Esquires, from Life in the USA: The Complete Guide for Immigrants and Americans

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Lawyers and Litigation

Lawyers often use the title “Esquire,” or “Esq.” after their names. Lawyers are called “Mister or Ms. So and So,” never “Doctor So and So”, as in some other countries.

The terms “counsel,” “member of the bar” and “attorney” all indicate a lawyer.

A number of less flattering terms for lawyers are also widespread. “Shyster” is the worst, meaning, according to one dictionary definition, in some cases, a dishonest or tricky lawyer and, in other cases, all lawyers. The term “Philadelphia Lawyer” indicates a deviously clever attorney who can twist anything to his client's favor. The ironic phrase, “I'm just a simple country lawyer” can strike fear in the hearts of rational men and women.

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