is a series focused on the main partners of big law firm Trott, Nicholson, Tuller and Graves (TNT & G) for short.
- TNT&G are:
- Ron Trott: He usually gives interviews to help making the client look innocent to the media. He's in a love-hate relationship with the hostess of "American Crime". As in, she loves the publicity from the cases he gets involved with and hates his attempts to use her show to make his clients look good.
- Tom Nicholson: The All-American face of "not guilty", Tom Nicholson is usually the one to go to court to argue the cases because he's more liked by juries than Ron.
- Alden Tuller: She recruits mock juries to test a defence's chances of success. Whenever she goes to court, she wears a ring out of a belief the jurors will take her more seriously if they think she's married.
- Luther Graves: Used to be a prosecutor before joining the law firm. Because of this, he has some idea of what to expect from the attorneys prosecuting the firm's clients. He's also a leader of the local African-American community.
This series contains examples of:
- Always Murder: Averted, 2 episodes are over civil wrongful death cases. A further 2 are tried as murders but turn out to be an accident and an act of self defence.
- Amoral Attorney: Ron has a bit of this with his win at all costs attitude.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Karen Patterson from Fillicide, and Ben Horner from Prior Convictions. DM Eckstein from Crucified may count, but he doesn't exactly act pleasant either.
- Blood-Splattered Innocents: "Wrongful Death" opens with a woman being killed in a roller coaster accident with her 14 year old daughter in the seat next to her.
- Brick Joke: In "Wrongful Death" Ron tells the girl they are representing that she must not cry on the stand, during cross she breaks down and it turns out to be Ron pulling a Batman Gambit on the opposing lawyer knowing he'd claim that she was instructed to cry and it'd make him look like he'd kicked the girl's puppy to death in the middle of the court room in the eyes of the jurors.
- Cold Opening: Usually of a TV report on the case.
- Courtroom Antics
- Downer Ending: TNT&G doesn't win every time; in one episode they win but they know one of their clients is guilty, and in another they lose and the epilogue shows the client is innocent (although they do have an appeal).
- Even Evil Has Standards: Taking in to account public perception of high price defense lawyers. In "Wrongful Death" Ron says while he uses spin that corporate lawyers are "the worst".
- Ron also appears upset after winning in a murder case as he realises one of their clients is most likely the killer but they couldn't figure out which one.
- Face-Heel Turn: Luther leaving the DA's office to become a defense attorney is seen as such by at least one of his former colleagues.
- Foil: The four TNT&G lawyers make two sets: Ron is concerned only with winning cases and not of the client's guilt or innocence, while former DA Luther is concerned with making sure justice is done. Tom works best when he feels sure of his client's innocence, Alden generally assumes her client's guilt so she isn't disappointed if she loses.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Tom has this when his prejudice caused an innocent client to be convicted, and Luther has this when he realizes that the guy he convicted 15 years ago really WAS innocent.
- Proscenium Reveal: One episode started with what seemed someone murdering somebody else but then it's revealed it was the prosecution recording a dramatization of what they claim to have happened to a Victim of the Week.
- The Reveal: The epilogue of each episode shows how the victim really died.
- Show With In A Show: The show sometimes has a Cold Opening with the case being discussed on a show called American Crime.