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Exclusive: Ex-'Family' guy joins 'Harry's Law'

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christopher-mcdonaldImage Credit: Mitchell Haaseth/NBC; Chris Hatcher/PR PhotosDavid E. Kelley is giving Nate Corddry a sparring partner on his new NBC legal drama Harry’s Law.

Christopher McDonald (Family Law, Happy Gilmore) has landed the recurring role of Thomas “Tommy” Jefferson, a fast-talking, attention-seeking lawyer whose office is perma-lit for press conferences.

Debuting in the show’s second episode, Tommy goes head-to-head with Corddry’s Adam in an unlikely case about the legality of China’s one-child-only policy. And just like that, a rivalry is born.

Law, which is slated to premiere at midseason, stars Oscar winner Kathy Bates as Harriet Korn, a former patent attorney who forms an unconventional law firm in a run-down shoe store. The cast also boasts American Dreams‘ Brittany Snow.

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