A litigator is a lawyer who practices law in a courtroom setting and can assist clients with prosecuting or defending lawsuits. Often, litigation specialists will appear in court rather than work on plea negotiations before a trial. At our firm, we understand that negotiation and litigation are both important, but that if you are facing a court date, it is better for you to have a seasoned litigator by your side.
Litigation attorneys are skilled at courtroom advocacy
- Trial lawyers who are skilled at litigation represent plaintiffs and defendants in civil lawsuits. They manage all phases of the litigation from the investigation, pleadings, and discovery through the pre-trial, trial, settlement, and appeal processes. Litigation attorneys in a plaintiff's case often conduct an initial case investigation to determine if enough evidence exists to warrant filing a lawsuit. In a defendant's case, we will assess what evidence exists to defend a potential or existing suit.
- Litigation attorneys might also draft a variety of pretrial motions, including motions to strike or dismiss evidence or to change the venue or location of the trial. Some of the most common motions include summary judgment as well as a motion to dismiss. Litigators must review all elements of the case to determine if there is a lack of jurisdiction, lack of evidence, settlement before trial, or other complications that could affect the trial process.
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How can Dubail Judge help me with Litigation?
After performing legal research, trial lawyers go to court to argue their client's case on their behalf to the judge or jury. The litigators at Dubail Judge have years of experience in the courtroom and are ready to answer any of your questions about the trial process from filing a claim to initiating trial proceedings.
What is the discovery process?
The discovery portion of a lawsuit involves the exchange of information between the parties. Litigation attorneys employ a variety of discovery devices to gain this information. For example, some methods include interrogatories, or a series of written questions that the other party must answer. Another example are depositions, which involve asking questions typically presented by an attorney in an office setting; usually the responses are sworn under oath and the deposition is filmed or recorded.
Other common methods of discovery include requests for documents that are in the possession of the other party as well as requests for admission.
If I hire a litigator, can my case be settled before trial?
Settlements are usually discussed or entered into to eliminate the risk and expense of going to court. Even if you have hired a litigation attorney, you can settle a case at any time during the course of your lawsuit.
Litigators will engage in negotiations with opposing parties and sometimes participate in mediation and settlement conferences with the judge. Lawyers can also create settlement agreements, releases, or other materials to document any agreement.