How to Address Business Letters to Lawyers

by Nancy Holland

A 2009 report by the American Bar Association counted more than 1.18 million active attorneys in the United States, with the largest concentration (153,552) in New York compared to the 1381 in North Dakota. If you want to send a business letter to an attorney, there are two acceptable formats for the address: "Attorney at Law" and "Esquire." You should not use "Mr." or "Ms." before the person's name when using the professional title of "Esquire" or the abbreviation "Esq." after the name.

Address to Attorney at Law

Type "Mr." or "Ms." followed by the full name of the lawyer on the first line of the address.

Type "Attorney at Law" on the second line of the address. Type the name of the attorney's law firm, company or governmental agency on the line under "Attorney at Law." Add the street address on the next line with the city, state and ZIP code on the last line.

Type the salutation as "Dear Mr." or "Dear Ms." followed by the last name of the lawyer. Type a colon at the end of the salutation.

Address to Esquire

Type the lawyer's full name followed by a comma. Type "Esq." after the comma.

Type the name of the attorney's law firm, company or governmental agency on the line under his name. Add the street address on the next line with the city, state and ZIP code on the last line.

Type the salutation starting with "Dear Mr." or "Dear Ms." followed by the last name of the lawyer. Type a colon at the end of the salutation.

Tips

  • The quotation marks in the steps indicate the words you should type. When you type the envelope and letter, do not include the quotation marks in any part of the address.
  • Check the attorney's business card, phone listing or website to see if she uses Esq. or Attorney at Law.

About the Author

Nancy Holland has been a writer for more than 20 years. She writes about business, government, personal finance, music technology and travel for a variety of websites. Holland holds a Master of Arts in history from Loyola Marymount University.

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