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Anton "Tony" Adam, a successful lawyer on New York's Lower East Side, is asked by Granville Bentley to join an uptown firm. Tony's secretary, Olga Michaels, urges him to accept, but warns him to watch out for the ladies. Tony continues to win cases and starts to date Bentley's sister Barbara. When he defeats political boss Gilmurry in court, Gilmurry asks him to join his organization but is turned down. Later, showgirl Virginia St. Johns begs Tony to help her sue her fiancé, Dr. Gresham, for breach of promise. Flattered by her attention, Tony pursues the case despite warnings from Olga and Bentley. He learns his mistake when Virginia helps Gilmurry frame him for unethical behavior. He defends himself, but the jury cannot reach a verdict. Tony is neither acquitted nor vindicated and his partnership with Bentley is broken. He cannot find work. Although Barbara still believes in him, Tony breaks off his relationship with her, not wanting to involve her in his problems. Forced out of legitimate legal work, Tony takes every shady case that comes his way, charging high fees when he wins. Eventually he takes a case against Gilmurry. When Gilmurry tries to settle out of court, Tony agrees to accept the position of assistant district attorney. Now he plans his revenge on Dr. Gresham. Gilmurry warns him that Gresham is part of his organization, but Tony gets a conviction for fraud against the doctor. After his success, Gilmurry offers Tony a judgeship, but Tony turns him down to work as an honest lawyer on the Lower East Side. Olga, who has always been in love with Tony, accompanies him happily.