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

Examples of litigator in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But that isn't true, Mitchell Epner, a longtime New York litigator who focuses on commercial and white collar issues, told USA TODAY. USA TODAY, 21 Mar. 2024 Kimberly Wehle, a professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law and a legal-affairs journalist, was commissioned by Politico Magazine to assess legal briefs that Johnson had filed as a litigator. David D. Kirkpatrick, The New Yorker, 15 Mar. 2024 Ken White, a First Amendment litigator at the law firm Brown White & Osborn, said courts can and do look at whether the functional effect of a law is to stifle speech, not just what the text of the law says. Brian Fung, CNN, 8 Mar. 2024 Under her leadership, many talented litigators have left the agency, and employee morale has fallen. The Editors, National Review, 4 Mar. 2024 Rushing was formerly the chief legal officer of SoundExchange, Inc., and before that a litigator at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP. Thania Garcia, Variety, 27 Feb. 2024 He is represented by high-profile litigators Luke Nikas and Alex Spiro of Quinn Emanuel, whose clients have included the likes of Jay-Z and Elon Musk. Rebecca Keegan, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Feb. 2024 Their host was Kannon Shanmugam, the chair of the Washington office, who is one of the nation’s leading Supreme Court litigators and also, like seemingly everyone in the conservative legal world, a friend of Isgur. Kelefa Sanneh, The New Yorker, 7 Feb. 2024 Unsealed documents also list prominent individuals who have denied allegations against them, including Prince Andrew of Great Britain and litigator, Alan Dershowitz. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 4 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1778, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of litigator was in 1778

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“Litigator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Legal Definition


lit·​i·​ga·​tor ˈli-tə-ˌgā-tər How to pronounce litigator (audio)
: one that litigates
especially : a lawyer skilled at litigation
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