Brad Meltzer: Brad Meltzer's novels portray young, vulnerable lawyers caught in difficult situations, pitted against powerful but corrupt enemies. Fast pacing, provocative storylines, suspense and danger, along with sympathetic characters make Meltzer a good choice for Grisham fans. Start with The Tenth Justice.
William Bernhardt: The potential drama of the courtroom fuels the work of William Bernhardt. Bernhardt is known for his suspenseful, fast-paced legal thrillers with intricate plots and underdog protagonists. Like Grisham, he paints the often dry world of jurisprudence in bright, exciting colors. Start with Primary Justice, the first in Bernhardt's Ben Kincaid series. Ben Kincaid is a criminal defense attorney in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Steve Martini: Steve Martini's cinematic and page-turning legal thrillers may appeal to fans of John Grisham. Sympathetic protagonists people the stories - his novels often feature lawyers as underdogs, fighting for justice. Investigation plays an important role, with actual courtroom drama often taking second place. Start with Compelling Evidence, the first in Martini's Paul Madriani series. Paul Madriani is a defense attorney in California.