trial lawyer


Definition of trial lawyer 

: a lawyer who engages chiefly in the trial of cases before courts of original jurisdiction

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Assisting Judge Kavanaugh in his practice sessions for the hearing is Beth Wilkinson, a seasoned trial lawyer. Peter Nicholas, WSJ, "Ford Will Testify on Allegations Against Kavanaugh Thursday," 24 Sep. 2018 Combative and unapologetic, Pruitt spoke with the rapid-fire delivery of a trial lawyer when outlining his policy positions or addressing audiences. Washington Post,, "Pruitt steps down as EPA head after ethics, management scandals," 6 July 2018 Thorpe; Norman; Thorpe’s brilliantly eccentric trial lawyer, George Carman Q.C ( Adrian Scarborough ); and Peter Bessell ( Alex Jennings )—none is more mysterious than that last. Dorothy Rabinowitz, WSJ, "‘A Very English Scandal’ Review: Sex, Intrigue and Bunnies," 28 June 2018 The state Supreme Court ruled by a 4-3 margin in April that Skakel’s trial lawyer was so ineffective that his right to a fair trial was violated. Courant Staff Report,, "State Can Proceed In Appealing Skakel Decision To U.S. Supreme Court," 12 June 2018 Investment funds solve cash flow problems for trial lawyers, who often need lots of money upfront to pursue cases. L.m. Sixel, San Antonio Express-News, "Private equity funds deploy new investment strategy: financing lawsuits," 29 May 2018 In Wednesday’s ruling, the appeals court rejected Stallings’ argument, finding that his trial lawyer made a strategic decision to attempt to prove that another man fired at Stallings first. Travis Andersen,, "Appeals Court reinstates conviction of gang member in asthma manslaughter case," 11 July 2018 For weeks, California trial lawyer Michael Avenatti has seized a starring role in the salacious hush-money scandal unfolding around President Donald Trump. Alexandra Berzon, WSJ, "Stormy Daniels Lawyer Michael Avenatti Dogged by His Own Legal Battles," 1 June 2018 About half a dozen trial lawyers worked there in the beginning of 2012, along with a lawyer conducting protocol reviews and three others on loan from different parts of the department. Katie Benner, New York Times, "At the Justice Dept.’s Death Penalty Unit, Accusations of Favoritism, Gender Bias and Unwanted Groping," 31 Mar. 2018

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circa 1914, in the meaning defined above

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Legal Definition of trial lawyer 

: a lawyer who engages chiefly in trying especially plaintiff's cases before courts of original jurisdiction

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