Is An Attorney the Same Thing As A Lawyer

An Attorney-At-Law is a professionally licensed member of the legal profession.  Attorneys can represent clients in court, at depositions, arbitrations, and other legal proceedings.  He or she also is able to make arguments before a tribunal and prepare legal paperwork on a client’s behalf. 

In contract, a lawyer is generally an individual who has attended law school and obtained training in the field of law.  A lawyer may not be licensed to practice in a particular jurisdiction and  is unable to prepare legal papers or make arguments before a tribunal or legal body.  

If you have a legal question or are imminently a party in a potential lawsuit, you should consult with an attorney who is licensed and experienced in the particular area of law.