What is Litigation?
Lawsuits happen. From disputes over contracts, auto accidents, fights over business property, or employment matters, all kinds of disputes end up in Sacramento courts.
My approach to litigation is based upon aggressive representation of my clients' interests with an eye towards a reasonable outcome as soon as possible.
Litigation can be both costly and time consuming. A civil trial in California can easily take one to two years to finish.
It is always my goal to ensure that my clients' resources are being used appropriately at each step of the process. I engage early with my clients to determine the risks and rewards of proceeding with a lawsuit. Aggressive defense, mediation, or early settlement are all options depending on the nature of the lawsuit. I will advise you of your best options.
My law firm handles mostly defense work. I represent businesses and individuals in both state and federal court here in Sacramento. I do represent plaintiffs on select cases, depending on the facts and whether these matters can fit into the office schedule.
I am careful not to overbook my litigation calendar. This ensures that each one of my clientâ€™s cases receives the appropriate amount of attention.
What happens if I am being sued?
The most important step to take if you have been sued is to retain a good attorney. Not just any attorney will do. You will need to hire a lawyer that is skilled in trial work. My office can assist you through this challenging process â€” and help you resolve your court case.
Do not ignore a summons or a threat of a lawsuit. Failing to show up to court at the appropriate time can result in a "default judgement." This is when the other side wins by default. A default judgement can be very difficult to unwind later.
If you are being sued, or are thinking that a lawsuit might be the best way to accomplish your legal goals, please contact my office for a consultation.
Remember, if you are served with a lawsuit, you have a very limited amount of time to respond. Donâ€™t wait until the last minute to contact an attorney. Failing to respond will result in grave consequences.
Lawsuits are very complicated. I try to break things down in an easy-to-understand manner on my law blog. Here are some recent entries.