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An attorney or lawyer. The rendition of advice and guidance concerning a legal matter, contemplated form of argument, claim, or action.The terms counsel and advise are frequently employed as synonyms for the term aid and abet to describe a person who, while not actually performing a criminal act, induced its performance or contributed to it.

The term junior counsel refers to the younger member of the team of attorneys retained on the same side of a case, or the one lower in the hierarchy of the firm, or one who is assigned to the preparation or trial of less significant aspects of the case.

The term of counsel refers to the description given to an attorney who is not the principal lawyer in charge of a case but who merely contributes his advice on the way it should be handled.

Where of counsel follows an attorney's name on a letterhead or office sign, this designation indicates that the person is employed by the firm primarily as a consultant on specialized matters, not as a full-time partner or associate.


1) n. a lawyer, attorney, attorney-at-law, counsellor, counsellor-at-law, solicitor, barrister, advocate or proctor (a lawyer in admiralty court), licensed to practice law. In the United States they all mean the same thing. 2) v. to give legal advice. 3) v. in some jurisdictions, to urge someone to commit a crime, which in itself is a crime. (See: attorney)


another name for a BARRISTER or ADVOCATE.

COUNSEL. Advice given to another as to what he ought to do or not to do.
     2. To counsel another to do an unlawful act, is to become accessory to it, if it be a felony, or principal, if it be treason, or a misdemeanor. By the term counsel is also understood counsellor at law. Vide To open; Opening.

COUNSEL, an officer of court. One who undertakes to conduct suits and actions in court. The same as counsellor.

COUNSEL, practice, crim. law. In the oath of the grand jurors, there is a provision requiring them to keep secret "the commonwealth's counsel, their fellows, and their own." In this sense this word is synonymous with knowledge; therefore, all the knowledge acquired by grand jurors, in consequence of their office, either from the officers of the commonwealth, from their fellow jurors, or which they have obtained in any manner, in relation to cases which come officially before them, must be kept secret. See Grand Jury.

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Walker Digital took counsel from Robinson & Cole LLP.
Heinz was advised by Centerview Partners, BofA Merrill Lynch, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, while its board took counsel from Moelis & Company and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.
The target took counsel from Lazard Ltd (NYSE:LAZ), KPMG LLP, Peel Hunt LLP and Numis.
Clearwire took counsel from Evercore Partners Inc (NYSE:EVR), Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Centerview Partners LLC, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, Richards, Layton & Finger PA and Blackstone Advisory Partners LP.Country: USASector: TelecommunicationsTarget: Clearwire CorpBuyer: Sprint Nextel CorpVendor: Bright House Networks LLC, Comcast Corp, Intel Corp, Crest Financial LtdType: Corporate acquisitionStatus: Agreed, BiddingComment: The new bid values Clearwire at USD10.7bn.
Crest took counsel from DF King & Co Inc in connection with the solicitation of proxies in opposition to the deal.Country: USASector: TelecommunicationsTarget: Clearwire CorpBuyer: Sprint Nextel CorpVendor: Crest Financial LtdType: Corporate acquisitionStatus: Agreed, BiddingComment: The new bid values Clearwire at USD10.7bn.
Perficient took counsel from Randy Grigg, managing partner of Ridgecrest Advisors LLC and registered investment banking agent of M&A Securities Group Inc.Sector: Business and Consumer Services, IT/Online ServicesTarget: Clear Task IncBuyer: Perficient IncDeal size in USD: 11.6mType: Corporate acquisitionFinancing: Cash & StockStatus: ClosedBuyer advisor: Ridgecrest Advisors LLC Comment: Deal size refers to maximum price.
The government took counsel from Fondsfinans ASA.Country: NorwaySector: Agriculture/ForestryTarget: Cermaq ASABuyer: Marine Harvest ASAVendor: Norwegian governmentType: Corporate acquisitionFinancing: Cash & StockStatus: BiddingComment: The offer for the entire target is valued at USD1.7bn, according to Reuters.
Goldman, Sachs & Co and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP served as advisors to K-Swiss, whereas E Land took counsel from Morgan Stanley & Co LLC and Linklaters LLP on the deal.Country: USASector: Consumer Products, Clothing/TextilesTarget: K-Swiss IncBuyer: E Land World Company Ltd Deal size in USD: 170mType: P2PFinancing: Cash & Debt, Existing resourcesStatus: ClosedBuyer advisor: Linklaters LLP, Morgan Stanley & Co LLC