Civil Litigation

Civil Litigation arises out of disputes between people, businesses or other entities, including governmental agencies. The purpose of Civil Litigation is to obtain compensation for injury as opposed to criminal litigation whose purpose is to inflict punishment.

The three steps in civil litigation are the pleadings, discovery and trial.

The pleadings are the documents that explain each side’s claims. Discovery is the method by which the parties gather relevant information to support their claims or defenses. The trial is that time when the parties present evidence in support of their claims or defenses to a judge or jury.

Serving pleadings, gathering discovery and preparing for a trial are all time consuming and very expensive, which is just one reason why most lawsuits settle without ever going to trial.

Negotiations begin, one side makes an offer, the other side accepts or rejects the offer, or makes a counteroffer. Eventually an amount of compensation to the wronged party is arrived at and the lawsuit is settled.

Aside from the time and money spent on a lawsuit, most people find that the emotional toll is a very high one and the total experience is really very unpleasant. Leslie recognizes that most people simply do not enjoy being involved in a lawsuit and employs negotiation and mediation to bring the opposing parties together to seek a resolution prior to going to trial.

Although Leslie is a skilled negotiator and trained as a mediator, sometimes a resolution prior to trial is just not possible. Throughout the entire process, Leslie remains a zealous advocate for her client and tries to orchestrate the best settlement possible for each client.