Defense Attorney Legal Meaning and Definition

Here is a simplified definition of the legal term Defense Attorney.

Defense Attorney (noun)

A legal professional who primarily represents a person (referred to as the defendant) involved in a lawsuit or criminal charge. They provide counsel, advocate on their behalf, and ensure their rights are protected. In insurance cases, the defense attorney is selected by the insurer to represent individuals carrying their coverage. In criminal law, they represent those accused of crimes. When damages are part of the case, these attorneys may be called "plaintiff's attorneys.".