Once-successful patent attorney Harriet Korn is fired and decides to begin anew with her own practice. With the help of her happy-go-lucky secretary, Jenna, she sets up shop in an abandoned shoe store in a rough section of Cincinnati. Her first case is to defend Malcolm Davies, a troubled young man, facing his third drug offense. Meanwhile, up-and-coming attorney Adam Branch joins the firm, and defends a "private security officer" after he shoots a man who is attempting to rob a laundromat.
Harry defends an impoverished 87-year-old woman who commits armed robbery to buy food. Meanwhile, in an attempt to impress a beautiful woman, Adam takes on an unlikely case in which he must argue in favor of a laundromat owner's strict "one-child only" policy for his employees, but is shaken when opposing counsel is none other than flamboyant media hog Tommy Jefferson.
A priest tells Harry about a parishioner who said he gave false testimony in court which lead to the defendant being imprisoned. Malcolm and Tommy go to court together for a woman who blames the fast food restaurants for her weight.
Harry grows increasingly concerned about Malcolm's association with the over-the-top Tommy and their lawsuit. Meanwhile, Tommy struggles to be less ridiculous as he, his associate, and Malcolm argue in court against large fast-food corporations. In a shocking turn of events, Chunhua is attacked behind the laundromat. When her assailant is set free after cutting a deal, Damien risks serious jail time by taking justice into his own hands, while Adam finds comfort in his ex-girlfriend, Rachael.
When Harry discovers her client is guilty, she proclaims his guilt in front of the jury when she is not allowed to quit the case. The judge has no choice but to find Harry in contempt and recommend her for permanent disbarment. Meanwhile, Malcolm goes undercover with Cincinnati's finest in exchange for an expunged criminal record.
Harry and Malcolm come together to mediate a gang war, but soon find themselves butting heads when a gang member decides he wants out to start a better life. Elsewhere, Rachael and Adam team up to defend against a wrongful termination lawsuit brought by an employee who claims he was let go for being too old.
Tommy convinces Harry to help him defend four albinos seeking asylum in the U.S. from the dangers of albino hunters in their native Tanzania. Elsewhere, Jenna's car is stolen, but is later returned by the thief's sister in hopes that the firm will represent him on an unrelated theft charge. Back in the office, Jenna and Harry's relationship gets rocky when Harry makes a hurtful comment.
Adam is traumatized when he witnesses a gang related drive-by shooting, but is amazed when a teenaged, vigilante street doctor tends to the victim before paramedics arrive. Adam represents the young doctor when his legal woes quickly escalate after A.D.A Kim Mendelsohn realizes he was involved in the murder of a police officer. Meanwhile, Harry fights the hospital board to get a liver transplant after the drive-by shooting victim's condition worsens. Elsewhere, Jenna and Malcolm grow unexpectedly close.
When a war veteran locks his wife in their basement to keep her from cheating, her lover Miguel, approaches Harry to help -- but asks that she not involve the police due to their immigrant status. Meanwhile, Adam takes on his first divorce case where he represents Lynette Zales after a romantic affair she orchestrated for her husband to spice up their marriage develops into something more. Elsewhere, Jenna and Malcolm confront each other about their kiss.
Harry helps Marty Slumach, an old boyfriend, try an armed robbery case, but she has trouble mounting a defense for the accused because she doubts his innocence. Meanwhile, Adam represents Amanda Knox, a drag queen abruptly fired from her gig performing at a local bar when the owner's wife finds out that Amanda was having an affair with her husband.
Harry defends an old colleague, Lou Drummond, who murdered his business partner during a stand-off in which both lawyers drew guns. Meanwhile, after professing his undying love to Rachel, Adam tries to gently break up with Chunhua. Elsewhere, Malcolm and Jenna try to find balance in their fledgling romance.
When Josh Peyton has a mental breakdown and is charged with breaking and entering, and assault, Harry comes to his defense. Meanwhile Adam and Rachel reluctantly team up to represent death row inmate Brian Jones only to realize that his appeal may be jeopardized by a clerical error. Back at the shoe store, Jenna and Malcolm's relationship is tested when they have their first argument.