John Amabile - American football - died in 2012.
Eric Harris - American football - died on 2012-02-19.
Alex Webster - American football - died on 2012-03-03.
Don Joyce - American football - died on 2012-02-26.
borussia dortmund (2011-2012)
Yaya Toure at Manchester City. Thought to be in the region of £250,000 a week, though that is likely to be exaggerated a bit.
There is no direct information on which American lawyer posted the highest earnings in 2012. However, as a rule, those in Mississippi are the most highly paid.