Business lawyers are attorneys who focus their practice on business law. These attorneys may work for small or large law firms, government agencies, or corporations. Many own their own private practices. They may also work for accounting or investment firms.
A business lawyer’s practice may include tax, intellectual property, contracts, corporate law, mergers & acquisition work, and employment law issues. Business lawyers may work as trial lawyers or transactional lawyers and many do both.
Frequently, lawyers also apply their knowledge to other facets of business in the roles of business manager, compliance professional or business leader. In these roles, the skills and expertise developed during law school are essential to their success as business professionals, including an understanding of the legal process and regulations and analytical, research, writing and critical-thinking skills.