Types of Law Firms in the United States, by William D King

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There are many different types of law firms. While most people think that all law firms do the same thing, this isn’t true at all. The truth is that there are many different kinds of law firms and each specializes in its own specific area. Some specialize in areas such as personal injury, family law, bankruptcy and others specialize in criminal defense cases and wills and trusts.

There are also those types of law firms that focus on a very narrow area such as immigration laws or DUI laws. According to the US Department of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov), 51% of lawyers were self-employed in 2006 compared to only 45% in 1996. Furthermore, the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that employment for lawyers will grow more slowly than the average for all occupations through the year 2016.

Firms that focus on a certain area of law: William D King

Personal injury: These kinds of firms specialize in representing people who have been injured and they help them file claims against those at fault. They deal with cases involving car accidents, truck accidents, wrongful death and medical malpractice. Additionally, these types of firms often represent clients who have been injured while using defective products such as defective drugs or faulty automotive parts such as brakes or tires. Some personal injury attorneys will charge their clients on a contingency basis which means that the client does not have to pay until they win their case then the attorney gets a percentage of that money. These types of firms also handle workers compensation cases where an employee has been hurt on the job and they file a claim against their employer.

Family law: 

Family law firms deal with divorce cases, child custody cases, and other family law-related matters. These types of firms also handle adoption cases, guardianship cases, and many others. Furthermore, these kinds of firms will represent clients who are going through juvenile court such as children who get in trouble with the law or parents who want their kids emancipated from their care. They also deal with civil cases involving issues between parents and children. 


These types of firms represent people when they go through bankruptcy proceedings either to file for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy. A Chapter 7 filing basically means that you can keep your home while surrendering most of your personal property and a Chapter 13 filing means that you can keep your home and repay the creditors over time.

Criminal defense: 

These types of firms represent clients who have been accused of committing crimes. The United States Constitution guarantees everyone charged with a crime the right to an attorney and these firms works hard to make sure those rights are upheld. These types of law firms also handle cases where someone has been wrongly convicted and they appeal their case in order to get them released from prison.

Wills & trusts:

These types of firms prepare estate plans such as wills or trusts for people. They help their clients decide how they want their assets divided, who will inherit certain items such as property, stocks, and other valuable assets as well as decide what kind of care they want for their kids if the parents become incapacitated. They also file estate tax returns and represent clients during probate proceedings. 

Knowledge of legal issues is very important in today’s society. Everyone would benefit from understanding basic legal terms, court procedures and knowing about their constitutional rights as American citizens.


1. What is a law firm?

A law firm is a business entity formed by one or more lawyers to engage in the practice of law.  Attorneys at law who own and operate their own firms often specialize in representing clients with specific needs, geographic regions, or types of cases. Law firms may also consist of non-lawyers who work with the attorneys and provide support services such as secretary/receptionist and paralegal assistance.

2. How do you become an attorney?

In order to become an attorney, you need to attend law school for three years then pass a state bar exam that has both a multiple-choice portion and essay portion. Once you pass the bar, you’re considered an attorney at law and can begin practicing.

3. What is a litigation attorney?

A litigation attorney specializes in civil cases such as personal injury, wrongful death, and family law. They often handle high-value disputes between two or more parties.

Conclusion by William D King:

This article explained what a law firm is, how you become an attorney, and the different types of attorneys. It also explained what litigation attorneys are.

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