Litigation is the process of two parties resolving a dispute or coming to an agreement. This process involves multiple steps and can be negotiated through a private settlement or a trial.
The litigation process begins when a complaint is filed by a party. The party filing the complaint is known as the “Plaintiff.” The complaint names the opposing party (the “Defendant”), describes the facts of the disagreement and details the damages caused. Once the complaint is received by the Defendant a response to the complaint, called the “answer,” must be made.
The next step is the “pleadings,” which includes any legal documents filed with the court, including petitions, declarations, requests for hearings, motions, and more.
The next step in the process is the discovery. The discovery step is when all the facts involved in the lawsuit are investigated. During this step, information is exchanged between the attorneys of the plaintiff and defendant. This information often includes depositions, requests for admission, interrogatories, and requests to produce documents and evidence.
The final step before a lawsuit goes to trial is generally a conference between the parties and their attorneys. This meeting is an attempt to resolve some or all of the issues without going before a judge.
If a total settlement cannot be made without a judge, the lawsuit will go to trial. The outcome of these trials may be decided by a jury or a judge. During the trial, the evidence is presented by both parties. It is the responsibility of the Plaintiff to prove their case.
A litigator is an individual who manages a legal action against people and organizations from start to finish. The litigator is typically responsible for the entire investigation, including interviewing witnesses and hiring other professionals to testify on their client’s behalf.
An individual interested in becoming a litigator should earn a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four-year college, then attend a law school where they can study aspects of law and government. Torts and lawsuits should be the key focus of an individual hoping to be a litigation lawyer, like Karl Heideck. After law school, aspiring lawyers are required to pass the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination as well as the bar exam in their individual state.
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Karl Heideck is familiar with the litigation process and has had the education required to practice as a litigator. Based in the Greater Philadelphia Area, Heideck is experienced in litigation, compliance, and risk management review. Karl Heideck graduated from Swarthmore College in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Language and Literature/Letters. He then attended the James E. Beasley School of Law at Temple University where he earned the honor of Dean’s List in 2009.
After law school, Karl Heideck worked as an associate at Conrad O’Brien, then as a project attorney at Pepper Hamilton LLP. Today, Karl Heideck is a contract attorney at Grant & Eisenhofer, PA.
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