Successful defense lawyer Sadie Ellis starts to fall for her charismatic client, pediatric surgeon Billy Brennan, who is accused of murdering his girlfriend 24 years ago.
As Sadie tries to keep her relationship with Billy strictly professional, she works on a case involving one of Isaiah’s oldest friends, Jonah Porter (Sam Anderson). Also, Cameron is conflicted about whether or not to convince her client to testify against his own cousin in order to avoid jail time for a murder he didn’t commit.
Sadie confronts Billy about new evidence in the case against him, and his explanation disappoints her. Meanwhile, a piece of evidence surfaces and it could expose a massive scandal, and Cameron and Tiffany defend a psychic accused of grand larceny.
In the midst of Billy's trial prep, Isaiah and Sadie visit her mother, Carolyn, in prison after they learn important information regarding her former accomplice. Also, Cameron and Albert defend a transwoman arrested for stabbing a famous baseball player, and Cameron finally gives into her feelings for Peter.
Sadie must testify at Carolyn’s parole hearing on her qualifications as a mother, but a man from Carolyn’s past resurfaces, hoping to scuttle what may be her last chance at freedom. Also, Nick takes on his first case since passing the bar and is up against the DA who put him in prison, and Cam takes her relationship with Peter to the next level
When Albert discovers the truth about Sadie and Billy’s relationship, he steps in as first chair on the murder trial, fearing Sadie’s judgement is compromised. Also, Cam and Nick defend a client accused of conspiracy to commit kidnapping, Isaiah takes a break from the firm after the outcome of Carolyn’s parole hearing, and Tiffany tries to get over her ex-fiancé.
With opening statements looming in Billy’s trial, Albert and Sadie struggle to rebuild broken trust and do their best for Billy as the prosecution lays out a devastating case. Also, Peter and Cam face the first crisis of their budding relationship when Peter considers a run for District Attorney.
Billy upends his case when he chooses to go against the advice of Sadie and Albert and decides to testify in his trial. Also, Cam must decide if she will forgive Peter, and Nick and Tiffany defend a former prison friend of Nick’s
Sadie gives closing arguments in Billy's trial and the jury begins deliberating; Sadie learns about Carolyn's cancer diagnosis; Tiffany and Cameron defend a woman who murdered her best friend while allegedly sleepwalking.
After the verdict in Billy's trial, Sadie learns he has a secret that might have impacted his case; Billy contacts the governor for a favor.