An attorney is a law practitioner whose main function is to represent people in court. He has legal knowledge on which he bases his argument for his clients in court. The emphasis put in the definition of an attorney is the representation, since an attorney usually does not act on his own behalf but on behalf of someone else who has mandated him in law to act as such. The legal field being one of the oldest professions is quite a wide field. Consequently, there are various divisions in the legal field. Every division has specific areas that it deals with. Some of these areas include criminal law, civil law, family law, the law of property, company or corporate law among other branches of the law.
Whether negotiating the acquisition of a multibillion dollar company or assisting a small Internet start-up company, corporate lawyers are involved in advising businesses on their numerous legal rights, responsibilities, and obligations. General corporate practice involves handling a wide range of legal issues for businesses.
Evan Anderson is Managing Director of BCG Attorney Search’s San Francisco office and the Director of BCG’s Diversity Recruiting Practice. He assists a variety of candidates in several practice areas on the West coast, but he places particular significance on candidates representing ethnic, gender, and LGBT diversity.