[Ads-l] Media inquiry: "Law Offices of", why always plural?

Baker, John JBAKER at STRADLEY.COM
Tue Aug 11 00:51:04 UTC 2015


As a lawyer myself, albeit one who is not a sole practitioner, I think that is right. Someone practicing alone is going to want to make it seem like he or she has a more substantial operation. 

Note that in fact it is not always plural. There are many "Law Office of" practices. 


John Baker



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> On Aug 10, 2015, at 8:38 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
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> More is better.
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> On Mon, Aug 10, 2015 at 3:57 PM, Cohen, Gerald Leonard <gcohen at mst.edu>
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>> Gerald Cohen=0A=
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>> I write for a legal publication and have a question on the origin of the
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>> rm =93Law Offices of =85.=94. Why is it always law officeS, the plural?
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>> t if it is just one room? Wouldn=92t that make it a law office? A lot of
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>> lo attorneys advertise as having Law Offices, and I imagine them going
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>> and forth between dimly lit rooms to read legal texts and ponder deeply.
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>> =92m wondering if there is a story behind that plural form?=0A=
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