As Alicia looks for a way to have a judgment thrown out following a shocking guilty verdict, she also begins to feel the consequences of decisions in her personal life.
A routine arbitration turns into a battle of wills between Alicia and Louis Canning (Michael J. Fox), but the pair makes an unexpected connection when a personal crisis interrupts the proceedings.
Tensions are high at Lockhart & Gardner as Alicia and Will argue in front of a mercurial military judge, Eli's confidence is shaken and Diane issues an ultimatum to protect the firm.
Alicia races to win a stay of execution for a guilty man who has information which will keep another client from a murder conviction. Meanwhile, Eli tries to get ahead of a client's potential scandal and Kalinda may have met her match.
Alicia worries that she will break confidentiality when the Treasury Department forces her to report on her latest client, while Peter reluctantly digs into Will's past transgressions.
While Alicia wades through diplomatic loopholes to defend a Taiwanese national, Eli is approached by his ex-wife to vet her for a possible political campaign.
When Alicia's key witness commits suicide, she must turn to the only person whose testimony can salvage her case: Colin Sweeney. Meanwhile, Eli makes big moves on Peter's behalf.
Alicia takes on a pro bono case where the witness quickly becomes the prime suspect, but it's Lockhart & Gardner that may be in the most jeopardy, as Will and Diane consider their futures and the firm's direction.
Alicia and Will go toe-to-toe with his ex during a court-ordered mediation, while Eli and Diane clash over the best way to handle a dairy company's PR disaster.
When Alicia wins a verdict in a libel case involving a British businessman, she must quickly learn to navigate English Law when the case is retried in British court via satellite.
While the staff at Lockhart/Gardner adjusts to new realities and relationships, Alicia must put aside distractions in her personal life to defend a Muslim student accused of murdering a Jewish classmate.
As season 3 begins, Alicia is back with a new found confidence and a fresh start. Will and Alicia are working on a tough case that puts them both in unknown territory. Peter searches for a law firm to represent the country's civil needs, but he may not end up going with Lockhart/Gardner, leaving Diane questioning Alicia's true loyalty. Eli is working hard for Peter's next campaign as Governor of Illinois. Will is reunited with his old lover on a new case, which leaves Alicia feeling a little jealous.
Despite their tense relationship, Alicia and Kalinda rush to prove their client's innocence in a murder trial, while the timing might finally be right for Alicia and Will to pursue their relationship.
Lockhart/Gardner defends Stephanie Engler, the owner of an adultery Web site, after one of her users is murdered; however, the civil case turns criminal when the murder is pinned on Stephanie. Alicia goes ballistic on Kalinda about her one-night stand with Peter, causing Kalinda to contemplate leaving the firm.
Lockhart/Gardner defends a patient in a liver transplant case against rival attorney Patti Nyholm; however, the case takes a turn when Patti is fired from her law firm and asks Lockhart/Gardner to represent her. Meanwhile, Alicia deals with emotional fallout from Peter's one-night stand with Kalinda.
Lockhart/Gardner represents a small drilling contractor against a major oil conglomerate in a dispute that is going well until a South American dictator complicates the situation. Meanwhile, the election results are in.