Avg. Base Salary (USD)
The average salary for a Trial Lawyer is $99,287
What is the Pay by Experience Level for Trial Lawyers?
An early career Trial Lawyer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $80,000 based on 24 salaries. A mid-career Trial Lawyer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $92,826 based on 22 salaries. An experienced Trial Lawyer with …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.