Lawyer? Attorney? Counsellor? What’s the Difference?

lawyer:
n. (14c)

1. Someone who, having been licensed to practice law, is qualified to advise people about legal matters, prepare contracts and other legal instruments, and represent people in court. — lawyerly, lawyerlike, adj. lawyerdom, n.

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attorney:
(14c)

1. Strictly, one who is designated to transact business for another; a legal agent. — aka attorney-in-fact; private attorney.

2. Someone who practices law; LAWYER. — Abbr. att’y. — aka (in sense 2) attorney-at-lawpublic attorney.  Pl. attorneys. [1]

private attorney:

1. Same as attorney in fact.  Hall v Sawyer (NY) 47 Barb 116, 119.

attorney in fact:

1. An agent or representative authorized by a power of attorney to act for his principal in certain matters.  3 Am J2d Agency § 23.

An agent, sometimes referred to as a private attorney who is authorized by his principal, either for some particular purpose, or to do a particular act, not of a legal character.
     Such an agent is often designated by the word “attorney” after his name.  Hall v Sawyer, 47 Barb (NY) 116, 119. [2]

counsel:

1. An attorney; an attorney representing a party in a legal action; legal counsel.
     See assigned counselof counselright to counsel.

counselor:

1. An attorney. [3]

Also see Private Attorney General

References:

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[1]:  Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black & Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-62130-6

[2]: Ballantine’s Law Dictionary with Pronunciations
Third Edition
 by James A. Ballantine (James Arthur 1871-1949).  Edited by William S. Anderson.  © 1969 by THE LAWYER’S CO-OPERATIVE PUBLISHING COMPANY.  Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 68-30931

[3]:  Ballantine’s Law Dictionary Legal Assistant Edition
by Jack Ballantine 
(James Arthur 1871-1949).  Doctored by Jack G. Handler, J.D. © 1994 Delmar by Thomson Learning.  ISBN 0-8273-4874-6.

 

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