphrey
ComposerDavid Buckley
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10
Executive producers
  • David E. Kelley
  • Ted Humphrey
  • Michael Connelly
  • Ross Fineman
Running time45–55 minutes
Production companies
  • David E. Kelley Productions
  • Hieronymus Pictures
  • Algorithm Entertainment
  • Fineman Entertainment
  • A+E Studios
Original networkNetflix
Original releaseMay 13, 2022 (2022-05-13) –
present (present)

The Lincoln Lawyer is an American legal drama streaming television series created for television by David E. Kelley and developed by Ted Humphrey, based on the 2008 novel The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly, a sequel to his novel The Lincoln Lawyer. It stars Manuel Garcia-Rulfo as Mickey Haller, a defense attorney in Los Angeles who works out of a chauffeur-driven Lincoln Navigator rather than an office. Neve Campbell, Becki Newton, Jazz Raycole, Angus Sampson, and Christopher Gorham also star.

It premiered on Netflix on May 13, 2022. It received generally positive reviews from critics. In June 2022, the series was renewed for a second season which has been reported to be based upon Connelly's 2011 novel, The Fifth Witness (the fourth book in The Lincoln Lawyer series of books).[2]


Lawyer Mickey Haller works in the back of his Lincoln Navigator as he takes on cases in Los Angeles.[3]



Manuel Garcia-Rulfo (left) and Neve Campbell (right) portray Mickey Haller and Maggie McPherson, respectively
  • Manuel Garcia-Rulfo as Mickey Haller, a criminal-defense lawyer and recovering addict.
    • Adan James Carillo as young Mickey Haller
  • Neve Campbell as Maggie McPherson (main: season 1; recurring: season 2),[4] Mickey's first wife and a criminal prosecutor.
  • Becki Newton as Lorna Crane, Mickey's second ex-wife and his legal aide.
  • Jazz Raycole as Izzy Letts, a former addict & client of Mickey, now working as his personal driver
  • Angus Sampson as Cisco, Mickey's friend and go-to investigator and Lorna's fiancé. With Cisco, Griggs adapts the role of Mickey's half-brother Harry Bosch from The Brass Verdict (a character not included in the series by name due to rights issues with Amazon Studios).
  • Christopher Gorham as Trevor Elliott (season 1), a billionaire video game developer suspected of a double murder.


  • Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine as Detective Raymond Griggs, a detective investigating Jerry Vincent’s murder case.
  • LisaGay Hamilton as Judge Mary Holder, the Chief Judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court
  • Jamie McShane as Detective Lee Lankford, a detective investigating Angelo Soto with Maggie
  • Reggie Lee as Angelo Soto, a business owner suspected of utilizing slave labor; currently being prosecuted by Maggie
  • Carlos Bernard as Robert Cardone, a District Attorney running for re-election
  • Kim Hawthorne as Janelle Simmons, also running for District Attorney
  • Michael Graziadei as Jeff Golantz, Deputy District Attorney and prosecutor in the Trevor Elliot trial
  • Krista Warner as Hayley Haller, Mickey & Maggie's daughter
  • Lamont Thompson as Judge James P. Stanton, the judge presiding over the Trevor Elliott trial
  • Saul Huezo as Jésus Menendez, an old client of Mickey's, whom Mickey encouraged to plead guilty despite believing he was innocent
  • Katrina Rosita as Tanya Cruz, Soto's girlfriend
  • Heather Mazur as Carol Dubois, an insurance agent who had an affair with Jan Rilz
  • Mikal Vega as Eli Wyms, a former marine and client of Jerry Vincent
  • Mike McColl as Glenn McSweeney, Juror Number Seven
  • Chris Browning as Teddy Vogel, leader of the Road Saints Motorcycle Club
  • Matt Angel as Henry Dahl (season 2), a true crime podcaster covering Trammell's case[5]
  • Yaya DaCosta as Andrea "Andy" Freeman (season 2), a formidable criminal prosecutor in Trammell's case[6]
  • Lana Parrilla as Lisa Trammell (season 2), a chef accused of murdering a real estate developer[7]


