With the launch of YouTube in 2005, lawyers were not far behind in posting cheesy law firm videos. And they continue to post them at an alarming rate, churning out the good, the bad, and the embarrassingly ugly. We recently gave our intern a laptop and a dial-up modem and asked her to search through years of YouTube videos to find the best. The result? Our top five lawyer YouTube videos. While far from perfect, they are definitely full of VHS awesomeness. Enjoy.
“Machete:” Trolman, Glaser & Lichtman
YouTube has launched (or buried) the basement studio careers of wannabe comedians spoofing personal injury attorneys. There’s literally hundreds of fake shyster attorney videos. Thing is, the best one is a real commercial for a real firm, New York based Trolman, Glaser & Lichtman. And not only one, but a whole series of videos dealing with devastating personal injuries. We picked “Machete,” one of our favorites.
Facme & Diaz, Attorneys at Law
Facme & Diaz is a two-person law firm created by comedians Yamil Piedra and Johnny Trabanco of nutscomedy.com. What do we love about their video? It was made in 2003 and deliberately remains crude, with awesome cinematography, great delivery, a perfect soundtrack, and a message that really resonates. They don’t get a lot better than this, especially for those who try.
Though you cannot find this video anymore on the DivorceDeli website where it originated (at the time, though, it was DivorceEZ) it’s the best one of the lot. It also contains the best description about why you should hire attorney Steve Miller, who in one long sentence shreds through big firms, paralegals, and DIY forms you get from the “boobs” down at the courthouse. Tacky? Yeah, but that’s what makes it work.
Oliveros & O’Brien – 007 Law
We found this one in a late night session searching for any actual new and interesting law firm videos. Lo and behold, former Homicide: Life on the Streets star Daniel Baldwin plays a secret agent for the Oregon “007″ law firm of Oliveros & O’Brien. Get it? Oliveros & Obrien? Double-o, oh forget it.
1-800-Victim2: Dancing & Rapping T-Shirt Squirrel
We featured this one on one of our Bitter News briefings in July and it makes a second appearance here. We couldn’t resist a crudely drawn dancing and rapping squirrel, what most folks think about when they think about being personally injured.