Only Law Firm in Town

When you have only one lawyer in town, he's usually barely making a living and is just hanging on. Once you have two law firms in town, we discover that both lawyers are now quite prosperous members of the community.
- Typical lawyer joke

The law firm at the center of the show. You'd think occasionally, the plaintiff in one of these cases would pick a different firm. Instead it seems like there's only one law firm they can possibly go to. Sometimes justified by the setting -a rural district in the early 20th century, for example- but more often not.

A sister trope to Only Shop in Town.


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    Comic Books 
  • In the Marvel Universe, pretty much every time anyone in New York needs a criminal lawyer for anything, they'll call in Nelson and Murdock, unless the writer feels like being different, in which case they may go for Jennifer Walters.
  • One Lucky Luke story has a stablehand who moonlights as the town's lawyer. The judge is the stable owner.
    "Came out west to become a lawyer, but a man's got to eat..."

    Live-Action TV 
  • Picket Fences had all manner of issues show up in cases plead by one particular attorney ("Douglas Wambaugh! Reasonable doubt for a reasonable fee!") to one particular, exasperated judge.
  • Boston Legal to the point where they occasionally represented both sides in a case. For the record, this is major artistic license: After "Touch Your Client's Money and You're Done," "You Can't Represent Opposite Sides of the Same Case" is probably the biggest single rule in legal ethics.
  • Kingdom: Justified in that Market Shipborough is a rather small town; there's probably another law firm in town, but just the one. Or maybe two. But no more.
  • JAG: Often it makes you wonder why Harm, Mac at JAG Headquarters gets to act as trial and defense counsel from an wide array of cases from all around the Navy & the Marines and why they're not handled by the command staff judge advocates out in the field.
    • In the pilot episode Admiral Brovo makes a suggestion that there wouldn't have been a perceived need to send HQ people out to the USS Seahawk if the missing RIO had been a male for political purposes.
    • It's suggested many times that they're sent out in the field to be impartial whenever there's a concern that the local judge advoctates might not be, or that there are none present on the location at all.
  • Downplayed some in Hill Street Blues, but Joyce Davenport is the only Public Defender at Hill Street Station who gets to be more than a one-shot character. Presumably this is down to the Law of Conservation of Detail, as she's already a main character thanks to being Captain Furillo's lover.