Law Firm: Legal Definition

A law firm is a business established by one or more attorneys who practice law. Law firms can range in size from small to medium to large. The firm’s lawyers practice in various areas of civil and criminal law and provide legal services to individuals and companies.

Law Firm Organizational Structure

Law firms organize themselves as either corporations, limited liability companies, or sole proprietorships.

While one lawyer can operate a single business, two or more lawyers can form a partnership and share ownership in the business. In a partnership, partners run the business and hire associate attorneys to work as employees. Associates may have an opportunity over time to become a partner.

A law firm may also hire an “of counsel” attorney. An “of counsel” attorney is associated with a law firm but does not have an equity stake in the business as a partner and is usually not as involved in the firm’s daily operations like an associate lawyer.

In addition to partners and associates, a law firm may also have support staff to help lawyers in a variety of ways, including researching cases, using legal technology, and assisting clients.

How Lawyers Help Their Clients

A lawyer’s primary role is to represent an individual or company and help the client resolve a specific legal issue. Lawyers function in other capacities that are not always seen by the public. For instance, lawyers can operate as:

Advocates. Lawyers passionately represent—and protect— their client’s interests and work hard to ensure the best outcome for their clients.

Mediators. Lawyers may serve as a neutral third party to help two or more opposing parties reach a resolution over a disputed issue.

Negotiators. Lawyers seek to settle differences between their client and another party while ensuring the settlement is fair to both sides and in the best interests of their clients.

A Law Firm’s Practice Areas

Law firms focus on various areas of law. Some attorneys specialize in a specific practice area. In some instances, the law firm’s name reflects the area of practice. It is common to see the terms “family law,” or “bankruptcy law,” for instance, incorporated in the name of a law firm.

Other law firms do not limit their practice to one specific area of law. For example, at the Law Offices of Ogle, Elrod & Baril, PLLC, we represent personal injury victims who have suffered a personal injury because of another party’s negligence. Our areas of practice include:

  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Faulty drugs
  • Defective medical devices
  • Brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries

We also help people apply for Social Security Disability benefits and Supplemental Security Income benefits. We also assist clients in appealing a denial of these benefits.

We focus on getting all our clients the compensation they deserve.

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