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Top Most Earning Advocates in India

The quest for justice in India now holds on to capital capacity of client. Despite impartial judiciary, justice for common man has become hard to earn. Unending number of cases, irregular investigation, and lack of awareness are some of the cause in delay of justice. Sometimes justice is not only delayed but denied. Nevertheless, people with deep pockets want to get hold of a lawyer who can guarantee them success in return for an exorbitant fee. Celebrity lawyers are those who have gained fame by virtue of their success and skills in the courtroom. These lawyers are adept in getting a firm hold on the case and getting the desired results for the clients.


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Ashok H. Desai is a Senior Advocate practicing in the Supreme Court of India. He held office as the Attorney General for India from 9 July 1996 to 6 May 1998 . Earlier, he was the Solicitor General of India from 18 December 1989 to 2 December 1990 . He was awarded the Padma Bhushan award and the Law Luminary Award in 2001. He was awarded Degree of Doctor of Law (Honoris Causa) in “recognition of his contribution to the field of law and jurisprudence” by the North Orissa University on 14 September 2009. He charges Rs 2 lakhs for each hearing.

9 Rohinton Fali Nariman (born 13 August 1956) is a judge of the Supreme Court of India. Before being elevated as a judge, he practised as a senior counsel at the Supreme Court. He was appointed the Solicitor General of India on 23 July 2011. He also served as a member of the Bar Council of India. He was designated as a Senior Counsel by Justice Venkatachaliah (the then Chief Justice of India) in 1993 at the early age of 37. Nariman charges more than Rs 2 lakhs from his clients for each hearing.

8 Kottayan Katankot Venugopal, (born 1931), known generally as K. K. Venugopal (personal name is Venugopal) is an eminent Indian constitutional lawyer and a senior advocate in the Supreme Court of India. He is a Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan awardee. KK Venugopal was also hired by the Government of Bhutan for consultations during the drafting of the constitution of Bhutan. He has fought many cases for the State Governments and govt. institutions for free. Venugopal charges more than Rs 3 lakhs for each appearance in the court.

7 Mukul Rohatgi is a designated senior counsel, and the 14th and current Attorney General for India. He was appointed Attorney General of India with effect from 19 June 2014 and shall have a tenure of 5 years. He is a senior advocate at the Supreme Court of India. He has also served earlier as Additional Solicitor General of India. 

Rohatgi, son of former Delhi High Court judge Justice Awadh Behari Rohatgi, has represented Gujarat government in the Supreme Court in the 2002 Gujarat riots and fake encounter death cases, including the Best Bakery and Zahira Sheikh cases. Rohatgi charges Rs 5 lakhs or more for each hearing.


6 Abhishek Singhvi (born 24 February 1959) is an Indian lawyer and politician. As politician, he is a member of the Indian National Congress (INC) and a current Member of the Parliament of India representing Rajasthan in the Rajya Sabha, the Upper House of the Indian Parliament. He is also a spokesperson for the INC. Abhishek Singhvi became the youngest Attorney General of India at the age of 37. Singhvi charges Rs 6 lakhs for each appearance. He was at the centre of a controversy involving a sex tape.


5 K. Parasaran (born October 9, 1927) is an Indian lawyer. He was Advocate-General of Tamil Nadu during President's rule in 1976 and then, Attorney General of India under Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi. Parasaran was awarded the Padma Bhushan in the year 2003 and Padma Vibhushan in the year 2011. In June 2012, he received a presidential nomination to the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of India's parliament. He is known for his excellent skills as an advocate. Parasaran charges Rs 8-12 lakhs for each hearing.


4 Soli Jehangir Sorabjee, (born 9 March 1930) is an Indian jurist and former Attorney-General of India from 1977 to 1980. He is the vice president of the United Nations Human Rights Commission and the president of the United Lawyer’s Association. He is the chairman of the Transparency International and convenor of the Minority Rights Group. He is an honorary member of Order of Australia. He has been honored with Padma Vibhushan for his defense of the freedom of expression and the protection of human rights. Sorabjee has held several offices in organizations of national and international repute. His success rate is as high as 80%. Sorabjee charges Rs 10-15 lakhs for each appearance and Rs 1.25-2 lakhs for admission days.


3 Fali Sam Nariman (born 10 January 1929) is an Indian jurist. He was the senior advocate to the Supreme Court of India since 1971 and has remained the President of the Bar Association of India since 1991. Nariman is an internationally recognised authority on international arbitration. He is one of India's most distinguished constitutional lawyers and he has argued several leading cases. He remained Additional Solicitor General of India May 1972- June 1975.
He has been awarded the Padma Bhushan (1991), Padma Vibhushan (2007) and Gruber Prize for Justice (2002) and has remained nominated member of the Rajya Sabha, the Upper House of the Parliament of India for a term (1999–2005). He has won the Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan and the Gruber Prize for Justice. Nariman charges Rs 25 lakhs per day and Rs 8-15 lakhs per appearance.


2 Ram Boolchand Jethmalani (born 14 September 1923) is an Indian lawyer and politician. He has served as India's Union Law Minister and as chairman of the Bar Council of India. He has represented a sweep of cases from the high-profile to the controversial for which he has often faced severe criticism. He is the highest-paid Indian lawyer.
Ram Jethmalani obtained a law degree at the age of 17 and started practising law in his hometown (in today's Pakistan) until the partition of India. The partition led him to move to Mumbai as a refugee and he began his life afresh with his family.
He was elected a member of parliament in the 6th and 7th Lok Sabha on a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ticket from Mumbai. He has served as Law Minister of India and also as Minister of Urban Development during the prime ministership of Atal Bihari Vajpayee against whom he later contested election in the general elections of 2004 from Lucknow constituency.
However, in 2010 he came back to BJP and was elected to Rajya Sabha on its ticket from Rajasthan. He has been criticised as being opportunistic because of this.
Jethmalani is a well known face amongst the legal community in India. Even though his forte lies in criminal law, he has appeared in many high-profile civil cases. From 1993 to 1998, he was one of the lawyers who represented Harshad Mehta during the Harshad Mehta scam and the Narasimha Rao bribery case. On 7 May 2010 he was elected as the president of Supreme Court Bar Association. He has appeared in a number of high profile cases. Ram Jethmalani is very expensive and charges Rs 25 lakhs per appearance.


1 Harish Salve is an Indian lawyer, who specializes in constitutional, commercial and taxation laws, is a renowned lawyer with a client list consisting of Reliance, ITC Limited, Vodafone, Tata Group, etc. He primarily practices at the Supreme Court of India, but also appears in various High Courts and in international arbitration, sometimes as a counsel and other times as an adjudicator. He served as the Solicitor General of India from 1 November 1999 to 3 November 2002. India Today magazine ranked him 43rd in India's 50 Most powerful people of 2017 list. He has appeared in the list of the top ten lawyers in the world published by many forums and has also been ranked as the 18th most powerful man in the country. He charges Rs 30 lakhs per day and Rs 15 lakhs per hearing but due to his recent victory in Jadav Case, which may lead to high market demand, we place him in the first rank of the top most earning advocates in India.

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