Lead Counsel Law and Legal Definition

Lead counsel is appointed when multiple parties share sufficient common interests so that one attorney may represent them as a group, without conflict, on substantive matters. Lead counsel is rarely appointed for an entire mass tort defense; rather, it is more usual to have a number appointed and each charged with a particular specialty. Commonly, lead counsel will be appointed to head the trial team, for expert discovery, or for purposes of specific fact discovery. There is often lead counsel for common briefing as well. Substantial cost savings can be achieved through this practice.