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J. Michael "Mickey" Haller, Junior is a fictional character created by Michael Connelly in his 2005 novel The Lincoln Lawyer. Haller, a Los Angeles-based defense attorney, is the younger paternal half-brother of Connelly's best-known character, LAPD Detective Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch. The Mickey Haller series consists of six published novels, with the most recent published in 2023.
|J. Michael Haller, Jr.|
|First appearance||The Lincoln Lawyer|
|Created by||Michael Connelly|
|Portrayed by||Matthew McConaughey|
|Full name||J. Michael Haller, Junior|
|Nickname||Mickey, The Lincoln Lawyer|
|Children||Hayley Haller (daughter)|
|Relatives||J. Michael Haller Sr. (father; deceased)|
Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch (half-brother)
Madeline Bosch (niece)
A television series adaptation of The Lincoln Lawyer from David E. Kelley, Ted Humphrey, and A+E Studios, was released on Netflix in September 2022. The first season is based on the second book in the series, while a second season based on the fourth book is set to release in 2023. Mexican actor Manuel Garcia-Rulfo stars as Mickey Haller, as the series explores the character's maternal Latino heritage.
Character biography Edit
Haller is significantly younger than his half-brother, Bosch. When Bosch first met his father, Michael Haller Sr., Bosch was an adult but Mickey was only five years old. (However, in chapter 19 of The Black Ice, Bosch mentions there was one unnamed half-brother. Bosch notes that the half-brother is a defense attorney and “probably born a few years ahead of Bosch”.) The elder Michael Haller was one of Los Angeles' premier criminal defense attorneys and his clients included mobster Mickey Cohen and one of the Manson girls.
J. Michael Haller Jr. was born from his father's second marriage. His parents wed less than two months after his father divorced his first wife, and the Haller son was born five months later, into a family of wealth. Haller's mother was much younger than his father and was from Mexico, where she was a famous actress. In The Fifth Witness, Haller says that he looks "more south of the border than north". Little is known of Haller's childhood other than his father died when the boy was young (shortly after the meeting with Bosch) and his inheritance of his father's Colt Woodsman pistol, mentioned in The Lincoln Lawyer (2005), the first of the series. Haller grew up with his mother and was bilingual. He followed in his father's footsteps by becoming a defense attorney. Most of Haller's knowledge of his father comes from law books he has read and stories from judges and other lawyers who had worked with the elder Haller prior to his death.
The Mickey Haller novels are narrated almost exclusively in the first-person by Mickey Haller. The second novel featuring Mickey Haller, The Reversal (2010), could be considered a crossover novel, as it contains both Harry Bosch-centered chapters, narrated in the third person (including third-person scenes featuring Mickey Haller) and Mickey Haller-centered chapters, narrated in the first person.
All but two of the Harry Bosch novels are narrated in the third-person. (Both Lost Light (2003) and The Narrows (2004) are narrated in the first person by the temporarily retired Harry Bosch.) Although The Crossing (2015) features appearances by Mickey Haller, it is classified as a Harry Bosch novel because it is narrated entirely in the third person.
As of 2020, there are six novels in The Lincoln Lawyer series. The latest is The Law of Innocence (2020), which is narrated from Haller's point of view.
Personal life Edit
Haller has been married and divorced twice. He was first married to Maggie McPherson, a lawyer and prosecutor, and they have a daughter Hayley. McPherson is a career prosecutor with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, and is nicknamed "McFierce" by defense lawyers. They divorced due to their opposite careers—Haller was defending accused criminals, while McPherson was prosecuting them. They continue to maintain a close relationship, with periodic reconciliations.
Haller next married Lorna Taylor. She became Haller's Case Manager. She married again, to Haller's investigator, Dennis "Cisco" Wojciechowski. Haller maintains good relationships with both of his ex-wives and has joint custody of his daughter, who grew up speaking Spanish as well as English. In The Brass Verdict, Haller is revealed to have visitation of his daughter on Wednesday nights and alternate weekends. By the events of The Fifth Witness, however, Haller says that is only the "official arrangement" and he sees his daughter far more frequently.
During the series Haller has used two private investigators for his trials. The first, Raul "Mish" Levin, was murdered during the events of The Lincoln Lawyer. Haller had nicknamed him "Mish" after learning of his "mish-mash" of Mexican-Jewish ancestry. His second investigator, Wojciechowski, was formerly a member of the motorcycle gang The Road Saints, whom Haller frequently represented. The gang had nicknamed him after the Cisco Kid, an outlaw-adventurer Wild West character created by O. Henry in 1907. Cisco was introduced in The Brass Verdict.
Haller was nicknamed "the Lincoln Lawyer" because of his preference for working out of his Lincoln Town Car instead of an office. However, during The Fifth Witness, Haller temporarily rents an office on a one-year lease. With the influx in foreclosure clients at that time, Haller hired an associate, Jennifer "Bullocks" Aronson, a new graduate of Southwestern Law School. This is located in the former department store Bullocks Wilshire.
