Fali Sam Nariman – The Living Prodigy of Law


Fali Sam Nariman

Quick Facts

  • Name: Fali Sam Nariman
  • Famous As: Indian Jurist and Senior Advocate
  • Nationality: Indian
  • Birth Date: 10 January 1929 (Myanmar)
  • Married To: Bapsi Nariman
  • Awards: Padma Bhushan (1991), Padma Vibhushan (2007)


There are some great minds, which leave their mark behind. Fali Sam Nariman continues to be a much-loved personality. Fali Sam Nariman is a jurist, a true living prodigy of law.

The jurist is internationally recognized and continues to be a living legend. The renowned Fali Sam Nariman has been honoured with Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan, and Gruber Prize for Justice.

He is best-known for his sense of humour and his great contributions to Indian law system. Let us take a look at his journey! This post shall cover his early life, famous quotes by Fali Sam Nariman (which would make you burst into a laugh) and his thriving career as a jurist.

Fali Sam Nariman – Famous Indian Jurist and Senior Advocate

Early Life

Fali Sam Nariman was born in the year 1929 on 10th January. He was born in Rangoon to Banoo and Sam Bariyamji. Yes, Fali Sam was raised in a typical Sindhi family.

Fali went to Bishop Cotton School in Shimla. He finished his graduation from St. Xavier’s College in Mumbai (then Bombay). After finishing his graduation in History and Economics, he went to Mumbai’s Government Law College to pursue the law degree.

He was awarded the Kinlock Forbes Gold Medal and also a Roman law & Jurisprudence prize. Fali’s father wanted him to become an IAS officer but they could not afford it. Fali chose law as his career.

Fali got married in the year 1995 to Bapsi Nariman. They have a daughter and a son. The couple is happily married!

Fruitful Journey as a Jurist

Fali Sam Nariman has had a thriving career as a lawyer. He started his career at the Bombay High Court. Fali practiced law for 22 years and then it paid off! Yes, he was appointed as, ‘Senior Advocate’ by the Supreme Court of India. This was in the year 1971.

Fali received the Padma Vibhushan and Padma Bhushan Award in 2007 and 1991 respectively. He had the opportunity to work with great personalities!

In the year 1999, he was appointed in the Rajya Sabha by the President of India.

According to worldblaze.in, Fali was in the list of Top 10 Highest Hearing Fees Paid Lawyers in India 2017.

The distinguished lawyer had sound knowledge about the constitution of India. He is a busy man and does not work on every case! Fali takes very few cases and charges a high fee for hearing. Do you know that he charges 25 lakhs per day? For one appearance, the well-known jurist charges 8-10 lakhs.

Fali Sam Nariman receiving Padma Vibhushan Award from the 11th President of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in 2007

Famous Quotes by Fali Sam Nariman

“Our sense of humour has become zero today. Let alone be our sense of fun. Nobody appreciates anything.”

  • In an article in Indian Express, Fali did point out that Atal Bihari Vajpayee had a great sense of humour. He also pointed out that some things are said in fun but people ascribe different meaning to it. He believes that people have lost their sense of humour because nobody takes jokes in a positive manner in today’s world.

“I am in a reasonably happy state because I do not have a Twitter account.”

  • Fali Sam Nariman does not believe in publicizing everything on Social Media. While there are other politicians and lawyers on Twitter, he feels that he is leading a peaceful life without a Twitter account.

“Violate the human rights of others is impractical and fraught with grave consequences as it puts an almost impossible burden on the lawyer of pre-judging guilt and it precludes the person charged with infringing the human rights of another the right to be defended by a lawyer of his choice – in my country. It is a guaranteed constitutional right.”

“Don’t despair. Governments are the same in every country.”

“Enjoyment in the office of MP is one of the great perks of being a member. And to enjoy yourself and the experience of being a Member you have to have a sense of humour and occasionally a sense of fun.”

Fali is known for having a positive attitude, a witty mind, and a big smile on his face. He is a pleasing personality, who never fails to catch the attention of people.

“A case I won – but I would prefer to have lost. Criticizing his own win, Nariman said I do not see what is so special about the first five judges of the Supreme Court. They are only the first five in seniority of appointment – not necessarily in superiority of wisdom or competence….

We need more personalities like Fali Sam Nariman! He is one of the top lawyers in the country and charges a fortune for his appearances and cases. It is surely his positive attitude towards life that is still fit and fabulous!

We bow our heads in front of the living legend of law!


Written By: Anshu Choudhary


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