  • Christine Horn as Joanne Giorgetti, Deputy District Attorney and prosecutor in Eli Wyms' case, also Hayley's soccer coach
  • Jeff Francisco as Alvin Aquino, a parolee affiliated with Angelo Soto
  • Paul Rae as Bruce Carlin, Jerry Vincent's investigator
  • Paul Urcioli as Jerry Vincent, a defense lawyer whose practice Mickey inherits
  • Jordyn Chang as Charlotte Yeoh, Trevor Elliott's receptionist
  • Shwayze as Terrell Coleman, a client of Jerry Vincent who Mickey sympathizes with
  • Mageina Tovah as Wren Williams, Jerry Vincent's receptionist
  • Kadeem Hardison as Detective Kinder, a detective investigating the murders of Trevor's wife and her lover
  • Katy Erin as Lara Elliott, Trevor's wife, who he is accused of murdering
  • Johann Urb as Jan Rilz, Lara's yoga instructor, with who she had an affair with
  • Puja Mohindra as Sonia Patel, a friend and former coworker of Lara
  • Jonathan Avigdori as Anton Shavar, a man running a private security firm whose ex-wife also had an affair with Jan Rilz
  • Katherine von Drachenberg as herself as a poker player
  • Darrell Dennis as Detective Kyle Winters, the detective in Jésus Menendez's case, a former protege of Detective Lee Lankford
  • Ramona DuBarry as Detective Linda Perez, an associate of Lankford and Winters who formerly worked as vice
  • Amelia Brantley as Cherry, a prostitute and associate of Gloria Dayton who also works as an informant for Mickey
  • Anthony A. Kung as David Loresca, an informant for Maggie in her case against Soto
  • Elliott Gould as David "Legal" Siegel, a family friend of Mickey and his father
    • Brion Bronson as young David "Legal" Siegel
  • Andrea Savo as Elena, Mickey's mother, an actress
  • Chris Gehrt as Michael Connelly, a reporter who wrote stories of Mickey's father. Connelly is the writer of the books upon which the series is based and formerly worked as a crime reporter before becoming a full-time writer.
  • Jon Tenney as Mickey Haller Sr, Mickey's father
  • Fiona Rene as Gloria Dayton, a prostitute and the key witness for Jésus Menendez's case
  • Christopher Thornton as Sam Scales, a fraudster and client of Jerry Vincent
  • Anna Khaja as Dr. Miriam Arslanian, a forensic expert and witness in the Trevor Elliott trial
  • John Cothran as Judge Wallace Canter, the judge presiding over Izzy Letts' case
  • Meera Rohit Kumbhani as Sarah Shepard, a deputy district attorney prosecuting Izzy Letts
  • Turhan Troy Caylak as Robert Holt, a witness against Izzy Letts
  • Bernie Kopell as Marvin Beedleman, a jeweler who is friendly with Mickey
  • Justene Alpert as Krisha Gold, a coworker of Jan Rilz
  • Julie Ariola as Judge Winifred Champagne, the judge presiding over Terrell Coleman's case
  • Eugene Kim as Ernest Choi, a deputy district attorney prosecuting Terrell Coleman
  • Marlene Forte as Judge Teresa Medina, the judge presiding over Eli Wyms' case
  • Paloma Esparza Rabinov as Kymberly Wagstaff, a repeat client of Mickey
  • Megan McNulty as Gina Russo, a deputy district attorney prosecuting Kym Wagstaff
  • Paul McKinney as Tony Walsh, a defense attorney friendly with Mickey
  • Christopher Amitrano as Dennis Byrne, a mechanic for the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department
  • Melvin Diggs as Deputy Murray, a sheriff's deputy who initially investigated Lara and Jan's murders
  • Andy Fong as Judge Frank Oh, the judge presiding over assigning bail to Angelo Soto
  • Gabriel Burrafato as Mike Pomerantz, Angelo Soto's lawyer
  • Michael Cory Davis as Ernie Quienero, a deputy district attorney prosecuting Sam Scales
  • Melanie Benz as Neema Shavar, Anton Shavar's ex-wife
  • Chau Long as Ryan Lee, a former classmate of Lorna from law school
  • Chuck McCollum as Phillip, an employee of the restaurant owned by Judge Stanton's husband
  • Makeli Leonard as Misha, a player on Hayley's soccer team
  • Alex Lewis as Eric Loomis, a forensic technician for the LAPD
  • Jeremiah Caleb as Raj Chowdhury, a client of Gloria Dayton
  • Rudy Martinez as Julio Muniz, a videographer who recorded the arrests of Trevor Elliott and Eli Wyms
  • Gregory Gast as David Shapiro, Anton Shavar's lawyer
  • Bruce Davison as Judge Walter Abrams, the judge presiding over Jésus Menendez's case
  • Emerson Brooks as Ben Miller, a deputy district attorney prosecuting Jésus Menendez
  • Matt Kirkwood as Dan Daly, Linda Perez's lawyer. Daly is actually a real-life lawyer who went to college with Michael Connelly
  • Harry Zinn as Judge Christopher Eagan, the judge presiding over Angelo Soto's case
  • Carolyn Ratteray as Sarah Walker, an assistant United States attorney friendly with Maggie McPherson


