Litigation attorneys represent everyone from criminals to real estate firms. They prepare these cases for trial but most are settled out of court. In criminal cases, defendants usually take a plea deal while in personal injury cases the plaintiffs usually accept a settlement.
The majority of civil litigation lawyers work with several other attorneys at a firm. In rarer instances, an attorney might have their own private practice or work at a boutique firm. Some work for the government but most commonly are employed in the private sector.
The first task in litigation is research and investigation. The attorney will need to collect documents and align all relevant details. They will then open a discussion with the other party’s attorney to try and reach a settlement. If a settlement cannot be reached, they will file with the court. The litigators then share important information related to the case in order to prepare for trial. Often times, a settlement will be reached during or after the pretrial stage. After a verdict is determined, there might be an appeal. This is where any issues not properly addressed can be outlined in more detail.
Karl Heideck, creator of the guide outlined above, mentions that the key to success in litigation is to be kind and considerate to everyone. It is important to be respectful and civil with fellow litigators, even those opposing you. Karl Heideck has found that being respectful to everyone results in a better chance of reaching an agreement or settlement.
Karl Heideck has worked in Philadelphia for over 10 years and specializes in litigation. He attended Swarthmore College where he earned his bachelors degree in 2003. He later went to James E. Beasley School of Law in 2009 and got his law degree. He was a project attorney for Pepper Hamilton LLP and held an associate position for Conrad O’Brien.
Karl Heideck has been a member of Hire Council since 2015 and provides risk management advising services. His litigation experience includes liability, corporate law, commercial, and employment proceedings. He is constantly learning and teaching others to expand their success in litigation.