Monday, March 31, 2008

The Philadelphia Lawyer – Coining a Phrase

The term Philadelphia lawyer has taken on a colloquialism in our vernacular and some may wonder why. In order to understand why one must look at the definition of the colloquialism and it refers to a lawyer who is highly shrewd and at the top of his field. The origins of this term are not born of recent history but actually date back to the early colonial history of the United States. In the early 1700's Alexander Hamilton won a highly publicized courtroom trial for his client and since the lawyer Hamilton was based out of the city of Philadelphia it become common to refer to top notch lawyers as "Philadelphia lawyers". Perhaps that is Hamilton's most enduring legacy.

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