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"He Rides Again"Liz FriedlanderDavid E. KelleyMay 13, 2022 (2022-05-13)
Lawyer Jerry Vincent is shot dead in a parking garage by a man who steals his briefcase. The next day, his acquaintance, Mickey Haller, is given all his cases by Judge Mary Holder, including the case of Trevor Elliot, a video game designer accused of murdering his wife and her lover. Mickey and his ex-wife Lorna Crane, who works as his case manager, arrive at Vincent's office to find the police searching for evidence, and force them to leave. Mickey visits Trevor and attempts to convince him to hire him as his lawyer, promising that he will be able to go to trial the next week as Trevor wants to. In the meantime, he also takes the case of Izzy Letts, a former drug addict accused of stealing a necklace. As Mickey is a former drug addict himself, he sympathizes and gets the charges dropped, allowing Izzy to work for him as his driver to pay off her legal fees. He also hires Lorna's boyfriend, Cisco, to work as his investigator for the cases, which Lorna allows, though they are keeping a secret from him. His first ex-wife, Maggie McPherson, is a prosecutor, who is wary of him due to his former drug addiction. While having dinner with their daughter Hayley, he is visited by Raymond Griggs, the detective in charge of Vincent's murder case, who asks again to look at his clients' files, though Mickey refuses. While investigating the home in which Trevor's wife and her lover were killed, Cisco reveals to Mickey that he and Lorna are getting married, which Mickey approves of. When meeting with Trevor again, Trevor tells him that he has to win the case in the court of public opinion as well as legally. When Mickey tells him he cannot do that, Trevor tells him how he met his wife and how much he loved her. Mickey tells him they can win with that next week, and Trevor hires him.
2"The Magic Bullet"Erin FeeleyTed HumphreyMay 13, 2022 (2022-05-13)
Driving from the meeting with Trevor, Mickey and Izzy are followed by a black SUV, but lose it. At the office, Mickey appears to have no defense for Trevor, causing him to question Vincent. At home, he again sees the black SUV, though it drives away when he approaches. He handles another case, Terrell Coleman, who is also a divorced father in unfair circumstances. Sympathizing once again he gets Coleman released, bringing Hayley to see him work for the first time and slowly repairing his relationship with Maggie. Cisco investigates Vincent’s investigator, Bruce Carlin, who tells him Vincent took him off Trevor’s case, but was scared, though Cisco doubts this. Mickey convinces Judge Holder to allow him to give the names of clients who threatened Vincent to Griggs, which he does in exchange for Griggs revealing that Vincent frequented a casino. When Lorna tells him about the engagement, he again shows no jealousy, but mentions Cisco was once involved with a biker gang. Lorna speaks to one of Rilz’ coworkers and learns he had affairs with multiple married women. She later discovers that Vincent drafted a motion to ask for a continuance but never filed it, causing Mickey to assume he didn’t have anything. In a conference with the judge, James Stanton, prosecutor Jeff Golantz, and Trevor, Mickey is offered a continuance, but Trevor refuses, and tells Mickey in private that he has a deal to license his technology pending which will end if the trial continues on. Mickey refuses the continuance. When he questions how good a lawyer Vincent was, Lorna calls him after having spoken to Vincent’s receptionist, who he had an affair with. She tells Mickey and Lorna that Vincent told her he had a “magic bullet”, which Mickey identifies as something to blow the state's case open. As he leaves to find it, his car is revealed to be bugged, as a man in the black SUV listens to him speak to Izzy.
3"Momentum"Erin FeeleyTed HumphreyMay 13, 2022 (2022-05-13)
During a case, Mickey hears that he is supposed to represent Eli Wyms, who is not among Vincent’s files. Meanwhile, Maggie questions a witness about a businessman named Angelo Soto before a grand jury, assisted by Lee Lankford, a detective Mickey does not trust. Griggs shows Mickey a surveillance photo of a man in the parking garage the night Vincent was killed. At the office, Cisco shows Mickey evidence that Vincent was not gambling at the casino, and that Carlin has gone missing, seemingly afraid of whoever killed Vincent, and gives him a gun to protect himself. At Wyms’ hearing, Mickey finds that Wyms is unresponsive due to being on drugs, learns that Vincent took his case pro bono and has him taken off the drugs to allow him to negotiate a deal. Lorna investigates Carol Dubois, who gave Rilz money, and she reveals another woman who Rilz had an affair