James "Jimmy" Morgan McGill, otherwise known as Saul Goodman, is a character from the AMC crime drama show Breaking Bad, and the main protagonist in its 2015 spin-off/prequel Better Call Saul. He is a sleazy "criminal lawyer" (in his own words: "a lawyer who is a criminal") who acts as Walter White and Jesse Pinkman's consigliere and up to a certain point, the series' comic relief. He uses the name "Saul Goodman" because he thinks his clients feel more confident with a Jewish lawyer; this name is also homophonous with the expression "[it]'s all good, man".
He was portrayed by Bob Odenkirk.
Dressed in flashy suits, Saul maintains extensive connections within the criminal underworld, and serves as a go-between connecting drug distributors, evidence removers, impersonators, and other criminals-for-hire. Despite his flamboyant appearance and mannerisms — punctuated by his outrageous low-budget TV commercials — Saul is a highly competent lawyer who is able to solve problems and find loopholes in order to protect his clients. He is also not without integrity as he is shown to honor the ethical concerns of his profession, particularly the attorney–client privilege, and is reluctant to be associated with violence or murder. He has served as an adviser for Walter, Jesse, Gus, Mike, and even for Skyler, whom he also helped acquire a car wash in order to launder Walter's drug money.
Jimmy McGill is a lawyer from Ireland with a master's degree in Political Sciences from the university of American Samoa. He claims to have had multiple wives, one of whom he caught sleeping with his stepfather.
Better Call Saul
By 2002, Jimmy is an underpaid criminal lawyer working really difficult cases and defending hopeless defendants in the courts of Albuquerque, New Mexico. He has been dealing with a giant stack of bills and fees from his office in a nail salon while also having to put up with his mentally-disabled older brother Charles "Chuck" McGill, who thinks he is suffering from electromagnetic hypersensitivity, a condition in which he can't handle anything electrical. He begins to form a somewhat rocky relationship with a parking attendant named Michael "Mike" Ehrmantraut.
Saul now works at a Cinnabon shop.