Plagued by gambling debts, tax troubles, and a psychotic ex-girlfriend, criminal defense lawyer Keegan Deane (Greg Kinnear) represents a notorious serial killer who's recanted his confession, threatening to bring down the storied LAPD detective who put him behind bars ten years earlier.
As he's representing a trio of young Amish men who attacked a church elder, Keegan (Greg Kinnear) uses Scarlet (Necar Zadegan) and Ben's (John Ortiz) recommitment ceremony to woo an attractive car service driver with a penchant for older men.
While defending a mother with a severe gambling addiction (Annie Mumolo), Keegan (Greg Kinnear) scrambles to make up for causing skateboarding legend Tony Hawk to cancel his appearance at a school fundraiser.
Keegan (Greg Kinnear) exploits the judge and prosecutor's rocky divorce in his defense of a prominent restaurant owner charged with bigamy. As Mikki (Bojana Novakovic) seeks help fending off a vindictive ex-client, personal and professional problems plague Scarlet (Necar Zadegan) and Ben (John Ortiz).
Keegan takes the case of a man accused of committing his third strike, a man who credits Keegan with inspiring him to become sober and is now a sponsor himself. Meanwhile, Keegan's primary creditor has upped the stakes for repayment; Ben asserts himself in his father's, now his company, and Scarlet considers running for District Attorney.
Ben takes over the law firm after the death of his father and hires Keegan, who manages to win his first case despite being completely unprepared for it, but he doesn't get the reaction he expected from the partners. Meanwhile, Leanne wants to be on Keegan's staff at Ben's firm; Bruce can't accept the fact that Maddy broke up with him; Scarlet rethinks the launch of her campaign for DA; and a new wrinkle develops in Keegan's relationship with the mayor's wife.
Keegan must defend his new client, Holly Phillips, who is charged with the death of her husband. But Keegan himself becomes the suspect in another death - the murder of Mayor Barzmann. Meanwhile, Maddy has had enough of Bruce stalking her, and Ben and Scarlet argue over their loyalty to Keegan.
Keegan defends Mikki's former pimp, Jules, who is accused of assault by high-powered agent Max Fawcett, after the two get into an altercation. Because of Max's status in Los Angeles, no one who witnessed what happened will come forward and testify, even though they know Jules is innocent. Meanwhile, Scarlet's campaign for District Attorney stalls, Maddy assaults Finn's teacher and David Potter asks Mikki an important question.
With Scarlet's campaign for L.A. District Attorney in full swing, Keegan charms California's well-respected ex-governor, Mitch Markham, into providing financial and political support for Scarlet's campaign. Meanwhile, Keegan is uncomfortable when Maddy enlists her ex-lover, Glenn, a well-known campaign consultant, to give Scarlet's campaign the vigor it needs, and Scarlet faces a serious opponent in David Potter, Mikki's fiancee.
Keegan defends a close friend and well-respected doctor accused of animal cruelty, after an explicit video of him, his wife and his dog gets stolen. Meanwhile, Scarlet and David's campaigns for District Attorney take a nasty turn when personal information gets leaked to the press, Ben gets tied up in a federal investigation when his firm's finances are questioned and Maddy rekindles a relationship with a former girlfriend.
Keegan must use a highly unusual tactic to defend a new client and his mother, who both confess to committing the same murder, in order to protect the other. Meanwhile, as a result of Finn's school auction, Keegan is stuck with Louis, an annoying boy whose father was the only bidder on the "A Day with a Lawyer" auction item. Also, Keegan discovers that Mikki is dating someone he knows.