A very shrewd lawyer who is expert in the exploitation of legal technicalities.
- ‘The consequence was a labyrinthine system of bonus points and calculating the draw which a Philadelphia lawyer might well have struggled to understand.’
- ‘It doesn't take a Philadelphia lawyer to figure that one out.’
- ‘With that deal he demonstrated there is a career for him as a Philadelphia lawyer once he hangs up his boots.’
With reference to Andrew Hamilton of Philadelphia, who successfully defended John Peter Zenger (1735), an American journalist and publisher, from libel charges.