As the 8th season begins, nothing in the firm is as we remember. Bobby, Linsay, Rebecca and Lucy are all gone, leaving Ellenor, Eugene and Jimmy at the helm. Ellenor also hires an old friend, attorney Alan Shore, recently fired from his firm for embezzlement. Jimmy and and Eugene defend a woman who killed a drug dealer in her neighborhood in cold blood, desperate to stop him from selling drugs to children. Ellenor and Jaimie defend a man accused of killing his wife and unborn child, but begin to suspect he is actually protecting the real killer.
Alan takes the case of a lawyer (Sharon Stone), who was fired for being cuckoo. Stanfield (Chris O'Donnell, takes the stand but doesn't come off well, but appears innocent when his daughter exposes a secret.
Alan defends a man arrested for his attraction to public toilets. Brad Stanfield's attorney moves to suppress the truth about his client. Sheila defends a taxidermist who has stuffed his mother's head, and believes the head is Saint Katherine. Tara promises Roland Huff that she and Eugene will get him out of jail. Alan tells Sheila she has to leave the firm.
Alan Shore hacks into opposing counsel's computer to win a settlement for a client suing a drug manufacturer for causing her husband's suicide; Shore hides a murder weapon to protect a mentally unbalanced client accused of murder.
Alan Shore defends a twelve-year-old girl who is trying to escape an arranged marriage in her home country. Meanwhile, Eugene tries to help a man who is seeking justice for the brutal murder of his wife.
Alan Shore uses unorthodox tactics when he's appointed by the court to defend a young man accused of murder. Meanwhile, Tara must try her first case when she's thrown into covering Shore's previously scheduled client.
After a policeman is shot to death, Jamie and Tara arrive at the hospital where the suspect is being treated, and are shocked to find the police torturing him for information. But the real shock is when they discover no one seems to have the authority or the willingness to put a stop to it.
Jimmy and Jamie defend an elderly man, retired dock worker Walter Josephson, who is accused of killing a member of the local Irish mob, and Alan Shore agrees to help his friend Dwight Haber - by any means necessary - who discovers his lawyer wife Eve is cheating on him.
Alan returns to his childhood home of Dedham, Mass. to defend a childhood friend; Paul Stewart who is wanted for the brutal murder of the town party girl. Alan tries to come to terms with secrets of his Dedham past, and learns that when it comes to going home, nothing ever changes; nothing stays the same.
An ongoing, sensational murder case besets Shore with pre-trial anxieties centering on jury selection; a hostile judge; a priest's confession; and suspicions of malpractice that involve a manipulative witness for the prosecution.
Shore sabotages the firm's computers, and he hires Crane, Poole and Schmidt to sue them for wrongful termination. Alan meets Denny Crane (William Shatner) for the first time. Ellen defends a woman who slapped a cop.
Friction at the firm gets to Jimmy, who's torn between loyalties and principles. Meanwhile, tension besets Shore as he crosses swords with his brilliant but erratic new boss, whose behavior raises questions of competence.
Eugene becomes a Superior Court Judge, and is furious when his first case includes Alan Shore. Shore tries to fend off the advances of a co-worker, and Bobby Donnell tries to sidestep a final farewell party with the members of the practice.