J. Michael “JP” Connelly, the author of the best-selling novel The Lincoln Lawyer, created Mickey, a fictional character based on himself in the book. Mickey, a young Los Angeles-based personal injury attorney, is the younger half-brother of Connelly's popular character, Det. Harry Bosch. Although Mickey was created for the purposes of the novel, the character has become a popular one among law firms and the public.
Mickey Haller is an intelligent and determined young man with a very bright future ahead of him. A gifted athlete, he graduated from Santa Barbara High School as a football star and later earned a degree from UCLA. He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks, but was injured during his first training camp and never signed with the team. After spending three years in the NFL, Haller went to law school and earned his law degree.
The Lincoln Law firm is run by Mickey. Unlike the other members of the firm, Mickey has a very strict and rigid work ethic. Although he has an office space, he prefers to do most of his work sitting at home. His friends include both ex-girlfriends and ex-partners. One of these relationships ended in divorce court, and Mickey and his attorney were instrumental in her winning a settlement against the man she accused of assault.
When J. Michael and his wife decided to marry, they chose to have a civil ceremony in California. However, when a local judge denied their request for a civil ceremony, they turned to a religious ceremony and chose Mickey Haller. The ceremony was conducted under the banner of Mickey's religious group, the Holy Light Christian Church of the Nazarene. As a result of this ceremony, the couple was allowed to perform their own civil ceremony at their residence in Santa Barbara.
Although Mickey has a strict personality, it doesn't take a genius to figure out that he would eventually become the center of a great deal of controversy. He was the one who called in the “shotgun” on the case of Michael Jackson's father being hospitalized. The singer was reportedly furious when the incident occurred. As it turns out, Mickey's reaction was in part because of personal bitterness. He also made it clear that he felt Michael Jackson was not capable of leading a Christian life, as it was one of the things Mickey was responsible for in his upbringing.
Despite the fact that the novel revolves around Mickey . . . . . . and the book, many people have come to realize that Haller is much more than a good, old-fashioned, hard-drinking lawyer. In a way, the book and the character of Mickey were responsible for the real-life legal controversy involving celebrity custody cases.