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Civil Litigation

The roles of a civil litigation lawyer are usually broad and diverse. “Civil litigation” is an all encompassing term that covers nearly anything one would go to court for, but not including Criminal Law or niche practice areas such as Bankruptcy, Social Security, Patent. The types of civil cases Spresser Ogden can litigate for you include personal injury, medical malpractice, legal malpractice, employment related issues, fraud cases, contract law, corporate litigation/dissolution, and real estate related issues. Even family law (divorce) is considered civil litigation given a divorce is a civil lawsuit.

We Take The Tactical Approach In Civil Litigation

Abraham Lincoln once said:  “Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. As a peacemaker the lawyer has superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough.”  At Spresser Ogden, we have a stomach and attorneys for the fight, but at nearly every turn, the best advice is to “discourage litigation” and promote resolution.  Trial work is war and like war, it takes a toll on everyone involved.  Understanding that the vast majority of civil litigation cases never end in a court room, the approach must be tactical, measured, and within a budget so you are not throwing good money after bad.

At Spresser Ogden, we take our role as your representative seriously.  It is imperative we investigate your potential claim to not only uncover any possible pitfalls or shortcomings, but to evaluate the merit of the claims themselves.  Once we commit to filing a lawsuit on your behalf, or defend you against claims made against you, the litigation process can be long, intrusive, and stressful.  From engaging in “discovery” (essentially, exchanging any and all relevant evidence between the parties), to being deposed, hiring expert witnesses, gathering evidence, or filing numerous motion to narrow or resolve smaller issues, Civil Litigation is a marathon endeavor…one which Spresser Ogden has the experience and willingness to fight on your behalf.

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As much as you always have the right to represent yourself in any court matter, the real question is “Should you represent yourself?  No, if you can retain an attorney, you should.  It is also often said that you wouldn’t perform a surgery on yourself no matter how minor the procedure is so you should never go into court with out an attorney.  You can do a lot of damage to your case or legal rights without knowing it while representing yourself, ultimately making the job of representing you much more difficult – and more expensive – if you decide to hire an attorney after the fact.  

Spresser Ogden always has, and always will, provide you a free consultation regarding your any lawsuit or Civil Litigation matter you may be facing.  We do not believe that you should have to pay anything just to figure out where you stand legally and/or if you have a viable claim.  Giving you sound advice is our first priority, not charging you for the first phone call or an initial meeting.  

When it comes to fees, Spresser Ogden will provide a detailed and comprehensive Retainer Agreement to make sure you understand our business relationship.  You will get regular, itemized billing statements during your case that detail the work done on your behalf. This will allow you to see and understand the time and legal work you are paying for.

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