with, Neema Shavar. At Vincent’s memorial, Mickey encounters Lankford, who taunts him over Jésus Menendez, a failed case. This pushes Mickey to drink, but he is saved by Izzy. The next day, Mickey has Trevor walk him through finding the bodies, and finds that Trevor knew about the affair, and had affairs of his own, though Trevor still maintains his innocence in the murder. When arresting Soto, Lankford reveals to Maggie that he knows Mickey from supervising the case of Jésus Menendez, a man Mickey represented who supposedly killed several prostitutes. Returning to the office, Mickey is told that Neema Shavar’s ex-husband Anton is the head of a security company that caters to off-book clientele. When he investigates Trevor’s case further, he finds that Wyms was arrested the same day as Trevor, only hours before. Realizing Wyms is the magic bullet, he goes to leave, but encounters the man from the security photo in the parking garage. He is chased back to the office, where he scares him off with Cisco’s gun, before calling Griggs.
4"Chaos Theory"Bill D'EliaChris DowneyMay 13, 2022 (2022-05-13)
Griggs arrives and Mickey admits he believes the killer stole Vincent’s defense of Trevor. After this, Mickey realizes that the surveillance photo and the suspect were faked to scare him into talking. He and Griggs come up with a plan to draw out the killer, where Mickey tells the media that all Vincent’s files were backed up to an external hard drive he now has. Despite Maggie’s efforts, Soto makes bail and her witness becomes unwilling to cooperate. Mickey meets Wyms, who refuses to tell his story until Mickey gets him a deal. Bruce Carlin reads the story in the media and calls Mickey. He does not know about Wyms, but agrees to meet that night. Mickey reveals to Izzy that he lost the case of Jésus Menendez after a witness disappeared. When Carlin does not show up for the meeting, he calls Mickey and says he was followed. Mickey and Cisco realize he wasn’t followed, and find the bug in Mickey’s car, which they leave to avoid tipping off whoever is watching them. At Hayley’s soccer game, Mickey negotiates a deal for Wyms, but Wyms does not know anything about Trevor, nor Trevor about him. Meanwhile, Cisco and Lorna discover the fake ID and credit card Carlin is using and track him, but he is pulled over by police, and accidentally struck and killed by a passing car. When Maggie’s witness is murdered, Hayley calls Mickey. He comes over and he and Maggie share an intimate moment, after which he attends an NA meeting with Izzy.
5"Twelve Lemmings in a Box"Bill D'EliaAndi BushellMay 13, 2022 (2022-05-13)
Maggie’s superior, Janelle Simmons, who is running for DA against incumbent Robert Cardone, tells her to either prove Soto killed the witness or drop the charges against him. From investigating Anton Shavar, Cisco finds Rilz filed a restraining order against him two months before his death, but didn’t come to the hearing. Despite Lorna telling him her suspicions of Carol Dubois, Cisco approaches Neema and is threatened by Anton, which he records. Mickey questions a prostitute on the whereabouts of Gloria Dayton, the prostitute who disappeared after promising to testify for Jésus Menendez, and finds she is long gone. During voir dire, Trevor demands to be part of the jury selection process, and while Mickey attempts to get the best jury possible, Trevor’s actions force him to cut a juror he wanted. Izzy finds out her ex-girlfriend is using again, upsetting her, as she was the one who got her hooked on drugs. Mickey is accosted by the Road Saints, the motorcycle club Cisco was once part of, who mention Cisco. Lorna encounters a former classmate from law school, which she is revealed to have dropped out of. Maggie and Lankford attempt to use Tanya Cruz, Soto’s pregnant girlfriend, to get to Soto, and Maggie refers her to Mickey if she needs her own defense lawyer. Maggie later tells Mickey she needs a favor, and that their intimate moment was a mistake. At his house, Mickey is approached by Griggs, who tells him Vincent took out a large amount of money on the same day Carlin made a delivery to someone, which may have been a bribe for Trevor’s case.
6"Bent"David GrossmanGladys RodriguezMay 13, 2022 (2022-05-13)
