A litigation attorney acts as a representative of clients in civil cases. Up to 90% of most civil cases do not proceed to trial. In such situations, the lawyer manages the litigation process including out of court settlements and plea deals. Most litigation attorneys prefer to work for established firms while others venture into private practice.
The lawyers can choose to work for nonprofits, governments or the private sector. For you to qualify as a litigator, you can specialize in different areas of civil law including employment law, business law, patents and real estate among others. If you choose to work with the government, you will most likely delve into criminal law as district attorney or prosecutor, and if not, you serve with municipalities or the various attorneys’ offices in the US. Large corporations and private sector institutions offer employment opportunities for litigators within their organizations.
As a civil litigator, your duties will include investigation; collecting the evidence based on the case including statements, and records. Once you have built a strong case, you will contact the other party’s representative to negotiate a settlement. However, if there is no settlement agreement you will have to file a case using the necessary pleadings and motions.
During the discovery phase, information exchange between the two parties starts. Also, at this time you can file additional information. Afterwards, preparation for trial commences. You have to prepare the most substantial argument that is backed with facts and evidence to win the case. In cases where litigators are not satisfied with the ruling, they can appeal.
Karl Heideck’s pursuit is to help other litigators excel in the field. He published a guide for aspiring attorneys specializing in litigation. Some of the tips he gives these lawyers are to strive to stay honest, respectful, and kind as well as develop valuable networks. Karl also emphasizes the need inquisitiveness in the field. Before, deciding the area of specialization, Karl advice upcoming lawyers to research and think through their decision.
Karl Heideck is compliance and risk management attorney based in Philadelphia. He is an experienced litigator listed with Hire Counsel. Karl is also knowledgeable in employment law, commercial litigation and corporate law. He is an alumnus of the James E, Beasley School of Law, Temple University and Swarthmore College.