Meet the real Saul Goodman, Esq.

(Ursula Coyote/AMC) Here’s the TV Saul Goodman. (Ursula Coyote/AMC)

Can’t get enough of Saul Goodman from “Breaking Bad?” The sleazy lawyer took a bow during last night’s series finale, though there’s talk of a Saul-focused spinoff.

Turns out, Washington has its own Saul Goodman, attorney at law, and he couldn’t be more unlike his onscreen brethren.

Let’s recap: TV Saul specializes in helping meth dealers out of scrapes. He wears flashy suits, operates out of a strip-mall office and appeals to potential clients with low-budget, late-night TV commercials.

Real Saul, on the other hand, is a partner in white-shoe firm Covington and Burling LLP, where he specializes in insurance law. He reps a slightly higher-brow crowd, including Merck and the American Chemistry Council. Conservative suits.

The TV lawyer has a degree from the University of American Samoa. The real one is a Yale-and-UVA guy.

And it turns out, Real Saul isn’t yet a fan of the show. “I have heard that ‘Breaking Bad’ is a great show, but haven’t yet watched it and really can’t comment,” he told us in an e-mail.

Still, perhaps there’s something he could learn from his downscale namesake. Here’s his firm’s sales pitch: “Covington & Burling LLP represents clients in cutting-edge technology, litigation, white collar defense, transactional, governmental affairs, international, life sciences and other matters.”

Not bad. But “Better Call Saul” is a whole lot catchier.

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.



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