What does a Trial Attorney do?

Trial attorneys represent clients or other parties in legal cases and frequently make their arguments in a courtroom setting. If they are in the prosecuting role, they typically work for a government department or entity, whereas other trial lawyers work for businesses or private firms. They oversee depositions, question witnesses, present closing arguments, and guide the overall legal strategy. They provide legal advice throughout the entire process, and may coordinate settlements or pleadings. They also manage appeal proceedings. They conduct extensive research to explore legal precedents.

Trial attorneys must possess a JD degree and be licensed to practice law in their state. They should have extensive courtroom experience and the ability to make a strong, persuasive argument. These roles require excellent research skills, and in-depth understanding of legal strategies and procedures.

Work/Life Balance
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Career Opportunity
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

Trial Attorney Salaries

Average Base Pay

£46,016 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Dr. Reddy'sDr. Reddy's
Agency Attorney I
8 Jan 2020

“Good pay but not competitive”

Dallas CountyDallas County
Assistant District Attorney
8 Aug 2019

“and great work life balance.”

Trial Attorney
29 Jun 2020

“Large workload which can feel overwhelming.”

City of HoustonCity of Houston
Senior Assistant City Attorney
10 Jun 2021

“Regular hours for working is attractive .”

Cordell & CordellCordell & Cordell
Litigation Attorney
27 Feb 2021

“Annual awards gala is nice.”

Finkelstein & Partners
Trial Attorney
15 Sep 2021

“Good work and life balance.”

British GasBritish Gas
Litigation Adviser
1 Feb 2021

“No career progress unless you want to become a team leader”

American SelectAmerican Select
Agency Attorney I
9 Jan 2020

“Nice people to work with”

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