It is no secret that disputes can be extremely disruptive to individuals and businesses. While these disputes are costly and disruptive, they are oftentimes unavoidable. Whether you are the one being sued, or the one doing the suing, you need an avid proponent on your side with the experience and commitment to advance your interests in a cost-effective yet aggressive manner.
When litigation is inevitable the first choice you need to make is whether you want a litigator representing you, or a trial lawyer. What’s the difference? Trial lawyers battle it out in the courtroom. Litigators dance around it.
Litigators are the lawyers that spend exorbitant amounts of time drafting everything from pleadings, motions, discovery requests, discovery responses, and endless client update letters. To the average client, they prove their worth by billing as many hours as possible. You get what you pay for, right? Not always.
More often than not a client comes to us after having spent the last year paying a “litigator” anywhere from $50,000 to $120,000 to litigate their case. After reviewing the case file I see a complaint, a few discovery requests, dozens of “meet and confer” letters, various client update letters, a few motions to compel, maybe a deposition transcript and a recommendation from the former lawyer to settle the case. In other words, the client is out a large sum of money but has very little, if anything, to show for it. This is what litigators do. They work up a case, make a recommendation to settle it and go to Happy Hour. If the client refuses to settle it, you will more than likely see the litigator bring in another attorney to actually try the case. This means that you are paying for two, or more, people to fully understand the intricacies of your case, not just one.
Trial lawyers, on the other hand, bring a different mindset to the case. Every dollar spent on the case is done with one goal in mind: winning the trial. Trial lawyers do everything the litigators do but have experience actually trying cases to verdict. They are not afraid of the courtroom. In fact, we relish it. You will hear many attorneys say that trial skills are a dying art form because so few cases actually go to trial. Who needs trial skills these days they say. However, who do you think is more likely to get better settlement offers during the course of a case? The litigator with very little, if any, trial experience or the seasoned trial veteran?
We are trial lawyers. Hire accordingly.
Proper Defense has earned a reputation as an effective litigation boutique law firm. We have achieved positive outcomes in a vast range of complex legal disputes for our clients in state and federal courts, private arbitration, administrative proceedings, and appeals. We take a proactive approach with our cases. Whether we are on the defense or plaintiff side we aim to be offensive throughout the duration of the case. Due to our size, organization and culture we are able to respond to our client’s needs quickly and efficiently without having to rely on inefficient duplication of efforts. We do all of this while keeping an eye on the bottom line and coming up with creative “outside-the-box” fee structures, individually structured for each of our clients.
Due to Proper Defense’s vast experience in individual, business and criminal matters it allows for focused client representation on every case it handles. With our proven ability to resolve cases efficiently while still obtaining positive results at trial, we are able to familiarize ourselves with the individual needs of each and every client.