This will be a short post. I came across a very worthwhile article written by Gerry Spence, a famous lawyer who represented Karen Silkwood, Imelda Marcos, and the Ruby Ridge boys, among others.
The article is an argument in defense of trial lawyers who represent plaintiffs and criminal defendants; that the public ire toward them is wholly misplaced, and the media blitz against them is wrong. He makes the argument much better than I, so I simply urge you to read it and come to your own conclusions. It's relatively long (42 pages), but well worth the read.