Picture this situation: say you’re the owner of a company that was accused of selling a defective product. Rather than settle matters in court, the complainant demands that you pay him a huge sum of money for damages instead—something that you feel is a bit too much. You then explore your options and find other ways to reach a settlement, like providing a replacement product free of charge.
This is where’ll you need the expertise of a civil litigation attorney. ‘Civil litigation’ is a catch-all term for any legal dispute between two or more parties that result in settlements, rather than criminal sanctions. A civil litigation attorney is there to guide you through the process, from the submission of paperwork to the settlement process itself.
As you can see in the example, a civil litigation lawsuit can be settled in various ways, from monetary payments to a specific performance (i.e. the product replacement). Your attorney just has to explore every available option that you have, at least before your case reaches the trial stage.
Yes, you read that right. Although civil litigation lawsuits typically don’t end with a judge making a final verdict, sometimes they do, and can thus turn into a standard trial where criminal charges are possible. Thus, it’s important that your attorney is quick on his feet and has excellent logic and negotiation skills so that your case won’t have this outcome.