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.
Harry, against her better judgment, agrees to defend Eric Sanders, a man accused of savagely killing his wife. She takes the case at the request of Oliver Richard - a hot-shot attorney from the very firm that fired her the previous year. The extremely high-profile case brings Harry toe-to-toe with the head honcho herself, D.A. Roseanna Remmick. Meanwhile, new associate Cassie Reynolds represents an artist whose painting was unceremoniously altered by the purchaser. Elsewhere, Tommy Jefferson, forces his way into sharing Harry's new office space and pursues a box store...
While charges against Harry are dropped, D.A. Roseanna Remmick continues her attack by ordering the police to harass Harry and plant evidence against Eric. Elsewhere, Cassie looks into a recently fired housekeeper with a history of violence while Oliver follows up on a tip about a delivery guy who might know something damning about the victim's love life. As the media fervor grows, Harry recruits Tommy to handle the press.
Adam preps Eric's daughter for her pivotal testimony as Harry worries about Cassie's impending cross-examination of a key state's witness. Meanwhile, Ollie clashes with Harry over what's in the best interest of their client while D.A. Roseanna Remmick goes to great lengths to get a guilty verdict.
Harry teams up with Ollie to defend a teenage girl known at school for her scathing blog, the "Snark Queen," who cruelly outs a closeted lesbian classmate who shortly after commits suicide. A.D.A Kim Mendelsohn puts Harry and Ollie on the defensive by charging the accused cyberbully with negligent homicide. Back at the office, Adam takes Tommy to court for accepting a life insurance policy as payment from a now-deceased cancer patient. All the while, Jenna weighs a tempting job offer that could take her away from Harriet's Law & Fine Shoes.
Harry's client is a high school teacher who was terminated "due to budget cuts", but the real reason is that he gave a student a bad grade for refusing to believe in the teacher's Darwinism. The student is not just ANY student; he is a genius who would have been accepted into one of the most prestigious universities in the country if not for that one grade. Harry thus has to take on the whole school board and a creationist minister. Meanwhile, the team takes on a seemingly unwinnable case where a woman who dresses as a high-end call girl (and looks it) is accused of ...
Harry and Adam defend former prosecutor Josh "Puck" Peyton, who stands accused of aiding and abetting a kidnapper; Peyton successfully negotiated her safe return, but did so behind the back of the FBI. The case brings Harry into a fierce rematch with D.A. Roseanna Remmick who is back with a vengeance and determined to outdo Harry and put Puck in prison. Elsewhere, Tommy ropes Cassie into an ethically questionable divorce proceeding involving his oldest clients.
While Harry is on vacation, her trip takes a frustrating turn when the small town of Langford, Ohio impounds her Mercedes Benz for violating their "Buy American" law. Harry, with Oliver at her side, challenges the town's law and is pit against a young, homespun attorney and the engine behind the law, Langford's mayor, Franklin Chickory. Meanwhile, Adam represents the Chens, a Chinese family whose daughter was stolen because of China's one-child policy and adopted by American parents. With Cassie's help, Adam hopes to win custody for the Chens.
Harry must practice some conflict resolution when Oliver and Cassie butt heads over an emotional case: defending a schizophrenic 17-year-old who shot and killed three college students on campus. Meanwhile, Tommy represents an owner and operator of two businesses: a "Green Mortuary" for eco-friendly burial, and an organic produce market. Unfortunately, his two businesses overlap resulting in his vegetables being fertilized with the decomposing bodies. Elsewhere, Chunhua returns to ask Adam for help when her family's dry cleaning business is seized through eminent ...
Harry and Adam argue on behalf of parents whose son died after receiving a concussive blow while playing on his high school football team. During the case, Harry examines the danger that football-related injuries pose to young athletes. Meanwhile, Tommy represents a struggling single mother who resorted to robbing a bank in order to pay her mounting bills. With Cassie's help, they put the government on trial by arguing a rarely used defense.
Harry, Oliver and Cassie struggle to defend their client, a mother who stands accused of killing her infant son who suffered from a debilitating disorder with no hope for a cure. Meanwhile, Tommy and Adam represent a former-soldier-turned-clown who, after suffering a minor traumatic brain injury in the Iraq War, was deemed ineligible for a Purple Heart.