Litigation attorneys handle a host of responsibilities that depend on their type of clients. Some of the lawsuits they deal with include personal injury, real estate, and criminal. Most people associate litigation attorneys with court trials, but the truth is that a majority of civil cases don’t make it in front of a judge and jury. Most defendants opt to avoid lengthy trials and negotiate settlements with plaintiffs instead. For criminal matters, plea deals are preferable alternatives for most defendants.Investigation is one duty that every litigation lawyer must fulfill. Regardless of the gravity or type of case, an attorney has to collect facts and conduct research to strengthen the position of the defendant. Litigators must also be great negotiators, especially in personal injury cases where out of court settlements are a norm.
Lawyers who specialize in litigation can have their own practices or work in law firms. Some professionals also choose to join the public sector as district attorneys and prosecutors. The path that a litigation lawyer decides to take is largely based on personal preferences, skill, and expertise. An attorney with extensive knowledge in property law will thrive in the real estate department of a litigation firm. Some litigators end up working exclusively for large companies that need to have legal advisors on standby.
About Karl Heideck
Karl Heideck believes that picking a specialization in the field of law requires careful consideration of all the relevant facts. He advises new graduates to ensure that they get it right when applying for a first associate place in a law firm. That position sets the groundwork for your career. Karl is a litigator in the Greater Philadelphia Area with expansive knowledge in commercial litigation, product liability, and employment proceedings, among others. His current position at Grant & Eisenhower requires him to deal with securities fraud cases and banking litigation.After graduating in 2003 from Swarthmore College with a BA in English, Karl Heideck went to the Beasley School of Law, Temple U. He graduated with honors in 2009, and has been working in Philadelphia in various capacities as a litigator since then. Heideck believes in sharing his experiences to help upcoming litigators, and he does that through his blog.