coun·sel 1 /'kau̇n-səl/ n pl counsel [Old French conseil advice, from Latin consilium discussion, advice, council, from consulere to consult]: lawyer: as
a: a lawyer participating in the management or trial of a case in court have the assistance of counsel for his defenseU.S. Constitution amend. VI
a right to counsel
b: a lawyer appointed or engaged to advise or represent a client in legal matters (as negotiations or the drafting of documents) compare attorney
◇ A judge who has acted as counsel in a matter (as by advising an investigator) is disqualified from hearing the case.
of counsel
1: assisting another lawyer in a case
was attorney of counsel
2: employed on a part-time basis
a tax attorney will move also and become of counselNational Law Journal
counsel 2 vt -seled or -selled, -sel·ing, or, -sel·ling: advise

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I noun adviser, advocate, attorney, attorney-at-law, barrister, barrister-at-law, consilium, counselor, counselor-at-law, jurisconsult, jurist, lawyer, legal adviser, legal practitioner, legist, member of the bar, member of the legal profession, officer of court, pleader, solicitor associated concepts: advice of counsel, aid of counsel, assigned counsel, assistance of counsel, attorney's fees, benefit of counsel, counsel in a cause, counsel of record, denial of counsel, effective counsel, Escobedo Rule, of counsel, opposing counsel, sixth amendment, waiver of counsel foreign phrases:
- Consilia multorum quaeruntur in magnis. — The advice of many is required in great affairs.
- Praepropera consilia raro sunt prospera. — Rash counsels are rarely prosperous
II verb advise, advocate, caution, coach, commend, confer, consult, direct, discuss, dissuade, encourage, exchange observations, expostulate, forewarn, give a recommendation, give advice, give suggestions to, guide, instruct, offer an opinion to, opine, persuade, prescribe, prompt, propose, reason with, recommend, seek advice, seek to persuade, submit, suggest, suggest a proposed claim, suggest a proposed contention, urge, warn III index admonish (advise), admonition, advice, advise, advocate, apprise, attorney, bar (body of lawyers), barrister, caution, charge (instruct on the law), confer (consult), counselor, deliberation, direction (guidance), esquire, exhort, forewarn, guidance, incite, instruct (direct), jurist, lawyer, notice (warning), notify, persuade, prognosticate, propose, recommend, recommendation, remonstrate, representative (proxy), suggestion

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

(1) An attorney, a lawyer; also called counselor.
(2) Legal advice.
To give legal advice.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

another name for a barrister or advocate.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

1) The lawyer or lawyers representing a client. For example, on the advice of counsel, the defendant did not take the stand.
2) Used as a verb, to give legal advice.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

n. One or more lawyers who provide advice to or represent a particular client. In the singular, also called a counselor.
See also attorney.
@ assigned counsel
A lawyer appointed by a court to represent at the government's expense a criminal defendant who cannot afford to retain his or her own lawyer.
@ counsel of record
@ general counsel
A lawyer or law firm that provides most or all of the legal advice and representation utilized by a client, especially by one that is a corporation or engages in business activities.
@ independent counsel
1 A lawyer or law firm retained to provide advice or representation on a particular matter when it would be a conflict of interest for the client's regular lawyers to do so.
2 A lawyer retained to conduct an unbiased investigation, especially one retained by a governmental body to investigate employees or officers of that body for alleged misconduct.
See also prosecutor.
@ in-house counsel
One or more lawyers who are employees of a business and provide legal advice and representation only for that business.
@ lead counsel
When more than one lawyer or law firm is hired to represent a party or parties in an action, especially in an action involving more than one jurisdiction, or to represent various plaintiffs in a class action, the lawyer or law firm that controls, coordinates, or manages the litigation and represents the interests of the parties or class as a whole.
@ local counsel
A lawyer licensed to practice law in a particular jurisdiction or before a particular court who assists a lawyer who is not licensed, but who has been given permission to provide advice and represent a client in an action in that jurisdiction or before that court, with matters regarding the application and interpretation of the local laws as well as with the local court customs, practices, and rules.
@ of counsel
1 A lawyer who assists the attorney of record in a trial or appeal with the preparation, management, or presentation of a case.
2 A lawyer who is connected to a law firm, such as a retired partner who regularly provides advice, but who is not an associate, member, or partner of the firm.
@ special counsel
A lawyer brought in to assist another lawyer or a law firm in a matter requiring their special experience, knowledge, or skills or to serve as independent counsel.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

An attorney or lawyer. The rendition of advice and guidance concerning a legal matter, contemplated form of argument, claim, or action.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

An attorney or lawyer. The rendition of advice and guidance concerning a legal matter, contemplated form of argument, claim, or action.
II A legal adviser; a term used to refer to lawyers in a case.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   1) n. a lawyer, attorney, attorney-at-law, counsellor, counsellor-at-law, solicitor, barrister, advocate or proctor (a lawyer in admiralty court), licensed to practice law. In the United States they all mean the same thing.
   2) v. to give legal advice.
   3) v. in some jurisdictions, to urge someone to commit a crime, which in itself is a crime.
   See also: attorney

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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