The study of the law has a long and hallowed tradition, and even today, lawyers who work hard to uphold the law have a special place in our society.
Karl Heideck is a Philadelphia-based attorney who specializes in risk management and compliance. He is also a writer who is committed to communicating information about the practice of law to lay people as well as to aspiring litigators. He recently published a guide for new attorneys on how to find success as litigators. He also frequently is published in journals that discuss the law.
One of Heideck’s most recent publications is an essay on the practice of litigation, published on thereisnoconsensus.com. The article outlines in detail what the practice of civil litigation entails, in language that is understandable for lay people.
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Civil (non-criminal) law involves issues like white collar crime, fraud, malpractice cases, divorce, or child custody. Corporate lawsuits are generally civil suits, which is why many large corporations often have civil litigators on staff. Civil litigators usually work for large law firms, but they can also be regularly employed by banks, small law firms, or in private practice.
Litigators must do a lot of investigative work on their cases in order to settle them effectively. They need to know every detail of the case’s evidence so they can either defend their client or attack the case made against their client. Ultimately, the litigator will negotiate between their client and the other party’s representative until a settlement in the case can be agreed on. According to Karl Heideck, 90% of civil cases are settled before going to court. Though these cases still involve legal fees, the costs overall are much lower if the case is settled without having to involve the court.
There’s no doubt that Heideck’s work as a legal writer and communicator provides an effective service for young lawyers and anyone else interested in understanding more about the law.
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