Civil Litigation

Civil litigation runs the gamut from a basic marriage dissolution to a complex, mass torts case with multiple plaintiffs and multiple defendants with millions of dollars at stake. In fact, any legal issue can be litigated. For example, while the probate process is generally transactional, a will can be contested and the dispute can be settled in court. While there is a very structured set of procedures in the litigation process, it can also be an amoeba–that is–the case can take twists and turns, and change in ways you don’t anticipate. The best litigators are prepared, and not easily rattled by the unexpected. For many lawyers, it is their client’s goal not to go to trial. In fact, most issues filed in court conclude in settlement. Once in the courtroom, however, the litigator is a legal specialist who combines oratory skills with legal analysis and crossexamination to convince a judge and/or a jury of his or her client’s position.

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