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VOTE: The Most Despicable Defense Attorneys on 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit'
Roger Kressler (Ned Eisenberg) is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Despicable Defense Attorneys on 'L&O: SVU'
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Roger Kressler (Ned Eisenberg)

One of those characters that is so off-putting, the mere sight of them alighting from one of the courthouse elevators can send you frantically searching for a piece of drywall to punch. Kressler is as slimy as they come, standing up for serial killers, pedophiles, teenage sadists and, virtually, any scumbag with money. One prime example of said sliminess occurs in S2 episode 'Closure.' Harper Anderson (Tracy Pollan) accuses Kessler's client of defending a serial rapist. 


Anderson: 'I've seen you in court, Mr. Kessler. You're a very famous man. You're gonna burn in Hell.' 

His retort: 'I'm Jewish, Ms. Anderson. There is no Hell.'


NUMBER OF EPISODES: 21
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Lionel Granger (David Thornton... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Despicable Defense Attorneys on 'L&O: SVU'
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Lionel Granger (David Thornton)

Marrying Cyndi Lauper is the smartest thing David Thornton ever did. In second place: taking the role of consummate asshole Lionel Granger, one of the biggest turds in the New York judicial system. Slick, unethical and easily up for any legal challenge, Granger once accused St. Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) of murdering a sexual sadist that forced his female victims to marry him in a dungeon (turns out it was Jacqueline Bisset...or Samantha Mathis). He has even joined forces with fellow scumbag Roger Kressler (Ned Eisenberg), playing duplicitous defender to a pack of homicidal teenage girls who beat one of their friends to death and proceeded to stab her corpse hundreds of times with a pair of manicure scissors. His defense? Extreme emotional distress. Stay classy, Granger.

NUMBER OF EPISODES: 10
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Carolyn Maddox (CCH Pounder) is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Despicable Defense Attorneys on 'L&O: SVU'
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Carolyn Maddox (CCH Pounder)

Another great actress, CCH Pounder has carved herself a reputable television career playing doctors (ER), police detective (The Shield), and other good-guy roles. To witness such a superb reinvention, like morphing into Carolyn Maddox, is not for the squeamish. In S5 episode 'Carless,' Maddox defends an incompetent social worker (Julie Hagerty) who neglects her supervisory duties and, as a result, allows an abused child to be suffocated to death at the hands of his adopted mother (Malinda Williams). Rather than fall on her sword, Maddox insists that the system is to blame. In fact, Maddox frequently pulls out the 'fight the power' defense card, rarely winning.   


NUMBER OF EPISODES: 5
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Chauncey Zierko (Peter Riegert... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Despicable Defense Attorneys on 'L&O: SVU'
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Chauncey Zierko (Peter Riegert)

Oscar nominee Peter Riegert's Chauncey Zierko is as twisted and soulless as they come. A defender of Billy Tripley (Will Keenan), a creepy Michael Jackson-like figure who so obviously molests sick and vulnerable children from low income families, Zierko is quick to deny any public allegations, but can draw up a non-disclosure agreement faster than you can say 'hush money.'

NUMBER OF EPISODES: 6
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