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|First appearance||Iron Fist #6 (August 1976)|
|Created by||Chris Claremont|
|Alter ego||Jeryn Hogarth|
|Team affiliations||Heroes for Hire|
Hogarth Chao & Benowitz
Jeryn Hogarth & Associates
Jeryn Hogarth is a fictional supporting character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He is a friend of Iron Fist's father Wendell and an attorney for the Heroes for Hire, a team of heroes of which Iron Fist is a member.
Carrie-Anne Moss plays a female version of the character in several TV series of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, first appearing in Jessica Jones and making appearances in Daredevil, Iron Fist, and The Defenders.
Fictional character biography
After Wendell Rand's death, Hogarth became the executor of his estate. He kept Wendell's son Iron Fist under surveillance after his return to the states, hiring Misty Knight and Colleen Wing to contact him and verify that he was truly his friend's son.[volume & issue needed]
Initially, Heroes for Hire, Inc. was a small business licensed by the state of New York that offered a full line of professional investigation and protection services. Heroes for Hire was owned by Luke Cage and Daniel Rand. It had offices on Park Avenue and two paid employees: Jenny Royce, the group's secretary and Jeryn Hogarth, the group's lawyer and business representative. Heroes for Hire would not accept jobs that involved extralegal activities.[volume & issue needed]
Jeryn asked Luke Cage and Iron Fist to escort his daughter Millie Hogarth to a debutante's ball to impress his ex-wife. Nightshade, Stiletto, Discus, Man Mountain Marko, and the Eel came to kidnap her.[volume & issue needed]
During the 2006 - 2007 "Civil War" storyline, Hogarth opposes the Superhuman Registration Act. Jeryn stops Iron Man from arresting Iron Fist (who was posing as Daredevil at the time), stating that he is already a registered weapon in the US.[volume & issue needed]
In other media
- Jeri Hogarth, a gender-swapped version of the character, appears in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Netflix series, portrayed by Carrie-Anne Moss. She is the first openly lesbian character of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Hogarth is a senior partner at the Manhattan law firm of Hogarth Chao & Benowitz. Before this, she interned in the legal department at Rand Enterprises.
- Jeri is a series regular in season 1 of Jessica Jones, where she is a recurring client of Jessica Jones. Her relationship with Jessica leads Jeri to become involved with Kilgrave when Jessica presses her into defending Hope Schlottman, a college student that Kilgrave ordered to kill her parents. At the time for these events Jeri is going through a bitter divorce with her wife, local doctor Wendy, while having an affair with her own secretary Pam. Jeri hires Jessica to dig up dirt on Wendy who in turn is trying to blackmail Jeri with evidence of past ethical violations. When Jessica fails to deliver in a timely fashion due to preoccupation with hunting Kilgrave, Jeri tries to have Kilgrave coerce Wendy into signing the divorce papers. Instead, Kilgrave double-crosses Jeri and orders Wendy to give Jeri a literal death by a thousand cuts. Pam intervenes, accidentally killing Wendy and proceeds to break up with Jeri on account of her use of Kilgrave. After Jessica kills Kilgrave, Jeri represents her while she's being questioned by the police, convincing them to let her go.
- Early in season 2 of Daredevil, it is mentioned that Jeri hired Foggy Nelson's girlfriend Marci Stahl after Landman & Zack's managing partners were arrested for aiding and abetting Wilson Fisk. In the season 2 finale "A Cold Day In Hell's Kitchen," Jeri approaches Foggy and offers him a job at Hogarth Chao & Benowitz, having been very impressed by Foggy's defense of Frank Castle. Matt Murdock persuades Foggy to take Hogarth's offer as a way to move on.
- Jeri is a recurring character in Iron Fist. It is revealed that before starting Hogarth Chao & Benowitz, she interned in the legal department at Rand Enterprises, where she held a distrust for Harold Meachum. Danny nicknamed her "J-Money", and also recounts that she once bribed him $5 to keep quiet after he overheard her throwing a profane rant at his father's secretary. After Harold killed Danny's parents in a staged plane crash, Jeri took care of the Rand family's graves and cared for their estate. Soon after his return to New York City, Danny seeks out Jeri. She offers to help him prove his identity and takes his case pro bono out of respect for his father - on the condition he put her law firm on permanent retainer with Rand Enterprises if they succeed in arbitration with Ward and Joy Meachum. Jeri attends a press conference staged by Ward (on Harold's advice) to announce Danny's return to the public. She later arranges for paperwork to be sent to Danny for him to sign. After Harold frames Danny for the Hand's drug smuggling, Ward reaches out to Jeri to help clear Danny's name. She is surprised to see Harold alive, and spinning a false story about gene therapy and cryogenics. Claire Temple is later sent by Danny and Colleen to summon Jeri to a rendezvous with Danny and Collen, where she informs them about the charges against them and suggests that they prove their innocence. Following Harold's death, Jeri is present with Danny and Ward when they have Harold's body cremated so that he can't be brought back to life.
- Hogarth makes a single appearance in The Defenders. In the episode "Mean Right Hook" Jeri tracks down Jessica and urges her to exercise caution after Jessica's investigation into John Raymond uncovers a stockpiled cache of explosives, causing increased police attention. Still not trusting Jessica, Jeri tasks Foggy with keeping an eye on Jessica, unaware that Foggy then proceeds to pass this task off to Matt.
- In season 2 of Jessica Jones, Jeri learns that she has become diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and has up to eight years to live. Her partners, Linda Chao and Steven Benowitz, try to invoke a medical clause in her contract to force her out of the firm. In the midst of dealing with conflict between Jessica and rival private investigator Pryce Cheng, Jeri hires Jessica to find dirt on Chao and Benowitz. Due to Jessica being busy investigating IGH with Trish, Malcolm is the one tasked with handling Jeri's case. Jeri later puts up Inez Green, a homeless IGH nurse found by Jessica and Trish, and protects her. However, Inez is a con artist, and swindles Jeri into getting her boyfriend Shane out of jail claiming that he was an IGH patient who could heal people by touch. Enraged by the deception, Jeri acquires a gun from Turk Barrett and manipulates Inez into murdering Shane. With nothing to lose, Jeri is able to blackmail Chao and Benowitz into giving her a larger buyout by playing them a hidden camera recording of a lunch meeting Malcolm had with Chao in which Chao admits to laundering drug money into offshore bank accounts. With that, Jeri leaves HC&B and opens her own firm under the name Jeryn Hogarth & Associates, bringing Foggy and Marci along with her, with Malcolm and Cheng as her fulltime investigators.
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