The legal system affects nearly every aspect of our society, from buying a home to crossing the street. Lawyers form the backbone of this system, linking it to society in numerous ways. They hold positions of great responsibility and are obligated to adhere to a strict code of ethics.
Lawyers, also called attorneys, act as both advocates and advisors in our society. As advocates, they represent one of the parties in criminal and civil trials by presenting evidence and arguing in court to support their client. As advisors, lawyers counsel their clients about their legal rights and obligations and suggest particular courses of action in business and personal matters. Whether acting as an advocate or an advisor, all attorneys research the intent of laws and judicial decisions and apply the law to the specific circumstances faced by their clients.
The more detailed aspects of a lawyer's job depend upon his or her legal field. Although all lawyers are licensed to represent parties in court, some appear in court more frequently than others. Trial lawyers, who handle trial work, must be able to think quickly and speak with ease and authority. In addition, familiarity with courtroom rules and strategy is particularly important in trial work. Still, trial lawyers spend the majority of their time outside the courtroom, conducting research, interviewing clients and witnesses, and handling other details in preparation for a trial.
Based in Maryland, Melehy & Associates is a law firm of experienced trial lawyers with a commitment to aggressive and effective representation of the clients we serve. Our primary practice areas include: labor and employment law, employment discrimination law, False Claims Act (fraud against the government) whistleblower law, family law, divorce law, bankruptcy, real estate litigation, and general civil litigation. From our office in Silver Spring, we serve clients and families from throughout Maryland (including Montgomery, Prince George's, Howard, and Anne Arundel Counties) and Washington, D.C. Our trial lawyers and attorneys aggressively defend the rights of our clients in federal and state courts, in administrative hearings, and in alternative dispute resolution. Please click on the links above to read more about each practice area.
Whether filing for bankruptcy, divorce or seeking alimony, our competent lawyers will assist you with the process. To arrange for a consultation with one of our law firm's attorneys, please contact our office today. All calls are confidential and we look forward to assisting you.