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Real Name: Leonard "Len" Denton Age: 40 Birthday: October 15, 1972 Hair Color: Black Eye Color: Brown Height: 6' 10" Weight: 240lbs
Playby Name: Cowboy Troy
Appearance: Len Denton is a towering figure of six-foot ten-inches tall and looks to be very good shape. He has some lean muscle on him as he tends to spend plenty of time in the gym. He always seems to be in a good mood and you can typically find him with a wide smile on his face and is very good natured. His brown eyes always seem to look for the amusement in every situation, and his head has been balding for years so the layer of hair you might see there is very minimal. If you find Len in the courtroom, he'll be wearing a very expensive tailored suit, black in color and a white button up shirt, and typically he has a very awkwardly goofy tie on. Besides the tie, the other out of place item you might see is a pair of black cowboy boots. If he's not in the courtroom, he will wear a plaid button up shirt, jeans with a bright shiny belt buckle on the belt and cowboy boots. He never goes anywhere without his lucky white cowboy hat that he wears everywhere except inside the courtroom where it sits on his table while defending his client to the best of his ability.
Personality: Len Denton was born and raised in Texas and his mama raised him right. He always fights for the underdog, working to the best of his ability to make sure his clients always get the best defense. He spent several years in law school, earning his degree and passing the bar. He has a very strong work ethic though one might not be aware of it considering how much of a character he can be. He likes to jab and joke at other’s expense sometimes, just to draw attention away from things he might not care to have addressed. He is very picky about the cases he takes on, and only when he gets a good vibe from his client, does he accept them. When he does, he is as loyal as an old dog, sticking to his guns and getting n the best defense possible. He doesn’t get much into relationships, feeling they distract from the work he does so much to his mama’s chagrin, there doesn’t seem to be any little Lens in his future. When he’s not working, he can be found at one of many karaoke bars in town, having a few brews and up on the mic, busting out a lyric on open mic night.
Abilities: Lawyering: Len is an outstanding lawyer. While he wasn’t top of his class, he had the knack for finding creative ways to defend his clients that didn’t go unnoticed by his law professors. He did pass the bar on his first attempt, and continues his unorthodox methods of defense in Starling City.
Marksmanship: Growing up in Texas, he learned to be a crack marksman with a rifle. He doesn’t often get the chance to use it in the city, however, every once in a while, he’ll leave the city and set up a small target practice station where he keeps up with his marksmanship.
Ford 350 - his get around truck. Typically, however, he rides a cab to court.
Law degree - Allows him to practice law in Starling City.
Weaknesses: Comic: Len's typically maneuver for deflecting issues is humor. It can be taken as a fault if those he's trying to deflect, do not find what he says funny. He also tends to make jokes at someone else's expense. In that sense, he can be kind of an ass.
Lacks Respect: In that manner, he tends to make everyone the butt of his jokes and in certain instances, it can be entirely inappropriate. Of course, he would never do it while his mama was around, but it's how he has learned to cope with things.
Stubborn: Almost to a point where when he gets an idea, he will run with it no matter the consequence. He was told he would make a good journalist, due to this part of his personality. He comes up with idea and even if it means bending a few laws to get the answers, he's for it. He will do whatever it takes to win a case for a defendant he thinks is innocent.
Shellfish Allergy: So, perhaps he gets into it with someone with a lot of money and incredible pull. It would be not hard to find out that he has an allergy that can easily be exploited. It would definitely put him out of the picture for a while, if it doesn’t kill him.
History: Len Denton was born in a small town in Texas and grew up with great family values and a mother who commanded respect. His father was a truck driver, so rarely made appearances at home, so mom ran the household and what she said, went. No exceptions. If you screwed up, it was her wrath upon you, typically in the form of a wooden spoon across your ass. He went to grade school and that’s where he learned about technicalities. If it looked like he would get into trouble, but there was an out, he argued it until the teachers would just give in and he got out of many detentions that way. It wasn’t that he was trying to intentionally do wrong, but It’s where he began to believe in ‘the system’ and how it worked. That it was not meant for those in power, but for those without power. By the time he was in Junior High school, he had already determined he wanted to be a lawyer.
With this increased determination, his grades improved and he quickly moved towards the top of his class and by the time he graduated, he was Valedictorian of his class. Scholarships came to him from all over and during his senior year, he researched and called numerous colleges. He didn’t want the easiest college, he wanted a good law school and he wasn’t going to settle for second best. He applied and was accepted to one of the top three schools in the country.
Law school was not surprisingly tougher than anything he’d done before, but he buckled down and did his best. While he wasn’t the top in his class, or really anywhere near it, he was far and above the most creative. During mock trials, he would pull stunts and technicalities and won most of his mock trial cases. His professors while shaking their head at his antics, all agreed he was going to be a tough lawyer to beat. After graduating from school, he did some residency work before taking the bar, which he passed on his first go around. It was one of his most crowning achievements.
However, the area he lived in was not the most prosperous for a struggling lawyer trying to strike out on his own. He knew he was too combative for a big time firm, so his only choice at this point in time was to create his own firm. A firm of one. He also knew that he was not going to financially survive where he was. That was when he decided to move to Starling City. He found a low rent space that is typically used for storage and set up shop there. His business cards found themselves stuck to walls and pay phone and telephone poles all around town. After a few weeks of nothing, his phone rang and he had his first case.
This is the case that put him on the map, as it was a young lass accused of murder. It was high profile and when the verdict came in as not-guilty, Len’s phone started ringing more and more. He continues to fight for those who need him, and those who may not be innocent are asked to find representation elsewhere.
Sample Post: He sat in his office and it was the day after his very first client was found not guilty by the jury. He was ecstatic at the outcome and he had been fielding phone calls all morning. He finally took the phone off the hook so that he could have a moment to himself.
In all fairness, that girl was dead to rights, but there was something that told Len Denton that she was not guilty. It wasn’t her tears, or her pleas of innocence that convinced him although there were plenty of that. It wasn’t her batting eyelashes or her soft demure presence either. There was just something that rang inside of him when she spoke that told him she was not guilty of the crime in which she was charged.
The prosecutor said she murdered her boyfriend in cold blood. Don’t ask Len how that could be when everyone knows that blood is warm, so the best shot would be murdered in warm blood, but again, just a technicality. It was funny to hear Len nail that prosecutor on that little point just because it was so absurd. Who would ever think of calling out a prosecutor for saying that someone was killed in cold blood. Hell, Len even put on a medical expert to bat the claim down.
Len rose from his chair and walked over to grab a beer from his small fridge and he twisted the cap off and takes a long pull from the drink. The case itself, despite Len’s theatrics, really boiled down to the fact that the District Attorney’s office had very little evidence tying his client to the crime. It was 100% circumstantial and that’s how Len played it and in turn played them all for fools in the eyes of the jury.
As Len finished his beer, he tosses the container into the trash can and walks over and pulls his cowboy hat from the hook and secures it on his head. It has been an amazing day and perhaps tomorrow will be even better than that.
Only time will tell. For now, he’s got a karaoke bar to visit where he can attempt to croon out an old school George Jones classic.