During the trial, Kevin believes his client is guilty. During a recess, a reporter speaks to Kevin briefly in the restroom and tells Kevin that "nobody wins 'em all." Kevin still decides to go forward and wins the case after a harsh cross-examination of the young witness that destroys her credibility.
At a celebration after the conclusion of the trial, Kevin is approached by a representative of the law firm of Milton, Chadwick & Waters, who offers him a large sum of money to help the firm with a trial. Kevin accepts the offer and he and his wife, Mary Ann, depart for New York. After successfully performing the task, and because of his good track record of having never lost a case, he is made an offer by John Milton to join the firm, for a large salary and a swank apartment. Kevin accepts.
Kevin has begun to spend much time at work and less time with Mary Ann. She feels out of place and abandoned.
Kevin's next assignment is defending Alexander Cullen in a high-profile murder trial. This trial is even more demanding of Kevin's time, making him separate more from Mary Ann. He is also having fantasies about Christabella Andreoli, a beautiful co-worker. The alienation between Kevin and Mary Ann is further compounded when Milton tempts Kevin with various vices. Mary Ann starts to show signs of a serious mental illness.
Milton suggests that Kevin step down from the trial to look after his wife, saying that "the world would understand", but Kevin decides to go forward.