What types of civil litigation does our firm handle?
Civil litigation is a broad category that would include any non-criminal legal matter. My firm focuses primarily on business and real estate related disputes. Examples of matters I handle include, but are not limited to:
- a claim from a home seller that a real estate agent failed to properly market the property
- a dispute with a contractor over the quality of work performed
- a dispute arising from a homebuyer that refuses to complete the purchase of a property
- a dispute arising from the failure to disclose certain defects in a home
- a dispute arising from a failed business transaction or partnership
- a dispute arising as to the distribution of assets from a real estate investment
- a dispute regarding the ownership of a home or other building
- a dispute related to the property line between two properties
- a dispute related to the failure of a homeowner to pay for work performed on his or her home
- a dispute related to a commercial lease
- a claim related to defects in a new home
What types of civil litigation matters does your firm not handle?
In order to provide the best legal services possible to my clients, there are certain types of litigation that I do not handle. These disputes include, but are not limited to:
- a claim of legal malpractice by another attorney
- a claim of medical malpractice against a doctor or medical provider
- a claim related to an auto accident
- a claim related to a slip and fall
- a claim by a tenant against a residential landlord
- a claim related to employment discrimination
- a claim related to elder abuse
- a claim related to a defective product
- a claim based on a claim of libel or slander
If you are needing assistance in an area of law that I do not practice, please visit the legal referrals webpage for assistance finding an attorney who can handle your matter.
Do you represent plaintiffs or defendants?
I represent both plaintiffs and defendants in civil litigation matters. By representing both sides of a litigation matter, I am able to provide a perspective that may not be held by attorneys who specialize in one aspect of litigation. For example, I have represented both buyers and sellers in claims regarding the failure to disclose defects in a home. As I have represented both sides in these type claims, I can advise borrowers how a seller’s attorney would look at the claim and advise sellers on realistic expectations for the litigation.
How long does a civil litigation take?
The court process does not move quickly, but the timeline for each case will vary significantly. For cases involving small disputes, the matter may be resolved in six months. Larger disputes may take a year or longer. In addition to the size of the dispute, factors such as what motions are filed by the opposing parties, what discovery is conducted, and the court’s calendar can all play a role in the time it takes to resolve a matter. For these reasons, it is important to fully discuss your situation and to consider the cost of litigation versus the value of the dispute. If the dispute is only over a few thousand dollars, it may not make sense to proceed to litigation. However, if the damages are significant, litigation can be a critical option for recovering what is owed to you.