Litigation is the process of resolving disputes or responding to a complaint through the court system. Litigation law includes the rules and practices that are involved the process of solving disputes. Litigation is mostly associated with tort cases. However, litigation can apply in all kinds of cases, including contested divorces and eviction proceedings. Most people assume that litigation is the same as trial work. However, the process begins way before the first witness is asked to testify.
Most litigation cases make it to the courtroom. How do you determine if a legal matter is categorized as litigation? If there is potential of a lawsuit to be solved, such a case is considered litigated. If a lawsuit is not probable due to lack of controversy or agreement by both parties, the issue cannot be described as litigation. In federal courts, litigation is governed by several federal rules, which include the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, and the Federal Rules of Evidence.
Demand letters and initial negotiations are the first stages of a lawsuit. Here, both parties discuss the issue directly. After failing to reach a common understanding, they retain an attorney. The attorney investigates and sends a demand letter to the other party explaining what the party must do to avoid further legal action. If the party that receives the demand letter complies, the issue is settled at this stage. However, if it is not, they proceed to filling a lawsuit. Motions, trials and appeals follow this stage. Hiring a litigator, a professional who protects the rights of clients in courts, gives one an upper hand in any appeal.
About Karl Heideck
Karl Heideck is a highly experienced attorney in matters of compliance and risk management review. Currently, Karl Heideck is a Contract Attorney at Grant & Eisenhofer, PA. He is in charge of banking litigation and reviewing discovery materials for complex securities fraud. Karl Heideck focuses on issues connected to transactions, risk management, acquisitions, and liquidity positions related to the sub-prime banking crisis in 2008.
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Karl Heideck is an alumnus of Temple University at James E. Beasley School of Law. In early 2010, Karl worked for Conrad O’brien as an associate for eight months. Here, he was responsible for reviewing and analyzing discovery documents and government investigation. Later, Karl Heideck joined Pepper Hamilton LLP as a project attorney for close to four years. Here, he acted as a detail oriented and level quality control expert.
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