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Transactional lawyers counsel individuals and organizations on the legal issues generated by their business dealings. Most public-sector transactional lawyers work for nonprofits, government agencies, or private public interest law firms. Many transactional attorneys are drawn to this type of work because it is generally less adversarial than litigation.

Day-to-Day Activities

  • Transactional attorneys assisting organizations or agencies may: create/form legal entities;
  • draft and negotiate contracts;
  • advise on general governance, commercial and compliance matters;
  • complete and file legally required forms, including tax exemption applications;
  • design personnel policies; and/or counsel on real estate, regulatory, intellectual property and licensing matters.
  • Transactional attorneys assisting individual clients may, by contrast:  draft wills, powers or attorney and other estate planning documents;
  • draft and negotiate personal contracts such as leases, employment agreements, or loan modification documents;
  • and/or file tax documents or other forms required to access government benefits.

Practice Settings

  • Government (Federal, State and Local)
  • Interest/Advocacy Groups
  • Legal Services
  • Unions
  • Private Practice

Skill Set Required

  • Analytic skills
  • Legal research
  • Written advocacy
  • Drafting skills
  • Client relations
  • Negotiation