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The Most Despicable Defense Attorneys on 'Law & Order: SVU'

Defense attorneys tend to get a bad rep. They're seen on film and television shamelessly defending some of the worst people humanity has to offer. Law & Order: SVU has seen some pretty despicable defense attorneys, but which one was the worst? This list, ranked by your votes, determines who the worst defense attorneys on Law & Order: SVU were and why. 

A vicious defense attorney can always get under the skin of your favorite Law & Order: SVU characters. Which Law & Order: SVU defense attorney got under your skin the most? Browse below and vote up the sleaziest Law & Order defense attorneys. If you've shamelessly finished every episode, watch more shows like Law & Order: SVU.

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    Roger Kressler (Ned Eisenberg)

    Roger Kressler is a man whose only motivation is money. No matter the crime, Kressler can be calm, witty, passionate, and extremely punchable. 

    Number of episodes: 21

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    74
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    Lionel Granger (David Thornton)

    Lionel Granger is not a calming presence. His greased, perfectly coiffed hair and dashing suits scream "up to no good." Granger's defended some brutal criminals, sure, but he had the audacity to accuse St. Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) of a heinous crime. Cancelled.

    Number of episodes: 10

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    53
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    Matthew Braden (Steven Weber)

    Matthew Braden is a total dirtbag. Even Elliot Stabler thinks so ("How do you sleep at night?") This guy has defended some incredible lowlives: A gangster on trial for murdering a 14 year-old boy, in addition to witness intimidation. Another scumbag (played by Ludacris) is accused of murder, and Braden gets him off by muddying the reputation of Detective Tutuola (Ice-T...who wasn't too happy about it.) Fortunately, he pops up very infrequently. 

    NUMBER OF EPISODES: 3
    120
    45
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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
    104
    37
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