attorney at law

attorney at law
attorney at law

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attorney at law,
= lawyer. (
Usage Attorney at law is the term generally used in the United States by lawyers to indicate their professional status, serving as a title after a lawyer's name in writing: »

John Smith, Attorney at Law.

It has less use in Great Britain, where the more specific terms barrister and solicitor (the former designating a lawyer who pleads cases in court, the latter designating one who prepares cases but may plead them only in certain courts) are generally preferred in titles.

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noun, pl attorneys at law [count]
chiefly US formal :lawyer
— used chiefly as a title

John Smith, Attorney at Law

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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