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General Civil Litigation

“Civil litigation” refers to lawsuits brought in civil court, usually to establish a right or recover damages.  It is a broad category that encompasses just about every kind of law except criminal prosecution and defense. Contract issues, business disputes, divorce, employment discrimination claims, and car accident lawsuits are just some of the many types of cases that fall under the “civil litigation” umbrella.

A case can be large or small, complex or relatively simple, but if you are involved, you want your lawyers to be experienced, knowledgeable and attentive to your concerns.  At Schmidt, Rupke, Tess-Mattner & Fox, our lawyers have wide-ranging experience in handling various civil litigation matters. We will meet with you to carefully analyze all of the facts and will work with you to accomplish the desired result.

Civil litigation typically involves written documents (called “pleadings”), beginning with a complaint and an answer.  After the pleadings have been filed – or sometimes at the same time the pleadings are filed – the parties engage in “discovery,” which can include written “interrogatories” and “requests to produce documents” as well as sworn testimony, called a “deposition.”  Your lawyer will guide you through all of these documents to gather information you need to present your side of the case and respond as required to inquiries from the other party or parties.

Often cases settle before trial, and your attorney will help you with settlement negotiations and, if appropriate, mediation as a means to resolve a case without going to trial.  If your case does go to trial, you can count on our lawyers to provide you with strong, professional representation in court.

Whether you are starting a lawsuit or have been sued, contact us to provide the skilled representation and advice you want and expect of a seasoned trial lawyer.


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