Litigation lawyers also referred to as litigators, represent accusers and defendants in civil cases. They manage all the phases of the litigation process i.e. the initial phase of the investigation, making pleadings and discovery, the pre-trial, hearing, settlement, and appeal stages.
- The Initial Investigation
Here the litigation attorney determines if the case has enough evidence to file a lawsuit in the plaintiff’s case and the evidence that exists to defend a claim on the defendant’s side. The process involves looking for witnesses, making written statements, gathering the necessary documents, and finding the real facts that led to the dispute.
Here the attorney drafts a motion or plea on behalf of the plaintiff or defendant. Lawyers representing the plaintiff draft summons and complaints to file a suit while the attorney representing the accused collaborates with their client to investigate the allegations made.
The litigation attorney employs various methods (interrogation, requests, and depositions) to gain useful information for the lawsuit.
- The Pre-trial
The attorney makes consultations with clients and develops trial strategies based on the evidence obtained. He may also conduct pre-trial depositions from experts and key witnesses.
- The trial
Most civil lawsuits are settled before trial. However, where the case proceeds to a trial, the litigation lawyer chooses a jury and presents the case in court. He makes an opening statement, cross-examines witnesses, and gives a final declaration to woo the jury to rule in his favor.
- The settlement and appeal
The litigator makes negotiations and mediations with opposing parties. Where he does not obtain a favorable ruling at a trial, he appeals the case.
About Karl Heideck
After graduating from Temple University B. School of Law in 2009, Karl began practicing civil law. This was after earning an undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College. Today, Karl Heideck is a litigation attorney in civil law, focusing on compliance consulting and risk management advisory services. He registered with the Higher Council in 2015 and also practices corporate law, commercial litigation, product liability, and employment law proceedings. He has worked as an associate attorney at Conrad O’Brien and Pepper Hamilton LLP. Working at Conrad O’Brien exposed him to most of the litigation procedures. Being a prolific writer, Karl Heideck writes explicit pieces about current legal developments on his blog.General article.