Accidental Lawyer

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Kim Hamilton

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John Grisham’s Rudy Baylor (The Rainmaker) meets Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum (One for the Money).


Satire, Detective, Mystery,Satire,Mystery,Comedy

Short Summary

A rookie attorney takes a job as an ambulance chaser and must prove she’s more than just a pretty face for the firm’s T.V. commercials.

Jess solves the mystery and catches the bad guy with help from her mobster pals. She develops a remarkable proclivity for this ignoble profession by wrapping up difficult cases and finding new business in unexpected places. The ending leaves the story open to Jess' next adventure.



Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age, Twist

Mature Audience Themes


Main Character Details

Name: Jessica Snow

Age: 26

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Naive, Aspiring, Complex, Educated, Honorable, Strong Moral Code, Underdog, Sarcastic, Funny, Insecure,Clumsy,Underdog,Sarcastic,Funny,Badass,Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: Kari Cruz

Age: 36

Gender: Female

Role: Sidekick

Key Traits: Outspoken, Sarcastic, Faithful, Aggressive, Badass, Blunt, Funny,Funny,Badass,Clumsy,Faithful,Unapologetic,Sarcastic

Additional Character Details

Name: Franco Giovanni

Age: 50

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Blunt, Confident, Criminal, Manipulative, Masculine, Power-hungry, Secretive, Aggressive,Badass,Aggressive,Masculine,Criminal,Leader

Additional Character Details

Name: Delroy Johnson

Age: 82

Gender: Male

Role: tempter

Key Traits: Adventurous, Aspiring, Visionary, Blunt, Confident, Faithful, Funny, Outspoken, Unapologetic,Unapologetic,Funny

Development Pitch

Accidental Lawyer has the bones for a humorous TV series. It tosses the audience into the often maligned but rarely examined field of personal injury law and its ugly cousin, ambulance chasing. It’s John Grisham’s Rudy Baylor (The Rainmaker) meets Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum (One for the Money). The story upends the usual tropes about personal injury attorneys and possible organized crime bosses and tells a tale about how life is all shades of gray, attitude is everything, and even a busy woman can find time to juggle two competing love interests. The main character, young attorney, Jessica Snow is a wholly relatable, naïve underdog in a male dominated world. But her ambition, tenacity and strong moral compass forge the way and allow her to turn any bad situation on its head and come up with roses. And cash. Jessica’s tribe is a cast of quirky characters that includes a bold/brassy sidekick, a recidivist client with a penchant for bus accidents, a gun-toting landlady, a compulsive/competitive boss, and a puckish mobster. With a setting in Baltimore, it’s ripe for production. Something needs to replace House of Cards. And who couldn’t use a few laughs these days?

About The Author

I believe that humor can be found in even the toughest situations if we look hard enough. And if we can find the courage to laugh at ourselves, all the better—it’s wildly therapeutic. That’s why I wrote Accidental Lawyer, to look back on a difficult time and see the humor. I practiced personal injury law on the streets of Baltimore for ten years. Being an ambulance chaser didn’t suit my professional or intellectual goals and it occasionally tugged at my ethics. A good sense of humor sprinkled with sarcasm and a hint of cynicism were my survival tools. The novel is a backhanded tribute to this profession and its unshakable stigma. It’s also a heartfelt bow to the otherwise, high-principled lawyers who wade in its murky waters. I live in the Baltimore suburbs with my husband. When I’m not writing or reading, I watch sit coms and cooking shows, preferably with a chilled glass of pinot grigio at the end of a productive day.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

The city of Baltimore is featured prominently in this story

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Self-published

Year Published: 2018

Hard Copy Available



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