I was already feeling snarky this morning before I read the law.com article regarding the prosecutor who was reprimanded for blogging about a pending case. The needle on my snark-o-meter jumped when I noticed a term in that article that I've seen before: "litigation boutique."
I'm interested to know what defines a "litigation boutique." My firm has six lawyers, five of whom are regularly in court and trying cases - - albeit on behalf of personal injury and civil rights plaintiffs and criminal defendants. Do we count as a "litigation boutique"? [Would we want to?]
I'm guessing that the answer to that question is "no." Unless I'm mistaken, a "litigation boutique" is stocked with primarily defense lawyers in the realms of commercial litigation and, perhaps, major products liability defense for self-insured clients. The suits are probably more expensive; hell, the socks are probably more expensive.
If that is the type of firm that qualifies as a "litigation boutique," then what is the right moniker for a small law firm whose members are regularly trying cases (as opposed to just litigating), but on behalf of criminal defendants and non-commercial civil plaintiffs?