Litigation Lawyers And Their Areas Of Practice

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

Lawyers play different roles in the legal world and most specialize in a certain practice. Some lawyers work on criminal cases, in either the prosecutor or defense attorney role. Other attorneys work on civil cases; these attorneys are known as litigation lawyers. What role do litigation lawyers play in court cases and what qualities does a good litigation lawyer have?

What role do litigation lawyers play?

Lawyers who specialize in litigation handle civil lawsuits. The person (or entity) bringing the complaint is usually known as the complainant or plaintiff. The person (or entity) against whom the complaint is being made is the defendant. A litigation attorney can represent either the plaintiff or the defendant in a civil suit.

Individuals, business entities, and nonprofit organizations can all be plaintiffs or defendants in civil lawsuits. Government agencies can also be plaintiffs or defendants, with an individual, business, or non-profit in the opposing role. In most cases, civil disputes are settled before reaching the courtroom. The litigation attorney can help negotiate a settlement outside of court.

What qualities does a good litigation lawyer have?

Litigation attorneys usually specialize in one area of civil law, such as business, real estate, personal injury, transportation, or employment law. It is important to assess the training and expertise that an attorney brings to their field. A good attorney in the litigation field brings certain qualities to their practice. The attorney should know the best way to negotiate and settle disputes without going to court. The attorney should always look out for the client’s best interests as well as the client’s wishes.

A litigation attorney should be able to communicate intricate legal concepts to clients in an easily understandable manner. The lawyer should have the legal knowledge to communicate and interpret legal decisions to the client and to the court.

A good litigation attorney must be persuasive in and out of the courtroom, to help bring the judge, jury, and opposing counsel to the client’s position. The lawyer must also be civil to all parties involved. Being confrontational may get a witness to release some information, but it will cost the attorney and his client since they may be seen as hostile.

The litigation attorney must come from a position of credibility in the legal community. Credibility is a quality that must be earned and cannot be bought. A good litigation attorney makes a promise and keeps it, inspiring confidence in clients. This lawyer is competitive, but approaches litigation to find a solution to a complex situation, rather than just beating an opponent in court. A good litigation attorney is fair, honest, and reasonable in the amounts charged to their clients and keeps communications open at all times with the client. A good litigation attorney can also effective try a lawsuit in court.

If you are in need of a good litigation attorney, contact Brown & Fortunato at (806) 345-6300. You can also connect with us on our Contact Us page. Our website offers a full review of our other practice areas. Feel free to visit our law offices at 905 S. Fillmore, Suite 400 in Amarillo, Texas.

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