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an officer of the court authorized to appear before it as a representative of a party to a legal controversy.
Contemporary Examples

She served as a social worker, lecturer and educator before becoming an attorney-at-law.
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Historical Examples

We cannot for the small business transactions of life be hunting up the “attorney-at-law” or the village squire.
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Jenner Brading, attorney-at-law, lived in a cottage at the edge of the town.
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A big brass plate on the outer door displayed his name: “Mr. Dene, attorney-at-law.”
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Fyler Dibblee was an attorney-at-law and agent for settlement of the Loyalists.
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She came to the door at the end of the hall upon which was printed, “John Regis, attorney-at-law.”
The Co-Citizens Corra Harris

“attorney-at-law,” Mr. Finch added, lifting his hat politely.
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And on state occasions, we are joined by an attorney-at-law who plays the piccolo.
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He put up his sign as attorney-at-law, but he got no clients.
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Almost at the same time as I, Manuel, the attorney-at-law for the Commune, arrived.
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noun (law) (pl) attorneys-at-law
(mainly US) a lawyer qualified to represent in court a party to a legal action
(Brit, obsolete) a solicitor


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