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Lawyer trivia Diane J DJ Lost dianejmsn@hotmail.com Why do lawyers often use the title "esquire" after their name?


Those who hold jaundiced views of lawyers or who thought "esquire" identified a subscriber to a prominent American men's magazine may be shocked to learn it's a term of dignity.

Esquire was originally an English title, which placed the holder of it somewhere between a gentleman and a knight. It
originated with the squire, the fellow who assisted a knight.

In England, squire came to be a title accorded to a prominent local landowner, and esquire eventually was adopted as a bit
of extra window dressing after the name of just about any professional person.

In America, especially, it is favored by
lawyers, who may feel that it justifies more billable hours.



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