What Are the Common Types of Lawyers?

Since there are currently about 1.4 million attornies across the US, you may worry that selecting one for your specific case will be a challenge. While these are valid concerns, lawyers generally have niche specialization.

Your pool of candidates is not as high as it initially seems. Read on to learn about some of the most common types of lawyers that you can look into for your case.

Personal Injury Lawyers

Personal injury (PI) attorneys work with people who were injured due to another party’s negligence. PI lawyers take cases such as slip and fall accidents in workplaces. They may also specialize in wrongful death, medical malpractice, or other niche injury types.

These attorneys strive to help you prove fault after an injury so that you can attain fair compensation. This compensation often includes the prices of medical bills and money lost due to missed work time.

SSI Lawyers

If you or a loved one are over the age of 65 or have a disability, you may be entitled to supplemental security income (SSI). To file for this income, you will need to enlist the help of an attorney to present your case for social security. These FAQs may help you to understand what supplemental security lawyers do in more detail.

Since 65% of SSI applicants are turned down, hiring a lawyer is the best possible way to avoid rejection. Expert knowledge gives you a great advantage.


Prosecutors represent the state, community, or entity that’s pressing charges against an individual or company. Their aim is to prove that the defendant is at fault for lost finances or harms rendered. When prosecutors win a case, the defendant will usually be subject to criminal charges and/or fines.

Criminal Defense Lawyers

Criminal defense attorneys are on the opposite side of prosecutors. These attorneys are hired by the defendant to represent them in court. They make arguments on behalf of the defendant to try to disprove fault after being sued or having charges pressed against them.

Some criminal defense lawyers are private attorneys that defendants and their families hire. However, because all people have the right to an attorney, other defense lawyers work for the state. They are assigned to cases in which the defendant cannot hire a lawyer for financial or practical reasons.

Corporate Lawyers

Corporate lawyers are those that represent companies- never individuals. Their purpose is to make sure that all documents and proceedings within a company fall under legal regulations. They are intended to make the company’s operations ironclad so that they will not be sued.

Corporate attorneys also may be called on to represent the company in court. This happens if the organization is sued by another entity.

More on Hiring All Types of Lawyers

While there are many attorney types that you may need to talk to at some point in your life, who you need to call is pretty straightforward. Lawyers almost always specialize in a niche area so that they can provide better counsel for your individual needs.

Now that you know the most common types of lawyers that you can hire, it’s time to get started. Check out the rest of our home page to learn more about how to hire a lawyer for yourself or your business.

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