What is PETTIFOGGER?

A lawyer who is em- ployed in a small or mean business, or who carries on a disreputable business by unprincipled or dishonorable means. “We think that the term ‘pettifogging shyster” needed no definition by witnesses before the jury. This combination of epithets, every lawyer and citizen knows, belongs to none but unscrupulous practitioners who disgrace their profession by doing mean work, and resort to sharp practice to do it” Bailey v. Kalamazoo Pub. Co., 40 Mich. 250.

More On This Topic



Link to This Definition
Did you find this definition of PETTIFOGGER helpful? You can share it by copying the code below and adding it to your blog or web page.
Written and fact checked by The Law Dictionary