Of Counsel

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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.

Of counsel is also sometimes used in reference to an attorney who is associated with a law firm, but is neither a partner nor an associate.

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.

References in classic literature ?
I have others here who will do me honour, and above all Jove, the lord of counsel.
Honour him then yourself, Olympian lord of counsel, and grant victory to the Trojans, till the Achaeans give my son his due and load him with riches in requital.
Rather, the transformations that expanded the duties of counsel were of an ad hoc, piecemeal, and practical nature.
The warnings are designed in part to safeguard the right against compelled self-incrimination by ensuring custodial subjects that, if they choose to waive the right to silence, they will not have to face the government alone; they may have the assistance of counsel during interrogation.
With respect to the role of Counsel, the decision paper states: "Due to the complexity of the issues arising in CEP cases and the need for prompt legal and technical assistance, Counsel will provide that assistance from the start of each CEP Examination.
2] The list includes, among other protections, the right to the assistance of counsel.
These protections are not crime specific(19) because the invocation implies that suspects are not willing to deal with law enforcement on any criminal matter without the benefit of counsel for as long as they remain in custody.
The practical result of Miranda and its progeny is that a custodial suspect's invocation of the right to counsel effectively precludes any further government-initiated attempts at interrogation outside the presence of counsel.