The word litigation describes the process of parties resolving disputes within the civil court system. The process starts when one of the parties consults with a lawyer about a legal issue. If the facts of the case warrant, the lawyer can send the other party a demand letter which tells them what the lawyer’s client is expecting in order to resolve the dispute. Most court cases are resolved long before they see the inside of a courtroom as both sides negotiate a settlement.
If the parties can’t agree to a settlement, the lawyer will file a lawsuit in court. Both sides have the opportunity to engage in discovery, which is where all the facts of the case are shared between the parties. If the parties still can’t settle than the case is heard before a judge who will make their determination about the case and what, if anything, the plaintiff is entitled to.
Karl Heideck of Philadelphia is a good example of someone that practices litigation. He earned his law degree at Temple University – James E. Beasley School of Law in 2009. He started his legal career as an Associate at the law firm Conrad O’Brien where he represented individuals and corporate clients that were involved in litigation. Some of Karl Heideck’s cases included SEC receivership, banking litigation, and white collar criminal defense.
After serving as a Project Attorney at Pepper Hamilton LLP for almost four years, Karl Heideck joined Hire Counsel as a Contract Attorney. He has continued to focus on banking litigation including complex cases of security fraud. Karl Heideck also specializes in compliance, risk management, and legal banking issues like transactions, liquidity positions, and acquisitions. While many of the cases Karl Heideck handles are settled through negotiations before they’re heard in a courtroom, he has represented clients before judges.