Civil litigation is a legal dispute between two or more parties that seek money damages or specific performance rather than criminal sanctions. Civil litigation covers a broad range of disputes including but not limited to, debt settlement, personal injury, neighbor disputes, defamation actions, employment disputes, negligence actions, and discrimination litigation. Lawyers who practice civil litigation represent parties in trials, hearings, arbitrations and mediations before administrative agencies, foreign tribunals and federal, state and local courts.
Civil litigation can be divided into seven stages: investigation, pleadings, discovery, pre-trial, trial, settlement, and appeal. Not every lawsuit passes through each stage of litigation; most lawsuits are settled prior to trial and many cases that reach a trial verdict are not appealed.
Contrary to the image portrayed by television, civil litigators spend little time in trial; most time is devoted to the discovery stage of litigation. Also, the lifespan of a lawsuit can range from several months to several years. Complex civil litigation often takes years to pass from pre-suit investigation through trial/settlement.
The role of the civil litigation professional is challenging and diverse. To succeed in your case, it is important that you partner with your attorney for maximum results. You hold the information that the attorney needs to prevail at trial in your behalf. Hence, it is vitally important that you retain an attorney that you like, respect, and that you can communicate openly with. The Law Office of Adam Jay Jaffe has the trust of our clients because we have the essential skills to litigate on behalf of our clients:
• 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;
• Excellent legal research techniques and access to legal research software;
• Client development and communication skills;
• Negotiation skills
The Law Office of Adam Jay Jaffe will do all it they can to make sure you receive the full compensation – or best defense – that your case deserves. It is our goal to resolve your claim as quickly and efficiently as possible, and provide you with the best results. To learn more about civil litigation, contact us right away at (619) 810-7964 or email us.