Lionel Hutz is an incompetent but greedy lawyer in Springfield, desperate for cases, few of which he actually wins. He is financially unsound, extremely poor and willing to do nearly anything for cash.
Hutz is an inept ambulance chaser and, to quote Lisa, a "shyster" whom the Simpsons nonetheless repeatedly hired as their lawyer (a fact remarked on by Marge in a typically self-aware aside) most likely because they can't afford a better lawyer. At one point, he claims to have graduated from Princeton school of law, although Princeton has never had a law school. His legal practice, located in a shopping mall, was named "I Can't Believe It's a Law Firm!". He often tried to entice potential clients with free gifts, including a "smoking monkey" doll and a business card that "turns into a sponge when you put it in water" to which Homer Simpson was impressed with.
Hutz only occasionally appears in The Simpsons' lives but sometimes plays central roles in events involving them. Marge distrusts Hutz, even remarking once during a trial, "We really should stop hiring him." He was once briefly married to Marge's sister, Selma Bouvier. He once claimed to be a user of women; dating them just for money. He then demonstrated this by hitting on Edna Krabappel...
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