We do our best to resolve problems before litigation — whether that’s through long negotiations designed to reach the most desirable result or through mediation, we keep our client’s best interests at hand.
However, many times avoiding conflict is not an option, and we are ready to pursue litigation as aggressively as possible.
Our civil litigation team has broad experience in both trial and appeals courts. Our trial experience is extensive, and we’ve presented cases as both plaintiffs and for the defense. We have also been successful in appeals cases.
Our firm has filed appeals with the Pennsylvania Superior Court as well as with the Commonwealth Court. We help those appealing criminal convictions as well as those seeking relief from agency regulations.
Our litigation lawyers handle contract disputes ranging from disagreements over construction contracts or agreements to purchase real estate. As Christian attorneys, we have assisted businesses wishing to avoid lawsuits or court proceedings by participating in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) forums, including mediation and arbitration. When the courts cannot be avoided, we fight to see that your interests are protected.
Most Americans are victims of some type of crime at some point in their life. The criminal courts can provide some measure of justice; however, there may also be a remedy in civil court for those who have experienced loss from a crime. Our litigation attorneys have also helped victims of a crime in civil court find compensation for the terrible tragedy they endured.
A litigator is a description for an attorney who prosecutes on behalf of or defends a client in a legal proceeding or in court. A civil litigation attorney prepares documents and provides advice to clients before a trial or other legal proceeding.
More importantly, a litigator, having extensive experience and a good reputation in the courtroom, is a very effective negotiator.
All litigators are lawyers, but not all lawyers are litigators.
We are trusted, fearless litigators with an array of experience and great reputations within the legal field and the Lancaster community.
Civil litigation includes personal injury, breach of contract, workers’ compensation, and appeals. In a civil case, a wronged party or ‘plaintiff’ files a lawsuit accusing a defendant of misconduct. In a civil case, the standard of proof, or the information required to prove a case to a judge or jury, will determine the verdict. Typically in civil cases, plaintiffs will convince a judge or jury that their case is stronger with “a preponderance of evidence” – meaning that the judge or jury decides that the plaintiff’s statements are more likely true than false.
Criminal litigation cases can involve drug crimes, wrongful search and seizure, or other cases in which the state accuses a defendant of breaking the law and asks the court to determine some form of punishment including jail, probation, or a fine. The standard of proof that specifies guilt must be beyond a reasonable doubt since the punishment for criminal cases is more severe.
Litigation costs can have a large effect on a litigant’s access to the civil justice system. The costs vary from one case to another, depending on how costs are incurred throughout the litigation process. The highest litigation costs typically come from the discovery and trial stages of a lawsuit.
We do our best to outline all the costs, including taxes and fees, early on in the process to give you an idea of what may be needed to close.
The litigation process works by contesting and resolving disputes through the legal system. This process typically consists of 5 steps:
Investigation: A client approaches a civil litigation attorney with their dispute and the attorney collects any accessible documentation and evidence to build the client’s case.
Demand Letters and Pre-trial Negotiation: The attorney sends a demand letter that contains a compilation of the gathered information and a statement of desired compensation with the goal of convincing the opposing party (or defendant) that the accuser (or plaintiff) would win if the case went to court.
Out-of-Court Options or Alternative Dispute Resolution: If pre-trial negotiations are unsuccessful, the parties can still settle the case before going to court through out-of-court options. While these alternative dispute resolutions typically occur pre-trial, they can also happen mid-trial to save time and money.
Post-Trial Litigation: Litigation can continue, even after a trial ends. Lawyers can negotiate compensation payment and any other details required. After their legal dispute, neither party will accrue expenses and can follow the rules to close the case.