EXPERIENCED LITIGATORS

The term civil litigation refers to a legal dispute between two or more parties that seek money damages or specific performance rather than criminal sanctions. A lawyer who specializes in civil litigation is known as a "litigator" or "trial lawyer."  Our firm has several experienced litigators with decades of experience.  We represent clients across a broad spectrum of associated proceedings, including pretrial hearings and depositions, as well as arbitration or mediation before administrative agencies or court personnel.

TYPES OF CIVIL LITIGATION

Civil litigation encompasses a broad range of disputes.  Our litigators represent clients in the following practice areas: 

THE ROLE OF A CIVIL LITIGATOR

The role and responsibilities of a civil litigation attorney can be challenging and diverse. It is an adversarial process with two or more parties pitted against each other.  The attorney is his client's advocate, obligated to fight for him to achieve the best possible outcome on the client's behalf. Our litigators embrace conflict and controversy.  Our litigators possess the key legal skills needed to be effective: 

  • Knowledge of substantive and procedural law

  • Strong written and oral advocacy skills

  • Analytical and logical reasoning abilities

  • Ability to synthesize complex legal and factual materials

  • Superior interpersonal skills

  • Knowledge of legal research techniques and software

  • Client development skills

  • Negotiation skills

THE CIVIL LITIGATION CASE

Civil litigation can be divided into several stages, including investigation, pleadingsdiscovery, pretrial proceedings, potential settlement or trial, and even appeal. Discovery is typically the longest and most labor-intensive stage of a case. Unlike the way they're often portrayed on television, civil attorneys spend comparatively little time in trial. Much of their time is devoted to the discovery stage -- the exchange of information pertinent to the case through depositions, interrogatories, and subpoenas.

INSURANCE DEFENSE

We have worked with insurance companies to defend their insureds for over 20 years.  Insurance defense involves not only providing legal representation for insurance companies, but also to their clients. For insurance companies, the issues often include “bad faith” claims, breach of contract, or accusations of deceptive trade practices; for the insured, the issues commonly include accusations of professional negligence, responsibility for personal injury, scope of employment, or liability stemming from ownership of property (premises liability).