After remembering one of his father's cases, Mickey meets David "Legal" Siegel, a lawyer and friend of his father, who he tells about the bribe. Siegel warns him not to do anything, before he gets a call from Maggie about Hayley skipping school. When he talks to her, she asks him if he has personal boundaries, regardless of the client's right to a defense. When he asks Maggie about the favor, she asks him to represent Tanya, which he agrees to if Maggie brings Hayley to Trevor's trial. Going over his defense, he finds Lara was speaking to a friend from a former job, Sonia Patel, and asks Cisco and Lorna to look into Judge Stanton to see if he received the bribe. Despite Cisco becoming concerned that Mickey is representing one of the Road Saints, they investigate, confirming Judge Stanton's innocence. Meeting Sonia, Mickey learns Lara was a brilliant coder, and their friendship fell out due to Trevor. He also finds that Lara asked Sonia to meet two days before she was killed, but didn't show up. Afterward, he meets a bitter Jésus Menendez in prison, and begs for a second chance. After admitting to Izzy that his failure to help Menendez caused his addiction, he meets Tanya, and promises to help her. At a fundraiser for Simmons, Mickey gets an audit from the crime lab from another defense lawyer. After refusing a ride home with Mickey, Maggie is approached by Cardone, who tries to persuade her to support him for DA instead. When Maggie is unable to offer the deal Tanya wants, Mickey asks her to pressure Simmons. When he takes Hayley out for breakfast after, teaching her about his principles, he realizes from a comment she makes about delaying a trial that the bribe was to plant a juror, and confronts Trevor while he flies a drone. When Trevor admits Juror Number Seven is a plant, Mickey attempts to withdraw, but Trevor tells him he cannot, as his company was originally funded by Russian mobsters, and that Lara was going to divorce him, which would have taken half the money for the company. Mickey assumes the Russians bugged his car, and Trevor begs him to help him. As Mickey drives away, believing Trevor didn't kill Lara and Rilz, he remembers his father telling him it's harder to live with losing a case when you know your client is innocent.
7"Lemming Number Seven"David GrossmanZach CaligMay 13, 2022 (2022-05-13)
Mickey asks Cisco to investigate Juror Number Seven and the Russian who Trevor claims loaned him money. At the trial, Lorna notices Carol Dubois siding with the prosecution. After opening statements, Carol confronts Lorna, confirming her belief in Trevor's guilt, while Maggie shows Mickey that the DA has accepted Tanya's deal, and later meets Tanya at the ob/gyn, where Tanya reveals that she brings Soto to a specific flower shop right before people, including Maggie's witness, disappear or are killed. During the trial, Mickey and Golantz both do well questioning witnesses, but Mickey manages to plant the idea of Rilz being the primary target, and Anton Shavar having threatened him, right before the jury leaves for the day, with Cisco following Juror Number Seven. At soccer practice, Lorna breaks up a fight between Hayley and another girl, and finds out that Hayley is bullied by girls at her school who think Mickey is a monster for defending Trevor. When she explains both the bullies' side and Mickey's, Hayley asks why she didn't become a lawyer. She calls Cisco to tell him she wants to go back to law school. Maggie and Lankford investigate the flower shop, realizing it is affiliated with gang activity, and Lankford's contacts in the police, Kyle Winters and Linda Perez, later identify a potential hitman who works there. Cisco tells Mickey that Juror Number Seven's real name is Glenn McSweeney, and he has a record, while the Russian mobster Trevor borrowed money from is very dangerous. Mickey asks a favor from the Road Saints. The next day, in court, Stanton shows Mickey and Golantz that he has received an anonymous letter saying Juror Number Seven is not who he claims to be, and did not show up today, apparently warned. He offers to declare a mistrial, but both lawyers refuse. Stanton adjourns court to confirm the other jurors. On the way home, Mickey drives by two Road Saints guarding his house.
8"The Magic Bullet Redux"Alonso Alvarez-BarredaJustin PeacockMay 13, 2022 (2022-05-13)
Mickey meets his informant, who gives him the name of a client who can get him in touch with Gloria, and has Cisco arrange for her to return to Los Angeles. In court, Golantz calls Sonia, who claims Trevor cut Lara off from everyone and that she was a brilliant coder who Trevor forced to quit the company to help him start his, but Mickey casts doubt on her testimony. A technician then confirms the gunshot residue on Trevor was not a false positive, and his testimony holds up, angering Trevor. On the way out, Izzy reveals she met her ex-girlfriend again. Cisco becomes more concerned about the Road Saints. When Mickey investigates the casino again, he finds it is near the vehicle maintenance facility for the county sheriff's department, and realizes what the "magic bullet" is. In court the next day, Mickey proves that the gunshot residue found on Trevor came from Eli Wyms, who was transported in the same vehicle Trevor was placed in, and provides Anton Shavar as another possible killer. That night, Trevor thanks Mickey, but tells him he still needs to win in the court of public opinion, and says he wants to testify for himself. As Mickey attempts to stop him, he receives a phone call from Izzy, and with Terrell Coleman's help, finds her at a club after her ex-girlfriend asked her to get high. Meanwhile, Simmons tells Maggie to prove Soto guilty by the end of the week or drop the case. Using questionable methods, Lankford gets the records of the supposed hitman's phone, but it does not bring up definite evidence.
