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Litigation Lawyer

Litigation

Litigation is the action brought in court to enforce and protect a particular right of a plaintiff. A litigator is synonymous with the term trial lawyer who defends a plaintiff or the defendant in civil cases. Concerning litigation, it involves a series of steps that may lead to a court trial and for a resolution of the matter. 

Litigator – Trial Lawyer

What Exactly Does a Litigator Do

The best litigator aims to settle a dispute first through mediation, arbitration, and lastly, if needed, though litigation so as the save time and money. The alternatives to litigation (out-of-court settlement) usually save time and expense, and thus options should be evaluated early to allow for timely consideration and implementation. The litigator, i.e., trial attorney, before filing a lawsuit, will go through the initial case to determine if there is enough evidence to warrant filing a lawsuit.

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Litigation Process

The primary steps of the litigation process are condensed in the following:

Assessment: Review and Investigation

    1. Locating witnesses
    2. Taking witness statements
    3. Gathering documents,
    4. Interviewing the client
    5. Investigation facts leading to the dispute

     

    Drafting Pleadings: Pleadings are an integral part of any litigation, regardless of the nature of the subject matter.

    Here at Hess-Verdon, our litigation lawyers drafting pleadings receive particular attention because they may substantially impact the outcome of the case. The overview of the structure of the document and strategic issues must be concise and highly focused such that the critical issues are at the forefront.  

    Key takeaway: Every pleading should “stand-alone,” meaning the court can rule in a single document and not make it a hunt through the court jacket for finding necessary information buried deep in other pleadings.

    Writing a novel for a trial judge where they are busy with countless cases is unproductive; therefore, a brief, direct, and precise pleading will only play in your favor. Call our litigation attorney’s today for a second opinion case review. Call 888-318-4430.

    During the pleading phase, the plaintiff files a complaint with the court and formally delivers a copy to the defendant. The complaint describes the grievance where the defendant did or failed to do that caused harm to the plaintiff and the legal basis therein.

    It is at this time; the defendant will be able to file an answer to the complaint. There is a specific time allotted to file a response. Moreover, the defendant may also file counterclaims against the plaintiff for harming the defendant and should be held liable for that harm. 

    Should the pleadings not result in settlement of the issues, the plaintiff must begin the discovery process (litigation process) with the help of an expert trial litigator.

    Discovery – Pre-trial phase

    Interrogatories: Sending to the defendant written questions seeking information on the disputed issue.  
        1. Note: the defendant is also permitted to use discovery to learn more about the plaintiff’s case.
        2. It can become complicated with multiple sub-parts.
        1. Some states limit the number of interrogatories.
        Requests for production of documents
            1. It is used to obtain physical evidence, including electronically stored information.
            2. It can be directed to non-parties and obtained through a subpoena.
            Request for admissions
                1. Similar in some respect to interrogatories but different in form and purpose. Admissions are in the way of declarative statements.
                Depositions
                    1. Depositions are the process of taking live testimony from parties and witnesses before the trial.
                    1. The witness or party is required to testify under oath.
                    2. During the discovery phase, and depending on the complexity of the case, it can take weeks or even years based on the level of cooperation between the parties.

                    Discovery, however, is not without limits. There are types of information such as attorney-client communications, the conversation between spouses, trade secrets, and work product of the opposing party and their litigation attorney.

                    E-discovery (electronic-discovery) refers to the discovery of information stored in electronic format. (ESI)

                    Pre-Trial

                    After discovery, and weeks preceding trial, the litigation lawyers will consult with and advise their client(s), retain expert witnesses, attend pre-trial conferences, to develop trial litigation strategies based on the facts and evidence collected during the discovery phase.

                     

                    Trial: 

                    When one thinks of trial, one considers sitting in the court and being cross-examined. But there is a step just before trial in which the trial litigators select a jury. During this time, the litigators are busy around the clock jockeying for position and hoping to settle before trial. The litigators will engage in negotiations with opposing parties and can participate in mediation and settlement conferences with the judge. 

                     

                    Drafting Pleadings: Pleadings are an integral part of any litigation, regardless of the nature of the subject matter.

                    Drafting Pleadings: Pleadings are an integral part of any litigation, regardless of the nature of the subject matter.

                    Here at Hess-Verdon, our litigation lawyers drafting pleadings receive particular attention because they may substantially impact the outcome of the case. The overview of the structure of the document and strategic issues must be concise and highly focused such that the critical issues are at the forefront.  

                    Key takeaway: Every pleading should “stand-alone,” meaning the court can rule in a single document and not make it a hunt through the court jacket for finding necessary information buried deep in other pleadings.

                    Writing a novel for a trial judge where they are busy with countless cases is unproductive; therefore, a brief, direct, and precise pleading will only play in your favor. Call our litigation attorney’s today for a second opinion case review. Call 888-318-4430.

                    During the pleading phase, the plaintiff files a complaint with the court and formally delivers a copy to the defendant. The complaint describes the grievance where the defendant did or failed to do that caused harm to the plaintiff and the legal basis therein.

                    It is at this time; the defendant will be able to file an answer to the complaint. There is a specific time allotted to file a response. Moreover, the defendant may also file counterclaims against the plaintiff for harming the defendant and should be held liable for that harm. 

                    Should the pleadings not result in settlement of the issues, the plaintiff must begin the discovery process (litigation process) with the help of an expert trial litigator.

                    Discovery – Pre-trial phase

                    Interrogatories: Sending to the defendant written questions seeking information on the disputed issue.  
                        1. Note: the defendant is also permitted to use discovery to learn more about the plaintiff’s case.
                        2. It can become complicated with multiple sub-parts.
                        1. Some states limit the number of interrogatories.
                        Requests for production of documents
                            1. It is used to obtain physical evidence, including electronically stored information.
                            2. It can be directed to non-parties and obtained through a subpoena.
                            Request for admissions
                                1. Similar in some respect to interrogatories but different in form and purpose. Admissions are in the way of declarative statements.
                                Depositions
                                    1. Depositions are the process of taking live testimony from parties and witnesses before the trial.
                                    1. The witness or party is required to testify under oath.
                                    2. During the discovery phase, and depending on the complexity of the case, it can take weeks or even years based on the level of cooperation between the parties.

                                    Discovery, however, is not without limits. There are types of information such as attorney-client communications, the conversation between spouses, trade secrets, and work product of the opposing party and their litigation attorney.

                                    E-discovery (electronic-discovery) refers to the discovery of information stored in electronic format. (ESI)

                                    Pre-Trial

                                    After discovery, and weeks preceding trial, the litigation lawyers will consult with and advise their client(s), retain expert witnesses, attend pre-trial conferences, to develop trial litigation strategies based on the facts and evidence collected during the discovery phase.

                                     

                                    Trial: 

                                    When one thinks of trial, one considers sitting in the court and being cross-examined. But there is a step just before trial in which the trial litigators select a jury. During this time, the litigators are busy around the clock jockeying for position and hoping to settle before trial. The litigators will engage in negotiations with opposing parties and can participate in mediation and settlement conferences with the judge. 

                                     

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