Attorney or Lawyer?

A conversation about the titles “lawyer” and “attorney” once went something* like the following:

Guy: What do you do for a living?

Lawyer: I am an attorney.

Guy: Do you like your job?

Lawyer: I love being a lawyer. It has it’s frustrating moments, but I really enjoy what I do.

Guy: I’m confused. You’ve called yourself a lawyer and an attorney. Which are you?

Lawyer: Both. They are the same thing.

While I have witnessed lawyers attorneys licensed legal practitioners argue the differences between the two titles, as a practical matter, in the U.S., the words can be used interchangeably.

*This dialogue is loosely based on a real conversation I had with a person quite some time ago.

Jeremy J. Richey, Attorney at Law
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