The job title sounds very exclusive, and rightly. These lawyers are the cream of the crop. While the majority of lawyers can handle small cases usually resulting in a settlement out of court, a litigation attorney specializes in the whole process of litigation from attorney consultation. They encompass everything your everyday attorney does.
Sometimes dealing with more than one case at a time, these attorneys are overrun with details, documents, facts, witnesses, plea, depositions and negotiations. They are the epitome of human multitasking. They work as part of a highly skilled, experienced and educated team. Their team consists of other attorneys and assistants all there to help them build a solid case and do the necessary research and investigation to make that possible.
A litigation attorney is an expert who provides legal help and handles the big suits. They are often filing a suit against more than one person or company during the one case. It could be a very high profile case that is expected to result in a lengthy trial. This is where their expertise and experience shine and they really stand out from their legal associates.
They will start by meeting with their client and a few members of their own team. Heavy questioning and interview techniques are used to ensure they are getting honest answers from their client without which they may not be able to successfully represent them. Once they have decided that there is a worthy case they can present they bring in the rest of their team to get started.
Week long meetings can occur to decide on possible arguments, responses to the opposing side’s inevitable claims and to start building the overall strategy of the case. The option of a settlement will be discussed and if it is refused or decided against they will proceed to pre trial preparations. A settlement can be agreed upon at any stage throughout the lawsuit so they will consider again if and when necessary.
Pre trial preparations involve conferences and meetings to finalize strategy. They will construction demonstrations or exhibitions they wish to use during the trail. Pre trial depositions from field experts and witnesses will be obtained. Final meetings with their client will take place as they prepare them for the high pressure situation of being before the court.
If again no settlement has been reached they will proceed to trial. The litigation attorney and his team will literally work around the clock to tweak their case and strengthen it with any new information coming to light in the courtroom. Preparation for the following day is made after court is adjourned each day and regular meetings with their clients are made a priority. What follows is just like in the movies, the examining and cross examining of witnesses, working to identify weakness in your opposition’s case and most importantly working to persuade the judge and jury of their client’s innocence through the evidence and testimony that has been presented in the trail.
The verdict by a judge is then handed down which can then be appealed. An appeal involves taking a few steps back and presenting the information and evidence again focusing on the reason for the appeal. At this time it is also possible to enlist the help of an appellate or appeal attorney.
After the trail or the appeal the life of a litigation attorney moves forward on to the next case with a little bit more experience. They are professionals to be well respected and admired for their level of skill and knowledge; there is no one that can compare to the expertise of an attorney specializing in litigation.