Trial Lawyer Salary

The average pay for a Trial Lawyer is $95,831 per year.

$49,197 - $233,866
MEDIAN: $95,830

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$49,197 - $233,866  
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$50,585 - $276,512  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 101
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Job Description for Trial Lawyer

Trial lawyers handle many of the functions of an attorney, and although they do argue cases in court, this is only a small percentage of their work on a daily basis. Due to ever-rising costs and court fees, trial lawyers should expect to do the majority of their work outside of the courtroom, fill out a variety of court-related documents, spend weeks and months reviewing potential clients and witnesses to interview, and meeting with other attorneys to discuss potential settlements for cases. Trial lawyers are also responsible for selecting jurors should their case go to trial, and they must always stay up-to-date with current laws and changes to laws as they occur. Strong verbal and written communication skills are also essential in this position.


Trial Lawyer Tasks

  • Gather evidence to formulate defense or to initiate legal actions; evaluate findings and develop strategies and arguments for presentation of cases.
  • Analyze and interpret laws, rulings and regulations with probable case outcomes for individuals and businesses.
  • Represent clients in court or before government agencies, present and summarize cases to judges and juries.
  • Advise clients in business transactions, claim liablility, advisability of prosecuting or defending lawsuits or legal rights and obligations.
  • Select jurors, argue motions, meet with judges and question witnesses during the course of a trial.

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 9 votes.


29 %
71 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 29%
medical benefits
Vision: 22%
dental benefits
None: 24%