Litigation Lawyer in Washington, D.C. & Virginia
Effectively Representing Our Clients’ Interests In & Out of the Courtroom
Whether you are the plaintiff or the defendant, when you are part of a civil lawsuit in Virginia, you need a knowledgeable litigation attorney with courtroom experience to guide you through the process from filing the complaint to the trial. A civil lawsuit can be costly and have long-lasting effects on your finances. Ninety-five percent of attorneys never present a case in front of a judge or jury, but the attorneys at S.L. England, PLLC, have the courtroom experience to best protect your interests.
The Litigation Process
Litigation begins with the plaintiff filing a Complaint and serving it on the defendant. The defendant then files a response within 21 days of being served. This response includes the defendant’s objections to the complaint and any counterclaims against the plaintiff. If the defendant fails to respond, the court may issue a default judgment in the plaintiff’s favor, so if you have been served with a civil lawsuit, you should contact a litigation attorney immediately.
The next step in a civil lawsuit is Discovery, where both sides use interrogatories and depositions to gather information about the case. Settlement negotiations may occur during this time. If the parties are unable to reach a settlement out of court before the trial date, a judge or a jury hears the case and makes a determination based on a “preponderance of the evidence.”
Although exact timelines vary by jurisdiction, in District Court and Circuit Courts in Alexandria & Washington, DC, the time between filing the complaint and the trial is approximately one year.
Types of Litigation
The litigation attorneys at S.L. England, PLLC, represent plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of civil cases, including, but not limited to:
- Major Business Disputes
- Breach of Contract
- Breach of Fiduciary Duty
- Employment Disputes
- Mechanic’s Liens
- Consumer Protection
- Insurance Disputes
Do You Need a Litigation Attorney?
Whether you are the plaintiff or the defendant in a civil lawsuit, you need an aggressive attorney to fight for you. Civil lawsuits can have serious effects on your finances for many years. Each civil case is unique, and the experienced litigation attorneys at S.L. England, PLLC, have the courtroom experience necessary to present a strong case to the judge or the jury.