private law


Definition of private law

: a branch of law concerned with private persons, property, and relationships — compare public law

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That's what this whole fight was about—the culmination of thirty-years war to codify private law for the few. Maya Singer, Vogue, "Who's Up For Burning It All Down?," 6 Oct. 2018 Some justices have arrived at the Supreme Court with more significant income earned during their time at private law firms, including Chief Justice John Roberts. Peter Nicholas, WSJ, "Disclosures Show Modest Finances for Supreme Court Nominee," 11 July 2018 Among them was Jason Blilie✓, who runs a private law practice out of the Lincoln Road WeWork. Rob Wile, miamiherald, "At tech conference's first day, politics took center stage. Tomorrow, the robot rules.," 23 Apr. 2018 The nominations, which must be approved by both the state House and the Senate, include Rocky Hill mayor Claudia Baio, a Democrat who ran her own private law practice for 14 years before joining a larger Hartford firm. Christopher Keating,, "Gov. Malloy Nominates 14 Attorneys To Superior Court," 13 Apr. 2018 The groom’s mother retired as an office administrator for her husband’s private law practice in Auckland, New Zealand. New York Times, "Anusha Deshpande, Jason Auerbach," 6 May 2018 Last year the city of Aurora hired a private law firm to prosecute drunken driving cases in the city. David Sharos, Aurora Beacon-News, "North Aurora to use private attorney to prosecute DUI cases," 8 May 2018 In 1845, he was named supreme judge of the Territorial Supreme Court, but resigned to enter private law practice. Special To The Oregonian,, "Biography restores Peter Burnett to front pages of West Coast history," 26 Apr. 2018 Those records, however, still excluded many underlying documents from the House investigation, which was led by a private law firm hired as special counsel. Dustin Gardiner, azcentral, "Lawmaker: Don Shooter sex-harassment files may implicate other lawmakers, should be public," 26 Mar. 2018

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1773, in the meaning defined above

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Legal Definition of private law

: a branch of law concerned with private persons, property, and relationships — compare public law

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