Second Chair Law & Legal Definition


Second chair means a lawyer who helps the lead attorney in court. The services of second chair includes examining some of the witnesses, arguing some of the points of law, handling parts of the voir dire, and presenting the opening statement or closing argument. Hence, second chair offers every level of training, support, and consultation for the trial attorney preparing a case for trial. A second chair can execute any task as long as it is done under the supervision of an attorney on the list. Generally, the courts will not make any payment to the second chair.