Civil Litigation Practice

People often ask what civil litigation means.

Quite simply, civil litigation is a lawsuit filed by one party (the plaintiff) against one or more other parties (the defendants). There are rules of procedure that must be followed, discovery procedures, and trials in both district and circuit courts. Along the way, all civil cases involve some form of alternative dispute resolution through mediation or a court-ordered settlement conference.

The standard of proof in nearly all civil cases is preponderance of evidence – meaning more probable than not. Some cases have a clear and convincing standard of proof, but those are few and your attorney can explain to you which types of actions require that level of proof.

This firm handles civil litigation cases involving the following matters:

  • Breach of Contract Disputes – both plaintiff and defense

  • Builder/Contractor disputes with owners – both plaintiff and defense

  • Commercial landlord/tenant matters representing landlords

  • Civil Forfeiture cases

  • Homeowners Association Matters

  • Condo Owner Matters

  • Personal Injury cases

  • Peace Order and Protective Order hearings

Other areas of civil practice the firm handles outside of litigation include estate settlements and advising businesses on various corporate law issues (reviewing employment agreements, leases, etc.). The firm also provides for the drafting of Wills, Powers of Attorney, Durable Powers of Attorney for Health Care, and Advance Directives (Click here to download will worksheet form). The firm is not currently accepting divorce or child custody cases.

Discuss your case with Steve by setting up a free, 20-minute consultation to discuss the facts of your matter.

If Steve can’t handle your matter, he’ll refer you to someone who can.