Civil litigation is an area of law which involves disputes between individuals, entities, and/or both using courts or arbitrations for adjudication. For plaintiffs involved in a civil litigation matter, the objective is to right a wrong, honor an agreement, or obtain compensation for a wrongful act by the defendants. Conversely, defendants might seek to protect their rights in opposing a civil claim, defend against meritless claims, or to reduce or negate liability. Since civil litigation is an adversarial process, litigation attorneys must be willing to embrace conflict and controversy.
The Litigation Lifecycle
The lifespan of a lawsuit can range from several months to several years. The discovery process, which is a formal exchange of information and documents, is the longest and most labor-intensive phase of civil litigation. Contrary to the images portrayed by the media and film, most of the time spent in a civil lawsuit is devoted to the discovery stage as opposed to the trial itself.
Certain skills and knowledge are essential to operating a successful litigation practice, including possessing knowledge of substantive and procedural law; strong written and oral advocacy skills; analytical and logical reasoning abilities; ability to synthesize complex legal and factual information and materials; superior interpersonal skills; knowledge of legal research techniques and skills; client communication and development skills; and settlement/negotiation skills.
We diligently conduct thorough discovery and prepare extensively in preparation of trial. We keep our clients informed of every significant development and welcome comments and their involvement whenever possible to build a stronger case. When our clients have to testify at depositions, hearings, or trials, we thoroughly prepare them to increase the chances of a favorable outcome. As needed, we retain industry experts to assist with proving or disproving legal disputes.
Representative Litigation Cases
Guerra Law, APLC represents clients in diverse civil litigation areas, including but not limited to legal malpractice, broker malpractice, accountant malpractice, professional negligence, real estate litigation, landlord/tenant litigation, trust and estate litigation, police misconduct, contract disputes, civil conspiracy and theft, defamation, and tort litigation involving fraud or negligence.