Litigation is when it is necessary to go to court to resolve a dispute or other issue. In general, litigation involves the following steps:
- Pleadings: The first stage of litigation is filing the basic “pleadings” with the Court. It’s our first chance to tell the Court what happened.
- Discovery: After the pleadings have been filed, each side has a right to “discover” what evidence the other side has to prove what it said in its pleadings. For instance, each side can require the other side to answer written questions, produce copies of documents, and give a deposition.
- Motions: “Motions” happen any time a party wants the Court to do something, like dismiss the case or order one side to provide more information to the other side.
- Trial: “Trial” is when you present all of your evidence to the Court for a decision.
In most cases, the trial is the end of the process. However, we also handle appeals as well as enforcement of judgments.
Brad, Scott and Jennifer are all litigators. How we are paid, depends on the area of law, as described above.