trial lawyer


Definition of trial lawyer

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

Examples of trial lawyer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Last summer, months after the pandemic’s onset, Shawn Sukumar, 37, a trial lawyer in Washington, D.C., had his court hearings moved to video call. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Why Some Men Are Still Wearing Suits to Work From Home," 21 Jan. 2021 The Watergate scandal and Nixon impeachment as told by Jill Wine-Banks, a trial lawyer on the special prosecutor's Watergate task force. Sydney Walton, CNN, "If you're trying to make sense of the Capitol riot, read these books," 16 Jan. 2021 Austin began his career as a civil rights trial lawyer with the Justice Department. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "Facebook appoints civil rights vice president amid pressure over racial hatred, violence on Facebook, Instagram," 11 Jan. 2021 Lanier Law Firm founder Mark Lanier is a trial lawyer who has secured multibillion-dollar verdicts against pharmaceutical companies and has successfully battled oil companies and other big corporations, according to his firm. John D. Mckinnon, WSJ, "Texas Hires Lawyers to Handle Antitrust Case Against Google," 16 Dec. 2020 At another photo shoot outside of an apartment in Bayside, Queens, sat Dana Friedman, 61, a trial lawyer and Santa personality who lives in the neighborhood, with Wesley Chang, 18 months. New York Times, "How Santa Plans to Keep Everyone Safe This Year," 4 Dec. 2020 Long’s trial lawyer was a Riverside County deputy public defender Eric Keen. Greg Moran, San Diego Union-Tribune, "State Supreme Court rules Riverside County woman got bad defense, throws out 2005 conviction," 1 Dec. 2020 Adrian Fontes, a former trial lawyer and Marine, became the first Latino elected to countywide office in Maricopa County in 2016. Miriam Jordan, New York Times, "Why Arizona’s Storied Conservative Stronghold Could Flip for Biden," 6 Nov. 2020 Justices said in the new ruling that Skakel’s trial lawyer failed to present an alibi witness. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, "Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel will not be retried in Martha Moxley murder," 30 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of trial lawyer

circa 1914, in the meaning defined above

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5 Mar 2021

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“Trial lawyer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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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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