My Lawyer, Mr. Joe is based on the original webtoon “Dongnebyunhosa Jodeulho / 동네변호사 조들호” by Hatchling (해츨링) which was first published on 2013-March-03 via “comic.naver.com/webtoon“.
The story of a man, Jo Deul Ho (Park Shin Yang) who once had a bright future ahead of him as a star prosecutor, and was going to become the son-in-law to the head of a large law firm. But when he witnesses corruption in the prosecutor’s office and reports it, he loses everything. He tries to rebuild his life and turn his small and pathetic neighborhood law office into a second chance to become a lawyer who protects people and protects the law, and grows as a person in the process.
- Drama: My Lawyer, Mr. Joe (English title) / Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-Ho (literal title)
- Revised romanization: Dongnebyunhosa Jodeulho
- Hangul: 동네변호사 조들호
- Director: Lee Jung-Sub
- Writer: Haechoolring (webcomic), Lee Hyang-Hee
- Network: KBS2
- Episodes: 20
- Release Date: March 28 – May 31, 2016
Jo Deul-Ho (Park Shin-Yang) grew up in an orphanage, but is now a promising prosecutor. His wife (Park Sol-Mi) is an attorney and the daughter of a big law firm CEO (Kang Shin-Il). They have one daughter together. Jo Deul-Ho’s life is about to change drastically after he decides to prosecute powerful CEO Jung (Jung Won-Joong). Jo Deul-Ho learned that his close childhood friend from the orphanage was setup as the fall guy in a fatal arson case caused by CEO Jung’s own son. While prosecuting CEO Jung, Jo Deul-Ho is framed by those closest around him and is charged with accepting bribes from the defendant. His career is effectively over.
3 years later, Jo Deul-Ho is now homeless and lives on streets. He happens to meet Lee Eun-Zo (Kang So-Ra) who mistakes him for a pickpocket. Lee Eun-Zo is a rookie attorney and works for the law firm run by Jo Deul-Ho’s ex-father-in-law. In front of him, his close childhood friend is hit by a truck and dies. After his funeral, Jo Deul-Ho learns that the police have arrested a new suspect in the fatal arson case. Jo Deul-Ho begins his new career as a lawyer.
- My Lawyer, Mr. Joe Torrent Files takes over the KBS2 Mon & Tue 22:00 time slot previously occupied by “Babysitter” and followed by “Ms. Perfect” June 6, 2016.