litigator

noun
lit·​i·​ga·​tor | \ ˈli-tə-ˌgā-tər How to pronounce litigator (audio) \
plural litigators

Definition of litigator

: one who carries on a legal contest by judicial process : one who litigates legal cases As a civil-rights litigator, Payton had argued a Richmond, Va., case before the Supreme Court …— William Greider For thirty years he had been a ruthless litigator, the meanest, nastiest, and without a doubt one of the most effective courtroom brawlers in Chicago.— John Grisham In the 1950's and 60's, he became known as the consummate litigator. Lawyers and judges describe him in the courtroom as wily, charming, eloquent and erudite, with a light but deft touch at cross-examination.— Jan Hoffman

First Known Use of litigator

1778, in the meaning defined above

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“Litigator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/litigator. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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litigator

noun
lit·​i·​ga·​tor | \ ˈli-tə-ˌgā-tər How to pronounce litigator (audio) \

Legal Definition of litigator

: one that litigates especially : a lawyer skilled at litigation

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