Mick Haller (Matthew McConaughey) is a lawyer whose client list is made up of mostly prostitutes, drug dealers, and tattooed bikers. Because of a DUI, he's driven around by Earl in his old Lincoln. He sits in the large back seat with papers sprawled about, collecting money and haggling on the side of the road.
He wheels and deals and at times, barely stays within the law himself. If it weren't for his nice haircut and expensive suits, it'd be hard to tell him apart from those he represents.
One day on his way out of court, he gets a referral from a bail bondsman (John Liguizamo). This potential client is different - he's clean cut, and comes from money. Louis Roulet (Ryan Phillippe) is accused of badly beating a girl he picks up at a bar. Haller takes the case, but is savvy enough to know that something isn't quite right.
A great cast of costars is sparingly, but well used. Marisa Tomei is an ex-wife who works in the District Attorney's office, Josh Lucas is opposing attorney in the courtroom and William H. Macy, who makes any scene he's in more interesting, plays Haller's friend and investigator.
McConaughey is perfect in this role, he's charming, fast talking and just this side of "slick". The Lincoln Lawyer is an entertaining and fun to watch courtroom drama.