9"The Uncanny Valley"Alonso Alvarez-BarredaChris Downey and Ryan Hoang WilliamsMay 13, 2022 (2022-05-13)
Lankford attempts to intimidate the assumed killer, but fails. Running out of time, Maggie asks Mickey to get Tanya to wear a wire and have Soto confess. When Cisco expresses concern about the Russians, Mickey reveals he has people watching Maggie and Hayley, revealing further affiliation with the Road Saints. In court, Trevor takes the stand against Mickey’s wishes and is crushed by Golantz, and Mickey suspects him of lying. Despite this, Mickey is able to save the case in his closing argument by discussing how it was impossible for Trevor to change and hide the gun in a few minutes. Cisco looks into Trevor’s story and finds that the whole Russian part is a lie, and they wonder who has bugged Mickey. The jury finds Trevor not guilty, upsetting Carol. Afterward, Mickey calls Maggie to let her know Tanya has agreed, on the condition that she not have to testify against Soto. Through Tanya, Maggie and Lankford successfully get Soto to confess to murder and arrest him just before he kills Tanya. Mickey meets Wyms, giving him information that would allow him to sue Vincent's estate for malpractice as soon as he gets out of prison. When watching a press release about Trevor, Wyms makes a comment about Vincent doing the dirty work and Mickey getting the glory, causing Mickey to realize Trevor really did kill Lara and Rilz and that he was able to dispose of the gun and clothes by using his drone. Trevor killed Lara as she was about to leave his company and she was the one writing the code, not him. Mickey confronts Trevor but says he can’t do anything about it. He asks Trevor who is bugging his car and following him, but Trevor claims he doesn’t know. Later that night, after being informed by Cisco that Gloria will return to Los Angeles the next day, Mickey is lured out to Griffith Park Overlook to supposedly meet Izzy but is instead knocked out by Glenn McSweeney, Juror Number Seven, who says “you should’ve just gone along with it, you and Vincent”.
10"The Brass Verdict"David GrossmanTed Humphrey and Michael ConnellyMay 13, 2022 (2022-05-13)
McSweeney tries to throw Mickey off the cliff but Griggs arrives and the killer falls off himself and dies before he can reveal who hired him. Maggie hears about this and she and Mickey kiss and mend fences. Lorna meets Gloria and tries to convince her to help Menendez by revealing she dropped out of law school after her professor tried to hit on her. Lankford tells Maggie the recorded confession is garbled, but agrees to testify that he heard it himself. When Gloria agrees to help, she reveals she left after Lankford's associate Perez threatened her. Mickey asks Griggs to help him investigate Winters, the detective in Menendez' case, and afterward, he confronts Trevor, asking if he sent McSweeney. Trevor denies this, and is shortly afterward shot and killed by Carol. Cisco discovers Mickey took a case for the Road Saints pro bono, and confronts them, offering to pay his debt to them himself. Mickey finds that Maggie is now supporting Cardone instead of Simmons. At a hearing for Jésus Menendez, Gloria reveals that she was threatened by Perez, and that the killer had a distinct tattoo. Afterward, he puts Perez on the stand and catches her in a lie. During a recess, he is contacted by Griggs, who tells him something that makes him ask Maggie to consider giving Soto a plea deal, though she refuses. After the recess, he questions Perez again, who reveals Lankford, not Winters, offered her a promotion in exchange for threatening Gloria, destroying Maggie’s case and getting her angry at Mickey. Due to the case's failure, Cardone reassigns Maggie to Van Nuys, which causes her to call the FBI to have Soto arrested for trafficking. Mickey realizes that Judge Holder had Vincent killed, tried to kill him, and was the one who bugged his car. She had the connections to tamper with the jurors and accept bribes. She denies it, but Mickey has evidence and she is arrested by Griggs, after which he goes to see Menendez released. Maggie leaves her office. Cisco rides off on his motorcycle. Lorna submits an application for law school. Mickey goes for a surf and is watched from a distance by the man with the tattoo.



