At Rocket Matter, we work with lawyers every day. And through the years we’ve come to several realizations: These people are saving the world. They are deeply dedicated to their work. And they are really obsessed with Game of Thrones (so obsessed that some are bringing a bit of Westeros into their courtrooms.)
- Florida circuit judge Robin S. Rosenbaum recently began her ruling in a case on free speech by writing: “A wise man once said a true history of the world is a history of great conversations in elegant rooms.” The source? The one-and-only Tyrion Lannister from season 6, episode 3. (It’s a good thing Rosenbaum didn’t start her ruling with what’s arguably Tyrion’s most famous quote: “I drink, and I know things!”)
- A few years ago, a Staten Island attorney actually filed a brief to end a dispute by instituting a trial by combat. Richard Luthmann, a huge Game of Thrones fan, demanded that one of the plaintiffs in a suit against him dismiss the case or take part in a battle. According to an article in Time, “He claims that the practice has not been outlawed in the U.S. or New York state and is suggesting it to point out the absurdity of the plaintiffs’ allegations.” As Luthmann told Time, “They want to be absurd about what they’re trying to do, then I’ll give them back ridiculousness in kind.” Yes, but perhaps Lutmann isn’t really remembering those trials by combat…like, let’s say, when the Mountain gouged out Oberyn’s eyes with his thumbs before crushing his skull with his hands. Fun! Well, the good news is that no blood will be shed—Luthmann has settled the case. Whew.
- A man named Michael A. Ventrella predicted that Hodor means “Hold the Door” years before the episode “The Door” (you know, that episode you’ll never forget) aired. Guess what? Ventralla is a lawyer from the Poconos.
- Lots of lawyers have written about Game of Thrones. They love to make comparisons to their own profession. For instance, there’s this article about the various legal ramifications that should have come along with the various beheadings, malicious acts, and other crimes that run rampant on the show. And here’s another one about how the show is a victory for disability rights.
- While lawyers bring Game of Thrones into their practices, the reverse should be true as well: Westeros really needs some lawyers. Check out our article on the subject, in case you missed it.