Thursday, July 9, 2009

What is a Litigation Attorney?

I suspect I will get comments from other lawyers about the difference between a a litigation attorney and a trial lawyer. Relax. I did not write this post for us lawyers but for the non-lawyers. (For the record, I do think of myself as a trial lawyer and not a litigation attorney). And, Attorney at large, has written a good article for laypeople about what litigation attorney or a trial lawyer does:

What Does A Litigation Attorney Do, Anyway
Litigation Takes A Long Period Of Time.

Very rarely does the litigation process go quickly. It’s not that litigation attorneys don’t want to expedite the process as much as possible – it’s just that there are an unbelievable number of details and legal procedures that have to be followed in any type of litigation. Court systems and their rules also introduce their own level of bureaucracy that only extends the amount of time needed for litigation attorneys to cover all the bases necessary.

Again, litigation is a very complicated process. While it might sound simple to simply carry a lawsuit through the court process, every experienced litigation attorney knows that this is just not the case at all!