In 2018, David E. Kelley wrote a spec script for a television series set up at Epix by A+E Studios. When the script failed to move forward, he decided to work on a different project with A+E, ultimately adapting The Lincoln Lawyer after sharing his interests in working on legal dramas. In June 2019, the project was given a series production commitment by CBS.[3] In February 2020, Ted Humphrey came aboard as showrunner and Kiele Sanchez joined the cast as Lorna,[8] with Angus Sampson and Jazz Raycole joining a few weeks later as Cisco and Izzy, respectively.[9][10] In May 2020, it was reported that the series would not be going forward at CBS due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.[11]

At the time of the decision, which CBS Entertainment President Kelly Kahl called a "tough call," two scripts for the series had been written, with two more in development, and Logan Marshall-Green had been in negotiations to star as main character Mickey Haller.[11][12] On January 11, 2021, Netflix picked up the series with a 10-episode order, down from the original 13-episode plan,[11] and announced that Manuel Garcia-Rulfo would star as Haller.[13][14] In February 2021, Neve Campbell and Becki Newton joined the cast, with Raycole and Sampson returning to the series.[15][16] Christopher Gorham was cast in March.[17] In April, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine was cast in a role created specifically for the series,[18] with LisaGay Hamilton,[19] Jamie McShane, and Reggie Lee joining the cast in recurring roles.[20] Krista Warner was cast in May.[21]

