Benedict is a high-powered attorney in San Francisco, juggling several cases at once. A longtime client dies suddenly, leaving an incomplete will. the complication lies in that the man's no-account scheming brother threatens to tell his niece she was adopted so he can secure more of the estate.
When nightclub insult comedian Joey Kent is arrested on a narcotics charge at the airport, Sam's partner Hank Tabor takes the case. Kent is obnoxious and often drunk, hindering his case. A sleazy "Confidential"-type magazine publisher will try anything to get Sam to represent him, and a Judge's young daughter is apparently guilty of a hit-and-run accident.
Once brilliant lawyer Thonis Jundelin has become a drunk, and has taken advantage of a client. Benedict wants to help him, but he resists his efforts, instead wishing to kill himself instead. Too many clients causes Sam to take on a junior partner, young, untested Hank Tabor. He deals with a demanding woman who wants a divorce.
Veteran Police officer Delgado is accused of murdering a young man after a late night run-in. He seems likely for the crime, tired and often taunted by the local college boys, who have caused destruction and altercations before. A lot depends on the testimony of his partner.
An important state political figure, businessman and longtime client of Benedict's dies and leaves his self-centered, neurotic daughter in control of the estate. Unfortunately, the man was secretly taking money that wasn't his, and his daughter may lose everything when it comes out. Meanwhile, Tabor has problems with a case of an architect versus the city over rejected building plans.
A young, married, and pregnant Orthodox Jewish woman asks Sam's help to get an Orthodox wedding. She has already had a civil marriage, but because her husband is an agnostic she is unable to get married in a religious ceremony which would please her and her family more. Meanwhile, Hank gets into trouble in his effort to locate the one witness who can help his client, as a debt owed by his client to the witness is mistaken for a bribe.
An aging lady doctor has been taken advantage of financially by a young con man who makes romantic overtures part of his modus operandi. Knowing full well of just how phony he has been, she still hesitates to prosecute him, much to Benedict's consternation. Meanwhile, Tabor's client is an uncooperative writer of rubber cheques.
A long time, ultra rich client of Benedict's has seemingly lost his mind, dressing in a toga, and determined to set fire to his money, all in millions of bills. He also insists his very much alive daughter has died in a crash. Tabor's case involves a jazz musician caught with an underage girl.
A man retains Sam when he feels his right to free speech is being threatened when he speaks out against bigotry and racial intolerance. In the mean time, Hank defends a woman accused of being a Communist.