Definition of Philadelphia lawyer in English:
A very shrewd lawyer who is expert in the exploitation of legal technicalities.
- The consequence was a labyrinthine system of bonus points and calculating the draw which a Philadelphia lawyer might well have struggled to understand.
- It doesn't take a Philadelphia lawyer to figure that one out.
- With that deal he demonstrated there is a career for him as a Philadelphia lawyer once he hangs up his boots.
with reference to Andrew Hamilton of Philadelphia, who successfully defended John Peter Zenger (1735), an American journalist and publisher, from libel charges.
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