On June 14, 2022, Netflix renewed the series for a second season, which will be based on The Fifth Witness.[22]


The Lincoln Lawyer began filming in Los Angeles on March 30, 2021.[23][24] That same day, author Michael Connelly revealed on social media that the COVID-19 pandemic had previously delayed principal photography for around a year.[25] On June 8, 2021, Connelly said in an interview that six out of the ten episodes had been filmed, of which three of them had been edited completely, while also confirming that characters in the Amazon Prime Video series Bosch, including Haller's half-brother Harry Bosch (portrayed by Titus Welliver), would not be making appearances as both shows are from different networks.[26] Filming concluded on August 3, 2021.[27] Notable filming locations included Admiralty Way in Marina del Rey,[28] Spring Street in Downtown Los Angeles,[29] Grand Avenue,[30] the Wilshire Ebell Theatre,[31] and Wilshire Boulevard.[32]

Filming on season 2 is due to begin on October 31, 2022 and run through to March 2023.[33]


In August 2021, A+E Studios subsidiary Frankl & Bob Films II, LLC filed a lawsuit against ViacomCBS for "millions of dollars" in losses after it decided to not move forward with the series the previous year.[34] Citing the company's creation on December 4, 2019, the documents state that "after the merger, ViacomCBS's new leadership, led by [George Cheeks] had second-guessed CBS Network's decision to enter into the 13-episode series commitment," and that after finding it "was not valuable to ViacomCBS ... Mr. Cheeks and his fellow ViacomCBS executives decided that it would be better for ViacomCBS as a whole if CBS Network breached that commitment."[34] The documents also claim that ViacomCBS rejected the series because the first episode had not been filmed and said "that breach ensured that the series would never make it onto broadcast television."[34]


The first season premiered on Netflix on May 13, 2022.[35]


Audience viewership[edit]

By its first three days of release, the series finished #2 on Netflix's weekly ratings. In its first full week of streaming, it was the platform's most-watched English-language series globally, with over 108 million viewing hours, more than three times the second-place show.[36] Between May 8 and June 5, 2022 the series was watched 260.53 million hours globally.[37]

Critical response[edit]

On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 79% of 33 critics' reviews are positive, with an average rating of 6.50/10. The website's consensus reads: "David E. Kelley's adaptation of The Lincoln Lawyer relies too much on quirk to paper over its lack of true novelty, but this is a reliable enough vehicle for fans of legal pulp."[38] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 62 out of 100 based on 16 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[39]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "'The Lincoln Lawyer' Will Ride On in Season 2". Netflix Tudum. Retrieved May 1, 2023.
  3. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (June 25, 2019). "'The Lincoln Lawyer' Drama From David E. Kelley & A+E Studios Gets CBS Series Production Commitment". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on January 11, 2021. Retrieved January 11, 2021.
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