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WWE Wrestler, Harvard Law Grad David Otunga Wins NY Pro Bono Case

By Stephanie Rabiner, Esq. on January 30, 2012 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

He may play a lawyer on TV, but the WWE's A-List is a real attorney with a real degree from Harvard Law. And he just won a case.

David Otunga took a break from his usual shenanigans last week to help a man seeking unemployment benefits from the state. The pro bono case was such a success, the wrestler told TMZ he "smoked the witness during cross examination."

There is no word on whether he was wearing a suit or his usual bowtie and vest.

Named John Laurinaitis "legal counsel" in 2011, the WWE's A-List can be seen namedropping his law school on Monday nights. As suggested by the clip below, he has also been known to advise disgruntled wrestlers of their rights:

So, how spot-on is the above advice?

This blogger admittedly has no clue what's going on in the above clip. What's so unsafe about play wrestling? And how is that creepy dude being rash?

But even without the back story, a bit of legal fact checking can still be done. Otunga drops the phrase "arbitrary and capricious," which is legal jargon for "irrational." His legal speak is definitely correct, though the phrase really has nothing to do with workplace safety.

However, he is correct in citing to the Occupational Safety and Health Act, which mandates safe working conditions. And he correctly references NLRB v. Morley Knight Corp., a case about unsafe working conditions under the Act.

Overall, his analysis isn't that bad. But one should expect more from the WWE's A-List -- he went to Harvard, after all.

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