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She-Hulk comic turns its focus to solo practice at the urging of its writer, a practicing attorney

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While most litigators have tangled with problematic opposing counsel, few have clashed with supervillains. For Jennifer Walters, both are all in a day’s work.

Walters, perhaps better known as her alter ego She-Hulk, the Marvel Comics superhero, recently took on what may be her toughest challenge yet: solo practice. Since her creation in 1980, She-Hulk has had many adventures as a superhero. But this year, She-Hulk writer Charles Soule decided to show another side of her life as a lawyer, and the storyline has been just as entertaining.

The story began after She-Hulk, who’s been featured in The Avengers and Fantastic Four, was passed over for a bonus at her New York City law firm for not bringing in business through her superhero network, despite billing 2,800 hours. Like other frustrated associates, she had enough and opted to go solo. Now she rents space in a building that caters to the superpowered. Her paralegal brings a monkey to work, and her very athletic private investigator is called Hellcat. Her new practice has a small but growing client base, which includes villains’ spouses and children.

“It was Marvel’s idea to have a lawyer write She-Hulk,” says Soule, an attorney in Brooklyn. “But focusing so specifically on a young attorney opening her own practice was my idea.”

Click here to read the rest of “Saving the World—One Lawsuit at a Time” from the July issue of the ABA Journal.

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