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List of famous jurists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top jurists in the world? This includes the most prominent jurists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable jurists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic jurists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned jurists.

List is made up of many different people, including William Howard Taft and Thurgood Marshall.

From reputable, prominent, and well known jurists to the lesser known jurists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the jurist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous jurists ever?" and "What are the names of famous jurists?" then you're in the right place. (408 items)
Thurgood Marshall is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Jurists
Thurgood Marshall (July 2, 1908 – January 24, 1993) was an American lawyer, serving as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from October 1967 until October 1991. Marshall ...more

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Sonia Sotomayor is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Jurists
Sonia Sotomayor
Sonia Maria Sotomayor (Spanish: [ˈsonja sotomaˈʝoɾ]; born June 25, 1954) is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, appointed by President Barack Obama in May 2009 and ...more

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Jurists
Ruth Bader Ginsburg (, born Joan Ruth Bader; March 15, 1933) is an American lawyer and jurist who is an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Ginsburg was appointed by President Bill ...more

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William Howard Taft is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Jurists
William Howard Taft (September 15, 1857 – March 8, 1930) was the 27th president of the United States (1909–1913) and the tenth chief justice of the United States (1921–1930), the only person to ...more

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Earl Warren is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Jurists
Earl Warren (March 19, 1891 – July 9, 1974) was an American politician and jurist who served as the 14th Chief Justice of the United States (1953–1969) and earlier as the 30th Governor of ...more

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Pierre Trudeau is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Jurists
Joseph Philippe Pierre Yves Elliott Trudeau (; French: [tʁydo]; October 18, 1919 – September 28, 2000), often referred to by the initials PET, was a Canadian politician who was 15th prime ...more
John Jay is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Jurists
John Jay
John Jay (December 23, 1745 – May 17, 1829) was an American statesman, patriot, diplomat, Founding Father of the United States, negotiator and signatory of the Treaty of Paris of 1783, second ...more

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Dan Quayle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Jurists
James Danforth Quayle (born February 4, 1947) is an American politician and lawyer who served as the 44th vice president of the United States from 1989 to 1993. Quayle was also a U.S. ...more

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Hugo Black is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Jurists
Hugo Lafayette Black (February 27, 1886 – September 25, 1971) was an American politician and jurist who served in the United States Senate from 1927 to 1937, and as an Associate Justice of the ...more
Bud Spencer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Jurists
Carlo Pedersoli (October 31, 1929 – June 27, 2016), known professionally as Bud Spencer, was an Italian actor, professional swimmer and water polo player. He was known for action-comedy and ...more
Hugo Grotius is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Jurists
Hugo Grotius (; 10 April 1583 – 28 August 1645), also known as Huig de Groot (Dutch: [ˈɦœyɣ də ɣroːt]) or Hugo de Groot (Dutch: [ˈɦyɣoː də ɣroːt]), was a Dutch jurist. Along with the earlier ...more
William Rehnquist is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Jurists
William Hubbs Rehnquist (; October 1, 1924 – September 3, 2005) was an American jurist and lawyer who served on the Supreme Court of the United States for 33 years, first as an Associate Justice ...more
Pinheiro Machado is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Jurists
José Gomes Pinheiro Machado (May 8, 1851 – September 8, 1915) was a Brazilian republican politician. He fought for the establishment of the Republic in Brazil and for its consolidation. ...more
Marco Biagi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Jurists
Marco Biagi can refer to: Marco Biagi (jurist) (1950–2002), Italian jurist Marco Biagi (politician) (1982), Scottish SNP politician
Michael Kirby is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Jurists
Michael Donald Kirby (born 18 March 1939) is an Australian jurist and academic who is a former Justice of the High Court of Australia, serving from 1996 to 2009. He has remained active in ...more
John Marshall is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Jurists
John James Marshall (September 24, 1755 – July 6, 1835) was an American politician and lawyer who served as the fourth Chief Justice of the United States from 1801 to 1835. Marshall remains the ...more

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Maria Lourdes Sereno is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Jurists
Maria Lourdes "Meilou" Aranal Sereno (Tagalog: [sɛˈrɛnɔ], born Maria Lourdes Punzalan Aranal; July 2, 1960) is a Filipina lawyer and judge who served as de facto Chief Justice of the ...more
Kenji Yoshino is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Jurists
Kenji Yoshino (born May 1, 1969) is a legal scholar and the Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at New York University School of Law. Formerly, he was the Guido Calabresi ...more
Lance Ito is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Jurists
Lance Almond Ito (born August 2, 1950) is a retired American judge best known for presiding over the O. J. Simpson murder case at the Los Angeles County Superior Court. He heard felony criminal ...more
M. E. Bradford is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Jurists
Melvin E. "Mel" Bradford was a conservative political commentator and professor of literature at the University of Dallas. Bradford is seen as a leading figure of the paleoconservative ...more
John Marshall Harlan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Jurists
John Marshall Harlan (June 1, 1833 – October 14, 1911) was an American lawyer and politician who served as an associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. He is often called "The Great ...more
Pierre de Fermat is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Jurists
Pierre de Fermat (French: [pjɛːʁ də fɛʁma]) (between 31 October and 6 December 1607 – 12 January 1665) was a French lawyer at the Parlement of Toulouse, France, and a mathematician who is given ...more
Antonio Cassese is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Jurists
Antonio Cassese was an Italian jurist who specialized in public international law. He was the first President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the first ...more
Oliver Wendell Holmes, J... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Jurists
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. (March 8, 1841 – March 6, 1935) was an American jurist who served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1902 to 1932, and as Acting ...more

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Frank Murphy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Jurists
William Francis Murphy (April 13, 1890 – July 19, 1949) was a Democratic politician and jurist from Michigan. He was named to the Supreme Court of the United States in 1940 after a political ...more

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