of counsel


of counsel
adj.
Describes an attorney who assists in the preparation of a case but is not the lead attorney on it, or an attorney who is semi-retired from a firm or works at it part-time.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


of counsel
An attorney who is affiliated with a law firm, but not employed as a partner or associate. This designation often identifies a semiretired partner, an attorney who occasionally uses the office for a few clients, or one who only consults on certain matters.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


of counsel
A term commonly applied in the practice of law to an attorney who has been employed to aid in the preparation and management of a particular case but who is not the principal attorney in the action.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


of counsel
A term commonly applied in the practice of law to an attorney who has been employed to aid in the preparation and management of a particular case but who is not the principal attorney in the action.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

of counsel
adj.
   reference to an attorney who is not actively involved in the day-to-day work of a law firm, but may be available in particular matters or for consultation. This designation often identifies a semi-retired partner, an attorney who occasionally uses the office for a few clients or one who only consults on a particular case or on his/her specialty. Putting the name of the attorney "of counsel" on a law firm's stationery gives the office the prestige of the lawyer's name and reputation, without requiring his/her full-time presence.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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