A litigation lawyer helps clients file lawsuits to protect their legal rights in court. They can also help negotiate settlements out of court if that’s the best option for their client. They’re skilled in drafting pleadings, conducting discovery and pre-trial, trial and post-trial litigation. They’re experienced in various areas of law including civil rights, commercial disputes, criminal defense, and personal injury cases such as motor vehicle accidents.
How does the litigation process work?
Litigators begin their career by evaluating whether there’s enough evidence to bring or defend a case. They conduct a factual investigation by contacting witnesses, investigating the underlying facts and analyzing the legal implications of those facts. They must be able to communicate effectively and think quickly on their feet to be successful in this field.
They must be able to work closely with their clients and experts in crafting a trial theme, identifying strengths and weaknesses of the case and creating appealing arguments. This requires them to work around the clock. At the trial, they’ll give opening and closing statements to a judge or jury, examine and cross-examine witnesses, and craft their version of the story using evidence and testimony.
When the case ends, they must ensure that all parties abide by the court’s decision. This may require them to draft post-trial motions, identify and preserve issues for appeal, develop appellate strategies and prepare for oral argument before an appellate court. Top litigators are well-versed in e-discovery and the use of technology in the courtroom, including videoconferencing and digital presentation of evidence.