What is a Litigation Lawyer?

A litigation lawyer or attorney is your legal confidant before, during and after your trial. They are also referred to as "trial lawyers" or "litigators" and may represent either defendants or plaintiffs in court. These lawyers assist with all legal proceedings of your case including investigating, settling and appealing the verdict if necessary.

Pre-Trial Planning

The first step of a litigation lawyer's process is to review all information about your specific case. For plaintiffs, the attorney determines if there is sufficient evidence to bring your case to trial. For defendants, the attorney determines what evidence is clear enough to file suit for and defend against. This process may include interviewing the plaintiff, defendant and all witnesses, collecting their client's documents and recording the facts that led to their client's initial claim. 

Pleading in Trial

The lawyer will work with either the plaintiff or defendant to create pleadings they may use during the trial. The plaintiff representative will bring forward their client's claims and any damages to the judge and jury. Prior to the trial, the defendant representative will go over the lawsuit and how to respond to the plaintiff's claims with their client. Litigation lawyers also layout possible motions for the court when needed to protect the rights of their clients.

Settlement & Appeal

To avoid any high risk or financial expense, litigators may settle their client's case at any time. They help you settle through negotiation with both the defendant and plaintiff, mediation gatherings with the judge and all involved parties and creating necessary documentation of the settlement decision. If a non-desirable verdict is reached in trial, a litigation attorney may choose to appeal the decision. Similarly to their trial preparation, an attorney will gather necessary facts and documentation, present them in appellate courts and hear a final decision.


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