Warning: Season 5 Spoilers Ahead!
Anita Gibbs has been going punch for punch with the team at Pearson, Specter, Litt for the past few weeks, and after watching her break down the normally rock-solid Donna on the stand, we have to admit it: this lady’s damn good. It even got us wondering, could Anita Gibbs be the most formidable opponent Harvey, Mike and the gang have ever faced? There’s only one way to settle this: a list.
We give you Pearson, Specter, Litt’s 10 Most Formidable Opponents, Ranked.
10. Allison Holt (Diane Neal), Season: 2
Why She Was So Formidable: A level-headed, all-business approach and shrewd tactical mind.
The Details: After briefly representing the firm during the Coastal Motors case, Allison struck while the iron was hot in the wake of Daniel Hardman’s dismissal to poach associates and clients from Jessica.
The Outcome: Jessica filed a claim of tortious interference to stop the bleeding and Harvey shored up his client base by proving he had their best interests at heart. As for Allison, well, to her it was always business, never personal.
The Verdict: Eh. Not so tough.
9. Eric Woodall (Zeljko Ivanek), Season: 3
Why He Was So Formidable: Patience, persistence, and the willingness to build a case for years in order to get his man.
The Details: Woodall charged Mike and Harold Gunderson with conspiring in the Hessington Oil settlement and tried to play them against each other in the hopes of getting one of them to turn on Harvey.
The Outcome: Harvey and Louis managed to put a stop to things before Harold could fold like a bad hand, and Harvey brought malicious prosecution charges that either got Woodall fired or caused him to leave his job, depending on who you ask. Woodall later resurfaced as Director of the S.E.C and sent Sean Cahill after the firm, but Woodall’s crusade against Harvey was cut short when it was revealed that he was in Charles Forstman’s pocket.
The Verdict: Woodall didn’t really pose a serious threat until he had someone else doing his dirty work for him. We’d take our chances against him.
8. Opponent: Travis Tanner (Eric Close), Seasons: 1-3, 5
Why He Was So Formidable: A knack for pushing buttons and thinking one step ahead, and no compunction about painting outside legal lines as a means of keeping opponents on their toes.
The Details: Tanner represented a petroleum company faced with a multi-million dollar class action suit for failing to cap one of their wells that wound up giving an entire township cancer. Tanner tried to scare the members of the class into taking a low-ball settlement by digging up dirt on them from their pasts.
The Outcome: Harvey managed to bluff Tanner into a settlement by hanging a recording of him talking witness intimidation over his head. Since then, Tanner has remained a thorn in Harvey’s side to decidedly diminishing returns, settling a case (Coastal Motors), watching as Harvey talked his client (Ava Hessington) into dropping a case outright, and even removing himself as the attorney of record in order to save a girl’s future and prove he has become a changed man.
The Verdict: Tanner seemed a worthy opponent at first, but these days he’s lost some juice on his fastball.
7. Opponent: Stephen Huntley (Max Beesley), Season: 3
Why He Was So Formidable: Charm in spades, connections in high places across the globe, and a willingness to do whatever it takes (like, you know, murder) to get the job done.
The Details: As Edward Darby’s fixer, Stephen was brought to New York to help Harvey get Ava Hessington off the hook. However, he seemingly spent more time romancing Donna than doing any legitimate fixing, bungling Harvey’s defense and placing the phone call that led Cameron Dennis straight to Colonel Mariga, the man who would become the key witness in the prosecution’s case.
The Outcome: It turned out that Stephen was the one who had been responsible for the murder of the protestors blocking the Hessington Oil pipeline. It was only when Edward Darby agreed to come forward and point the finger at his fixer that Harvey and Mike were able to bring Stephen down.
The Verdict: Though Stephen very nearly managed to get someone else to take the fall for his dirty deeds, once he was found out, it didn’t take long to bring him down.
6. Opponent: Cameron Dennis (Gary Cole), Season: 1, 3
Why He Was So Formidable: Cocky and condescending, Cameron taught Harvey everything he knows about closing. Unafraid to roll the dice when stakes are high, he’s also been known to rig those dice (i.e. burying evidence) to make sure they fall in his favor.
The Details: The first time we met Cameron, he was being investigated by the Attorney General for burying evidence, and in an advanced-level dick move he tried to cut a deal to sell out his former protégé. Luckily, Jessica didn’t stand for that crap and he eventually stepped down from his position as D.A. The next time we saw his smug face, there was a mustache attached and he had become special prosecutor in the Hessington Oil case.
The Outcome: Cameron managed to grab the upper hand in the case, but after Edward Darby stepped forward and gave Stephen up Harvey eventually appealed to Cameron’s sense of decency and got him to go after the real bad guy.
The Verdict: He legitimately had Harvey’s back against the wall for a while, but he was also being manipulated by the guy who actually did it, so…we’re calling this a wash. We need to see more before we deem him a real threat.
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