Did you know that L.A. Law actually affected the US legal system, thanks to its popularity? Being massive L.A. Law fans ourselves, we can’t say we’re too surprised – it’s just so good! Those characters may have changed many people’s perceptions of how lawyers – and the law itself - worked, but where are they now? We’ve found out.
All the ladies wanted handsome, brooding Michael to work on their legal cases, but he only had eyes for icy District Attorney, Grace Van Owen. He even dressed as a monkey to woo her when she said only a monkey would sleep with him. A strange strategy, but it worked...
LA Law made Harry Hamlin a star (he was once voted the Sexiest Man Alive). He left the show for a movie career but it never took off, and he's only appeared in bits and bobs on US TV (including a stint on Dancing with the Stars). Harry was once married to Desperate Housewives' star Nicollette Sheridan.
Arnie acted more like a pervert than a lawyer - bedding any female with a pulse - including many of his clients! This often got him into trouble, but he just couldn't help himself. The bad fella.
After LA Law, Corbin Bernsen starred in the Major League movies and on General Hospital. He's also been on US reality shows Celebrity Mole and Celebrity Family Feud as well as The West Wing and Psych. Married with five sons, Bernsen owns over 7,000 snow globes... And that’s ‘snow’ joke.
No-nonsense District Attorney and judge Grace Van Owen had a bit of a reputation as an ice queen, until she embarked on a steamy relationship with Michael Kuzak. She even bailed on her wedding to hook up with her charming fellow lawyer.
Despite winning numerous accolades for her work on LA Law, Susan Dey didn't really set the world alight when she left the show. She went on to star in US sitcom Love & War, but only lasted one season. She appeared in the 2002 LA Law movie, but since then has done little of note, acting wise.
Impassioned, principled attorney Sifuentes was one of the first positive Hispanic characters on US telly. Victor was passionate about social justice issues and a gifted lawyer, but his fiery nature often got him into trouble.
Jimmy Smits has continued to find success in legal-based US drama - taking a starring role in NYPD Blue as Detective Bobby Simone. He's also had high profile roles in West Wing and Dexter. He's just finished treading the boards on Broadway. Not bad Jimmy!
Ann was a successful and much admired member of the legal team - though she did spend rather a lot of time arguing with Douglas Brackman. If you noticed an extra frisson between Ann and Stuart Markowitz, that may have been because, in real life, the actors who played the characters were married to each other!
Jill Eikenberry and hubby Michael Tucker (who played Stuart Markowitz) are stalwarts of US stage and screen - producing movies, directing plays and starring in TV shows. Jill is a breast cancer survivor and regularly talks about her experiences with the disease.
Brackman made it to senior partner, despite being insensitive and argumentative (or did that help?). A true businessman, Brackman got increasingly annoyed when other lawyers took on pro bono work. His love life came under the microscope when he got involved with a sex therapist.
Alan Rachins went on to win a new legion of fans with his role as hippy Larry in hit comedy Dharma & Greg. Most recently he's voiced the character Norman Osborn in The Spectacular Spider-Man. Brainbox Rachins is a member of Mensa. Imagine that!
Abby's time at LA Law was filled with controversy. In the first season she battled an abusive marriage while in later shows she shared a kiss with CJ Lamb. This was the first kiss between two women on prime time TV – not a bad legacy!
Michele Greene left LA Law to follow a career in music, releasing two acclaimed albums in Spanish. More recently she's returned to acting, with roles in CSI, Bones, The Unit and Brothers & Sisters. Michele has also recently embarked on a career as a novelist. We guess that if she ever does return to law, she’ll be able to throw the book at them.
Tax attorney Stuart had a long running relationship with fellow lawyer Ann Kelsey. He even used the fictitious 'Venus Butterfly' sexual move on her (don’t ask). Stuart faced health problems when he got hit on the head during a riot. He eventually recovered though, luckily for his butterfly moves.
Michael Tucker and wife Jill Eikenberry are currently working on a show called 'The Tuckerberrys', where they discuss their 35-year relationship. He's also written a cook book about Italian cooking and wine and still appears on US TV, most recently in Law & Order.
Kindhearted and motherly Roxanne was Arnie Becker's insecure but likeable secretary. She wasn't the sharpest knife in the box, but everyone loved her - and she had to put up with Arnie's philandering ways so we forgive her for not being brilliant.
Susan Ruttan has had a decent career on US TV over the years. She's appeared in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Remington Steele and Hannah Montana. Susan started an interior design company in 2000 and has been married twice.
Leland was the paternal presence in the law firm. His rather stiff reputation was shattered when he had a saucy affair with competitor Rosalynd Shays. (Rosalynd later died after falling down an elevator shaft - as you do).
Richard passed away in 2015 after an exemplary career in acting. He didn’t act again after L.A. Law: The Movie, instead taking up diving and spending time at home with his family.
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