lawyer

A lawyer is a professional who is qualified to offer advice about the law or represent someone in legal matters. A lawyer can also be called an attorney, a solicitor, a counselor, a barrister, or — pejoratively — an ambulance chaser.

A lawyer can handle all sorts of legal matters from drafting wills to patent claims to defending people against criminal charges. Qualified lawyers have to attend law school and pass a bar exam in order to practice law. Lawyer, of course, means one who practices the law. "Law" itself comes from the Old Norse root word lag, which means something laid down or fixed.

DEFINITIONS OF: lawyer

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n a professional person authorized to practice law; conducts lawsuits or gives legal advice

Synonyms:
attorney
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Abul-Walid Mohammed ibn-Ahmad Ibn-Mohammed ibn-Roshd
Arabian philosopher born in Spain; wrote detailed commentaries on Aristotle that were admired by the Schoolmen (1126-1198)
Boy Orator of the Platte
United States lawyer and politician who advocated free silver and prosecuted John Scopes (1925) for teaching evolution in a Tennessee high school (1860-1925)
Clarence Seward Darrow
United States lawyer famous for his defense of lost causes (1857-1938)
Arthur Garfield Hays
United States lawyer involved in several famous court trials (1881-1954)
William Harrison Hays
United States lawyer and politician who formulated a production code that prescribed the moral content of United States films from 1930 to 1966 (1879-1954)
John Edgar Hoover
United States lawyer who was director of the FBI for 48 years (1895-1972)
Francis Scott Key
United States lawyer and poet who wrote a poem after witnessing the British attack on Baltimore during the War of 1812; the poem was later set to music and entitled `The Star-Spangled Banner' (1779-1843)
President Abraham Lincoln
16th President of the United States; saved the Union during the American Civil War and emancipated the slaves; was assassinated by Booth (1809-1865)
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advocate, counsel, counsellor, counselor, counselor-at-law, pleader
a lawyer who pleads cases in court
ambulance chaser
an unethical lawyer who incites accident victims to sue
barrister
a British or Canadian lawyer who speaks in the higher courts of law on behalf of either the defense or prosecution
conveyancer
a lawyer who specializes in the business of conveying properties
defense attorney, defense lawyer
the lawyer representing the defendant
divorce lawyer
a lawyer specializing in actions for divorce or annulment
prosecuting attorney, prosecuting officer, prosecutor, public prosecutor
a government official who conducts criminal prosecutions on behalf of the state
public defender
a lawyer who represents indigent defendants at public expense
referee
an attorney appointed by a court to investigate and report on a case
solicitor
a British lawyer who gives legal advice and prepares legal documents
trial attorney, trial lawyer
a lawyer who specializes in defending clients before a court of law
DA, district attorney
an official prosecutor for a judicial district
Counsel to the Crown
a barrister selected to serve as counsel to the British ruler
law agent
a solicitor in Scotland
sergeant, sergeant-at-law, serjeant, serjeant-at-law
an English barrister of the highest rank
state attorney, state's attorney
a prosecuting attorney for a state
Type of:
professional, professional person
a person engaged in one of the learned professions
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