The Law Firm of Patricia McCarthy handles jury and non-jury trials in state and federal courts in suburban Maryland and Washington, D.C., in a wide variety of areas. Patricia McCarthy is experienced in large and small cases, from auto accidents to breach of contract as well as family law disputes. She works with closely with clients to set and accomplish their legal goals. The firm also handles alternative dispute resolution, including counseling, settlement negotiations, mediation, arbitration, and private judging alternatives.
Civil litigation refers to a legal dispute between two or more individuals or parties, where it is not considered a criminal matter. A civil litigation attorney – often referred to as a litigator – will attempt to secure either financial recompense or specific performance for their client. “Specific performance” means that if an individual or company have breached an agreement, they will be required by a court of law to carry out the act originally set out in the contract. However, courts are more likely to award a compensation payment as retribution.
If you are considering bringing about a lawsuit, it is imperative that you seek advice from a litigator. The legalities surrounding a dispute can be extremely complex and it can take anything from a few months to several years to resolve a litigation lawsuit. Because this area of law is diverse, it is generally advisable to hire an attorney who specializes in an area which is pertinent to your case. For example, you may opt for an attorney who deals exclusively with workers’ compensation cases if you are in disagreement with your employer.
There are seven potential stages in the civil litigation process, and you will need support from your attorney for every step. The first few stages alone – which involve investigation, pleadings, discovery and pre-trial preparation – can take many months. These stages are followed by trial, settlement and appeal. Often, a settlement is reached before the case reaches trial. Appeals are rarely sought, but can greatly extend the process.