When the job that a lawyer does is thought of, a litigator is what most people think of. A stereotypical attorney with a law degree spending most of their time in courtrooms and a lot of lawsuits. Litigation, though, is actually a very large field and the description of a litigator can vary quite a bit.
Litigators represent the defendants and plaintiffs in civil cases. They manage the investigation, pleadings, discovery, pre-trial, trial, settlement and the appeal – or in other words, all of the phases of the process. What they exactly do, though, is very dependent upon whether they work at a small firm or are a sole practitioner, or whether they work at a large firm.
If at a large firm, they will have different duties based off of seniority. A lot of the first few months or years will be spent researching and writing memos. They may spend their first time in a courthouse just watching and when they get their first case, they may only be second chair. Time spent between each trial may be months. When working at a small firm, a lot of the job is a good mix of office work and time spent in the courthouse. If a litigator is working on a case that seems to be especially complex, they may seek help from another attorney who specializes in appellate practice.
Karl Heideck is a litigation lawyer based in the Philadelphia area. He received a degree in english and literature Swarthmore College and later graduated with honors from Tempe University Beasley School of Law. He specializes in compliance practices as well as risk management and he has many different skills in things like corporate law, legal writing, commercial litigation, product liability, employment law and legal research. Karl Heideck has been practicing law for over ten years.
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