Morgan’s free man

Coming to a Ritzy near you soon: Morgan Lewis & Bockius, the Movie. Yes, it’s true: lawyers from one of the US’s finest firms will soon be played by actors up on the silver screen.

Boardroom rows, late-night drafting and photocopying galore, all featuring Morgan Lewis lawyers, will soon compete for punters’ attention with the latest Die Hard, Rambo and Indiana Jones instalments.

Tulkinghorn kids you not. The film will tell the story of two Morgan Lewis lawyers, J Gordon Cooney Jr and Michael L Banks, who waged a 15-year battle representing longtime death row inmate John Thompson on a pro bono basis.

The pair eventually overturned his conviction for the 1984 murder of a New Orleans businessman and successfully cleared him of all charges, although not until after nine stays of execution.

Now the story of the epic battle, which is thought to have racked up more than £1m in unpaid legal work and involved up to 90 lawyers and staff, is to be filmed. And the actors in the lead roles? Oscar-winning Boston boys Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. Who apparently look exactly like Cooney and Banks. Honest.