The concept of civil litigation started in England in the late 1700’s. During that period of time there was a need to separate crimes against the state and injuries that were caused to individual families or persons. Civil litigation can be loosely defined as a legal process in which criminal charges and penalties are not at issue. The attorney is his client’s advocate, obligated to fight for him to achieve the best possible outcome on the client’s behalf. Lawyers specializing in this field must be willing to think, investigate, argue and have a great knowledge of all the Rules of Civil Procedure and the Rules of Evidence.
Civil litigation encompasses a broad array of legal matters but generally is a dispute between one or more persons or parties that involves damages, injunctive relief, and/or specific performance. Civil litigation can be divided into several stages: onset with filings/pleadings, discovery, pre-trial negotiations and/or mediation, settlement, trial, and the appellate process.
Our team is experienced in all phases of the civil litigation process, whether it is the intricate and detailed discovery process, the negotiation phase, or the trial. We pride ourselves in not only achieving our client’s objective but also meeting our clients’ needs on the path to get there.
A lawyer who specializes in civil litigation is known as a “litigator” or a “trial lawyer.” He represents clients across a wide spectrum of associated proceedings, including pretrial hearings and depositions, as well as arbitration or mediation before administrative agencies or in courtrooms.