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Holy Marisa Tomei!

Legal comedy a surprise to our ‘favorites list’

Questioning lawyers is fun, particularly if you get to do it from this end and not in a courtroom setting.

Marisa Tomei, Joe Pesci and Fred Gwynne, rear, in “My Cousin Vinny”

Marisa Tomei, Joe Pesci and Fred Gwynne, rear, in “My Cousin Vinny”

When planning this publication, we knew we were going to provide the basic information — name, qualifications, story with biographical information, etc.

We also wanted to give a real human face to the people chosen in the inaugural class of Leadership in Law.

One of the things I wanted to know was their “Favorite Lawyer Movie”.

To no surprise to,”To Kill A Mockingbird” was the runaway winner.

It’s hard to argue. Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch stands before a judge and jury to defend Tom Robinson, a black man who has been accused of raping a young white woman. Great movie from the Pulitzer Prize winning book by Harper Lee.

It’s one of my favorites too.

Another favorite, if you can handle the truth, was “A Few Good Men” with Tom Crews, Demi Moore and Jack Nicholson.

Great movie — a little surprising, maybe, with this bunch as their second favorite.

Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch in the 1963 classic “To Kill A Mockingbird”

Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch in the 1963 classic “To Kill A Mockingbird”

Darkhorse winner: But three cheers for the three lawyers — Barry Cannada, Richard Roberts and Mark Herbert — who chose “My Cousin Vinny” as their “Favorite Lawyer Movie”.

Anything with Marisa Tomei in, I am for — and she did win an Academy Award for that role.

I suspect, though, our lawyers loved Joe Pesci and his role as Vincent LaGuardia “Vinny” Gambini and the hilarious cultural canyon he had to navigate with Fred Gwynne playing small-town Southern judge Chamberlain Haller. — Great pick.

There were many other good choices, such as The Cain Mutiny, Philadelphia and Kramer vs. Kramer, but I let you find them for yourself.

Ross Reily is editor of the Mississippi Business Journal. He can be reached at ross.reily@msbusiness.com.

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About Ross Reily

Ross Reily is editor of the Mississippi Business Journal. He is a husband to an amazing wife, dad to 3 crazy kids and 2 dogs. He is also a fan of the Delta State Fighting Okra and the Boston Red Sox.

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