In Nine Dragons, Haller makes a short cameo as Harry Bosch's lawyer. He later suggests that their daughters (Mickey's Hayley and Harry's Maddie) should get together. They later meet during the events of The Reversal. The book also refers to the movie adaptation of The Lincoln Lawyer starring Matthew McConaughey.
Haller has moral qualms about representing the guilty, and his concerns are a constant theme in the series. Twice he attempted to move to the prosecution side. In The Reversal, Haller is appointed as a special prosecutor to overturn the exoneration of Jason Jessup, a convicted child-murderer who was freed after DNA evidence cleared him of wrongdoing. Haller teams up with McPherson and Bosch to retry Jessup. At the end of The Fifth Witness, Haller files to run for Los Angeles County district attorney, with McPherson's support. At the beginning of The Gods of Guilt, however, it is revealed that his campaign turned into disaster when the client whom he got acquitted for drunk driving, gets drunk, drives, and kills a mother and her daughter. The girl was a classmate of Haller's daughter and she blames her father for the death, refusing to talk to him for most of the book.
Mickey Haller series Edit
|#||Novel||Role||Partner and associates||Client|
|1||The Lincoln Lawyer (2005)||Defense Attorney||Lorna Taylor (secretary), Raul Levin (private investigator)||Louis Roulet; accused rapist and attempted murderer|
|2||The Brass Verdict (2008)||Defense Attorney||Harry Bosch (police investigation), Lorna Taylor (secretary), Dennis "Cisco" Wojciechowski (private investigator)||Walter Elliot; accused murderer|
|3||The Reversal (2010)||Prosecutor||Maggie McPherson (second chair), Harry Bosch (lead investigator)||—|
|4||The Fifth Witness (2011)||Defense Attorney||Jennifer "Bullocks" Aronson (second chair), Lorna Taylor (practice manager), Dennis "Cisco" Wojciechowski (private investigator)||Lisa Trammel; accused murderer|
|5||The Gods of Guilt (2013)||Defense Attorney||Jennifer "Bullocks" Aronson (second chair), Lorna Taylor (practice manager), Dennis "Cisco" Wojciechowski (private investigator), David "Legal" Siegel (mentor)||Andre LaCosse; accused murderer|
|6||The Law of Innocence (2020)||Defense Attorney, Pro Se||Jennifer "Bullocks" Aronson (second chair), Lorna Taylor (practice manager), Dennis "Cisco" Wojciechowski (private investigator), Maggie McPherson (second chair), Harry Bosch (investigator)||Mickey Haller; accused murderer|
|7||Resurrection Walk (2023)||Defense Attorney||Harry Bosch (investigator)|
Harry Bosch series Edit
- 14. 9 Dragons (2009)
- 18. The Crossing (2015)
- 19. The Wrong Side of Goodbye (2016)
- 20. Two Kinds of Truth (2017)
- 22. The Night Fire (2019)
Short stories Edit
- "The Perfect Triangle", in The Dark End of the Street (2010)
- "Burnt Matches", in "The Highway Kind: Tales of Fast Cars, Desperate Drives and Dark Roads" (Oct 2016)
Film and television Edit
|Film||Haller||Role||Partner and associates||Client|
|The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)||Matthew McConaughey||Defense Attorney||Lorna Taylor (secretary)
Frank Levin (private investigator)
Earl Briggs (chauffeur)
Val Valenzuela (bail bondsman)
|Louis Roulet, accused rapist and murderer|
Gloria Dayton, prostitute, drug addict
Eddie Vogel, biker gang leader
Harold "Hard Case" Casey, biker gang member, drug grower (currently incarcerated)
Jesus Martinez, accused rapist and murderer (currently incarcerated)
|The Lincoln Lawyer (2022 – present)||Manuel Garcia-Rulfo||Defense Attorney||Lorna Crane (secretary)
Dennis "Cisco" Wojciechowski (private investigator)
Izzy Letts (driver)
|Trevor Elliot; accused murderer|
Izzy Letts, grand theft
Terrell Coleman, assault on a police officer
Kymberly Wagstaff, public nudity
Eli Wyms, attempted murder of police officers (currently incarcerated)
Sam Scales, internet fraud
Teddy Vogel, biker gang leader
Harold "Hard Case" Casey, biker gang member, meth cook, parole violation (currently incarcerated)
Jesus Menendez, accused rapist and murderer (currently incarcerated)
Lisa Trammell, accused murderer
Russell Lawson, burglary and indecent exposure
Gloria Dayton, prostitution and drug possession
Angelica Coleman, vandalism
Julian La Cosse, accused murderer
Box office performance Edit
|Film||Release date||Box office revenue||Budget||Reference|
|Worldwide||United States||North America||Other Territories||Worldwide|
|The Lincoln Lawyer||March 18, 2011||$58,009,200||$17,000,000||$75,009,200||$40,000,000|||
- Official announcement of The Lincoln Lawyer movie adaptation on Connelly's website Archived September 15, 2010, at the Wayback Machine[dead link]
- "Netflix Orders 'The Lincoln Lawyer' Drama Series From David E. Kelley; Manuel Garcia-Rulfo To Star – Deadline". Nellie Andreeva. 11 January 2021.
- "The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2022-05-16.