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 One request for a stay focuses on allegations that prosecutors at his 2001 trial failed to disclose evidence and presented false testimony and that his trial lawyers failed to present evidence about Speer's troubled childhood. CBS News, 26 Oct. 2023 Girardi’s competency hearing got underway Wednesday with the once-renowned trial lawyer shuffling into a courtroom wearing a bewildered look and what appeared to be bedroom slippers on his feet. Elvia Limón, Los Angeles Times, 24 Aug. 2023 Soto has brought Koskoff, who is 57, the kind of national recognition that his father and grandfather, both prominent trial lawyers, enjoyed. Michael Steinberger, New York Times, 29 Sep. 2023 An esteemed trial lawyer, whose 50-year career has been marked by impressive legal victories, is not content to simply succeed financially. Jon Stojan, USA TODAY, 30 May 2023 Scott McAfee is also an award-winning trial lawyer, a veteran musician and an athlete who has volunteered as a scuba diver with the Georgia Aquarium. Bill Rankin, ajc, 17 Aug. 2023 Paxton’s lead attorney, Tony Buzbee, was a trial lawyer who, in 2017, got in trouble with his H.O.A. for parking a tank in front of his Houston home. Rachel Monroe, The New Yorker, 17 Sep. 2023 In an American court, trial lawyers can strike or accept jurors from a pool of the defendant’s peers. Gromer Jeffers Jr., Dallas News, 8 Sep. 2023 The group said Johnson's trial lawyers failed to interview a key witness who saw a White man fleeing the home of Thompson, who was Black. CBS News, 7 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1914, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of trial lawyer was circa 1914

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“Trial lawyer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

Legal Definition

trial lawyer

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

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