All lawyers are not alike. They can work in various capacities such as legal and non-legal. Also, they specialize in private areas. Moreover, lawyers do not usually go to trial to win the case as you can watch in movies or on TV. Generally speaking, there are two areas where they usually specialize in:

1. Legal Specializations
Some lawyers specialize in a particular area, the other – in trial law (civil or criminal). They can also help clients who seek to reverse or to uphold lower court decisions, bankruptcy law, tax law, trusts and estates, corporate law, environmental law, intellectual property, communication law, elder law, employment and labor law, entertainment law, health care law, education law, international law, etc. The list of is almost endless.

2. Legal Settings
Lawyers also work in a variety of settings. Some of them are described below.
Private Practice:
The lawyers work in private practice as solo practitioners, in small or “boutique” law firms, in firms that have several hundred lawyers. As usual, they join firms as “associates” and work toward becoming “partners.” Life at a large law firm is influenced by “billable hours.”
“In-house” work means that lawyers are employed by a single client or a large corporation. Large companies usually hire one or more lawyers to go through more specific issues. For example, one supervises litigation, another addresses the company’s employment issues, a third lawyer tries to influence legislation related to the company’s business. Also, if in-house lawyers represent only one client, they are not beholden to the “billable hour.”
The federal government also hire lawyers for different tasks. There are District attorneys, State Attorney Generals, and federal prosecutors who work at the Department of Justice here in D.C. and at U.S. Attorney’s Offices throughout the country and public defenders who represent those who cannot afford an attorney. All of the government representatives also work for the Office of Homeland Security the Environmental Protection Agency, the Security Exchange Commission, the Patent and Trademark Office, the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Similarly, the United States Congress offer many opportunities for lawyers to help pass legislation.
Lawyers teach in law schools and colleges. Many of the lawyers get teaching experience first by working as a professor. At the same time they may also work elsewhere full time.

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So Who Gets the Profits From “Unfinished Business” in a Major Law Firm Bankruptcy Case?

So who is entitled to the profits for “unfinished business” in the bankruptcy of a major law firm?  That is the $64,000 question that was recently answered by a New York judge in the bankruptcy case of the firm of Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP.

The issue at stake is when partners leaving a defunct law firm bring unresolved cases with them to their new law firm, which law firm is entitled to the profits – the old defunct firm or the new one?  The trustee for former New York firm Coudert Brothers LLP had sued 10 firms that hired former Coudert partners in an effort to recover those profits. While no dollar amount was specified, as the firms did not provide documents outlining how much money they made, a federal judge in Manhattan ruled on Thursday that that the proceeds from those cases did indeed belong to Coudert Brothers.

District Judge Colleen McMahon made her decision on the following basis:

“Because the Client Matters belonged to Coudert on the Dissolution Date, and because the Coudert Partnership calls for the application of the Partnership Law to determine the post-dissolution rights of the partners, the Former Coudert Partners have a duty to account for profits they earned completing the Client Matters at the Firms,”

Judge McMahon’s decision sets a major precedent (particularly in New York) as it reaffirms a 1984 California case known as Jewel v. Boxer that had been adopted in several other states.

For additional information, please see the Wall Street Journal Law Blog article written by Jennifer Smith entitled: Profits from Unfinished Business Belong to Dissolved Law Firm, NY Judge Says