The Prestons defend a man charged with murdering a storekeeper during a robbery, but they strongly disagree over his guilt. The drug-addicted client was found unconscious at the scene with the murder weapon in his hand. Lawrence believes he definitely committed the act and only hopes to plead for a lesser sentence, but Kenneth believes the man may be completely innocent of the murder.
Inmates riot at a prison cell block, taking four hostages and threatening to kill them unless their demands are met. At the request of one of the riot's leaders, the warden asks Lawrence Preston to negotiate for the prisoners.
A teenage boy is charged with abandoning his baby whom he left on a doctor's doorstep. He claims he thought the baby was dead, but it was actually alive and died after its discovery. To make matters worse, he refuses to identify the baby's mother, even though he claims he is married to her.
The Prestons are hired by a stage actress who wants full custody of her son, and does not even want to grant visitation rights to the boy's father. But she refuses to tell them the full reason why, although Kenneth suspects that the father may be suicidal.
An impressionist is charged with killing his fiancee, but his inability to stop going into character impersonations, even in court, leads Lawrence to feel that he has lost his hold on reality, and that he killed in one of his impersonations.
When a boy is hit by a car and thus becomes in dire need of surgery, his parents refuse to allow it for religious reasons. The Prestons, who are representing the young woman who hit the boy, work desperately to find a judge who will overrule the parents and allow surgery.
The Prestons defend a woman accused of the murder of her husband. The main witness against her is a close friend who seems sympathetic to her, yet claims the victim telephoned him after he was shot and named her as the one who shot him.
Rich Mr. Gideon has recently married for the sixth time, and has invited all his slightly flaky ex-wives to meet his new spouse. Then he gets murdered. Police charge the new Mrs. Gideon, and the Prestons defend her---in an unusual way.