General Litigation Attorney

Many people are often surprised to learn that most lawyers rarely, if ever, take a case through a full trial.  While they are often reluctant to directly admit it, many attorneys have never tried a case.  Trial avoidance may very well be in your best interest, but it is crucially important to know that in your case trial is not being avoided due solely to attorney fear and inexperience.

Experienced trial lawyers make up a surprisingly small percentage of lawyers overall, but each partner at Kidd Corvery & Simpson can certainly count themselves one.  Each of us has acted independently as lead counsel in many trials, major and minor, from initial pleadings to final jury verdict.  If your case comes to require a trial to best protect your rights, you can be assured that Kidd Corvey & Simpson has the experience and know-how to see your case through to its conclusion.  Conversely, if you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of facing trial with counsel who has never done so, insist that your case not be their first time “trial run.”  Have them call Kidd Corvey & Simpson for litigation experience and guidance today. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is “Litigation”?

There are often many stages to a dispute. When people, corporations, businesses, or organizations disagree about something, there are often attempts and offers to work matters out before litigation begins. “Litigation” is a general term referring to legal matters after agreement has failed to be reached and a lawsuit is filed. Disputes are still often worked out as a matter works its way through the legal process, but litigation is basically the process of working a case toward a trial.

Don’t all attorneys know how to conduct a trial?

No. It is common misconception that if someone is a lawyer, they must spend a lot of their time in a courtroom conducting trials. This is simply not the case for many, if not most. The law has many specialties and often lawyers with many years of experience in their specialty have never (or very rarely) tried a case. They may be very good attorneys at drafting wills, closing real estate, or writing contracts, but if you are in serious legal dispute with the government or another person or company, you need a trial attorney. Most legal disputes end short of trial by settlement, but days before your case goes to trial is not the time to learn that your attorney has tried little to no actual trials.

If I need a lawyer to handle a dispute that I think could require a trial, what questions should ask potential candidates?

If you are in a dispute that you believe even has a slight chance of requiring a trial, ask you potential attorney about their specific trial experience. Ask about case names and types of cases. Ask about the length of trial. Ask how long its been since he or she tried a case. Do not accept generalities or evasive responses.

Is it always best to push legal disputes to a full trial?

Absolutely not. An experienced attorney will counsel you throughout the process and discuss each stage and settlement possibility in detail. If your matter cannot reach a resolution, however, then you are facing a trial and at that point it is crucial you have a lawyer who has been there before. It is not always in your best interest to go to trial, but it is always in your best interest to have a trial attorney in your corner at each stage of the litigation.

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