April 2, 2012 4:53 PM

The Careerist: Do Litigators Have More Erotic Capital?

Posted by Vivia Chen

Are litigators hotter than other lawyers? I know that seems like a set up for a bad joke, but indulge me for now.

Let’s compare the rock stars of legaldom. On the litigation side, David Boies and Ted Olson spring to mind. For corporate lawyers, I’d go with Marty Lipton and H. Rodgin Cohen. (Pity that female lawyers don’t come to mind—but that’s a post for another day.)

Of these two groups, which one would you vote for? According to Catherine Hakim, a research fellow at the Centre for Policy Studies and a former faculty member at the London School of Economics, there’s no doubt that the litigators would win hands-down.

The author of Erotic Capital, a book that explores “the power of attraction in the boardroom and the bedroom,” Hakim chatted with me recently about how sex appeal can be deployed in a lawyer’s career.

You write that  lawyers with above-average looks earned 10–12 percent more than those with below-average looks. How did you come up with that?

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