Avg. Base Salary (USD)
The average salary for a Trial Lawyer is $97,860
What is the Pay by Experience Level for Trial Lawyers?
An entry-level Trial Lawyer with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $70,733 based on 5 salaries. An early career Trial Lawyer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $78,611 based on 24 salaries. A mid-career Trial …Read more
What Do Trial Lawyers Do?
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. …Read more
- Advise clients in business transactions, claim liability, 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.
- 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.
- Gather evidence to formulate defense or to initiate legal actions; evaluate findings and develop strategies and arguments for presentation of cases.