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Private General Counsel / White Collar Attorney

Private General Counsel typically refers to legal services provided by a law firm or an attorney to a business or individual client on an ongoing basis, similar to an in-house general counsel role. This arrangement allows the client to have access to legal advice and services as needed, without the cost of hiring a full-time in-house general counsel. The private general counsel can assist with a wide range of legal matters, such as contract review, employment issues, compliance, and general business advice.

White Collar Attorney

White-collar attorneys specialize in representing individuals or businesses facing non-violent criminal charges related to financial crimes, fraud, embezzlement, insider trading, bribery, and other similar offenses. 

They often work on cases involving complex legal issues, regulatory compliance, and investigations by government agencies such as the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Department of Justice (DOJ), or the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Criminal Defense Attorney

Criminal defense attorneys, on the other hand, handle a broader range of criminal cases, including both white-collar crimes and traditional criminal offenses such as assault, theft, drug offenses, and other violent or non-violent crimes. They represent clients who are facing criminal charges in court and work to defend their rights, negotiate plea deals, or advocate for them during trial.

While both types of attorneys may handle criminal cases, white-collar attorneys typically focus on complex financial crimes and regulatory issues, while criminal defense attorneys handle a wider range of criminal matters.

A trial attorney is a lawyer who specializes in representing clients in court proceedings. These attorneys are skilled in presenting cases before a judge and jury, examining and cross-examining witnesses, making legal arguments, and advocating for their clients’ interests during a trial.

Trial attorneys may work in various areas of law, including criminal defense, civil litigation, family law, and personal injury law. They are responsible for preparing and presenting cases for trial, including conducting legal research, drafting legal documents, and developing strategies to achieve the best possible outcome for their clients.

In addition to representing clients in court, trial attorneys may also engage in settlement negotiations, mediation, and arbitration to resolve legal disputes outside of court.