Robert Hickey author of "Honor & Respect"
The traditional use of Esq. is in the U.S.A. is for others to add it to the attorney’s name when writing to a practicing attorney (e.g., on and envelope or on a letter) to note/specify that the attorney is being addressed in his or her role as counsel in litigation / as professional representation in a legal matter. E.g.:
—-Kenneth Millard, Esq.
Use of Esq. is important among the ethics rules of the legal profession which require communications from an attorney (on one side) be with the opposing side’s attorney rather than directly with the opposing side. By addressing the other side’s attorney as Esq., the person initiating the communication is being clear that he or she is following correct procedure.
However, traditionally Esq. is not used reflexively … that is, one does not call oneself an Esq. or present one’s name on letterhead or business card with Esq. following one’s name. Thus, on a business card or letterhead names of the principals, partners, associates, are be presented without post nominals:
—-Attorney at Law
J.D. is most often used in academic contexts. If you are the author of an article that’s published in an academic journal or teach at a university and are listed in the catalog, then using your specific academic degree is pertinent and traditional:
—-Kenneth Millard, J.D.
And finally: Esq. and J.D. are not used in combination. It is very, very, very rare for a person holding a J.D. to want to be addressed as ‘Dr. (Name)’. Dr. is not used after an attorney’s name in any circumstance.
—-—-—-– Robert Hickey How to Use Esquire or Esq.