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Attorneys apply the law to specific situations and advise their clients on a course of action based on legal rights and responsibilities. Some attorneys work in the business world, providing counsel to corporate clients on business transactions. Other attorneys work with persons in the legal system, ...
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MEDIAN: $78,242
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Attorney / Lawyer - Self-Employed , salaries: $66,000 - $240,000
Attorney / Lawyer - Geico , salaries: $67,988 - $145,437
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Entry-level attorneys are normally employed in larger law firms for work that must be performed by persons with legal training. As the most inexperienced lawyers at a firm, entry-level attorneys may not be asked to present a casein a courtroom. Instead, they generally assist more senior legal personnel ...
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MEDIAN: $57,154
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The position of a criminal attorney, or lawyer for a law firm, requires a great deal of mental capability and the ability to work well with others, as these attorneys represent their clients in a court of law to present the best case possible for the client's benefit. These include court cases, pretrial ...
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Associate attorneys at law firms are responsible for completing legal tasks for their firm. They conduct research for current legal cases, attend court proceedings, and provide accurate analysis and advice on future legal actions. In addition, they complete and deliver crucial documents to courts as ...
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MEDIAN: $77,324
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Associate Attorney (Law Firm) - Vinson & Elkins L.L.P. , salaries: $290,000
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A district attorney is the lawyer who represents a given area during the prosecution of criminal offenders within that jurisdiction. The district attorney will typically supervise a staff of assistants attorneys who assist him or her in presenting and prosecuting cases, especially in larger jurisdictions. ...
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Associate attorneys are lawyers who usually have a minimal amount of experience in the field. Many are just out of law school and developing their careers. Associate attorneys typically start out under the guidance of an experienced attorney, assisting with cases and writing reports. After gaining experience, ...
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MEDIAN: $68,274
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Associate Attorney - Jackson Lewis Llp , salaries: $118,847
Associate Attorney - Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman,&Dicker Llp , salaries: $82,888
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A great deal of legal work, including both civil and criminal litigation, is done with teams of lawyers. A senior attorney is the person who helps to manage such teams. He or she is normally a partner in a firm or a high-level specialist retained by one. The senior attorney typically directs the preparations ...
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Senior Attorney - Kelly Hart & Hallman , salaries: $324,000
Senior Attorney - Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone , salaries: $121,000
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