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1) Someone authorized to practice law; a lawyer. Also called attorney-at-law and public attorney.

2) Less commonly, an agent authorized to act on behalf of another person, but not necessarily authorized to practice law, e.g. a person authorized to act by a power of attorney. Also called attorney-in-fact and private attorney.

Illustrative caselaw

See, e.g. Savings Bank v. Ward, 100 U.S. 195 (1879).

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