"Civil litigation" is a term which refers to legal matters that are initiated by filing a lawsuit. Civil litigation encompasses many legal practice areas, including personal injury, employment, contracts, property, and more. All court cases other than criminal prosecutions fall under the heading of civil litigation.
People may engage in litigation in order to recover money damages, such as for a breach of contract or personal injury. Litigation is also a means of compelling someone to take or refrain from certain actions. Often, before resorting to litigation, people and businesses try other means to resolve the dispute in question. Sometimes the other party simply does not respond until a lawsuit is filed and litigation begins.
At Schwartz & Park, L.L.P., we are skilled litigators with extensive experience in the Ellis County courts and civil courts throughout Northwest Kansas.
Litigation is an effective way to resolve disputes, but it is not always best for every client or every situation. Because of the expense, effort and time inherent in litigation, we make sure we understand our clients' needs and that our clients have a solid understanding of what litigation entails. Once our clients make an informed decision that litigation is right for them, we move forward with the process.
We also work with clients who have been sued, making sure they are aware of their options and working to protect their interests at every step. If you have been sued, you should contact an attorney immediately; if you don't respond to the lawsuit properly and in a timely fashion, your rights could be lost or compromised.
No matter whether you are the plaintiff (the party who initiates the lawsuit) or defendant (the party defending against the lawsuit), the litigation process can be very stressful. At Schwartz & Park, L.L.P. we make it a priority to remain accessible to our clients, responding to their questions, keeping them informed, and empowering them to make the best decisions possible throughout the litigation process. We handle all types of civil litigation matters, including:
Filing a lawsuit is the first step toward a trial on the matter in dispute, but not all litigation ends in trial. Most lawsuits actually resolve in settlement at some point before a trial. We are effective negotiators, and will work toward settlement if that is the most efficient way to achieve our clients' overall objectives. However, we also know that being thoroughly prepared to try a case puts our client in the strongest bargaining position. We will only encourage our clients to accept settlement if we truly believe it to be in their best interests.
Any licensed Kansas attorney can file a lawsuit. It takes an experienced attorney to win one. Civil litigation requires attorneys to make a constant series of cost-benefit analyses and judgment calls, and there is no substitute for trial preparation and courtroom experience when making these evaluations.
At Schwartz & Park, L.L.P. we don't just ask ourselves whether we can win a lawsuit for our clients; we also think about what winning means to our clients. Our focus is on protecting our clients' resources as well as their rights, and giving them the information they need to make the decisions that will best serve them. Our clients can be confident that they are receiving the best prepared, most dedicated advocacy available.
Whether you are considering filing a lawsuit, or must defend one, the experienced advocates at Schwartz & Park, L.L.P. can help. We invite you to contact us at (785) 625-0024 or via our online contact form. We look forward to working with you.