Focus on the Litigation Process and Karl Heideck

At some point in a business career or in life, the odds of suing or getting sued are very high. The litigation process has remained to be a mystery to a lot of people and it can be an intimidating and frustrating experience to any lay person. The litigation process proceeds through various steps: pleadings stage, discovery, trial and an appeal in some cases. This process is only necessary when the two parties to the suit cannot settle outside court and the matter has to proceed for full trial.

Litigation Process

Each party to a suit is expected to file their papers (pleadings) explaining their side of the story concerning the dispute. The complainant approaches the court first and serves the defendant with a copy of pleadings. The defendant is given some time to respond to the complaint raised and their counter-claims if any. After the two parties complete this, the various issues to be determined by the court are well defined. The suit proceeds to the discovery stage where both parties gather all the information they have concerning the case to ensure a successful litigation process.

After this stage, which is the longest in the process, the suit proceeds to the trial stage. At the trial stage both parties present their cases before a competent judge and adduce any evidence they wish to rely on. Litigators on both sides can question and cross-examine witnesses as well as protest the admission of evidence that they feel is not admissible.

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Who is a Litigator and the Education They Need

A litigator refers to a trial lawyer who is involved in the negotiations of disputes that end up in court. They can opt to specialize in real estate, contracts, personal injury or become generalists. In order to pursue a career as a litigator, you will require to complete an undergraduate degree to gain admission to a law school, attain a Juris Doctor and pass the bar exam.

About Karl Heidick

Karl Heidick is an attorney practicing in the Greater Philadelphia Area. He specializes in litigation, risk management and compliance. Karl Heidick is currently a contract attorney at Grant & Eisenhofer, PA from April, 2015. He reviews discovery materials for banking litigation and complex securities fraud. He focuses on issues touching on transactions, risk management, liquidity positions and acquisitions. Previously, Karl Heidick was a project attorney at Pepper Hamilton LLP from October 2010 to April 2014. Karl Heidick started off his career as an associate at Conrad O’Brien for eight months (January – August 2010). He represented individual and corporate clients in commercial litigation.