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LITIGATION STRATEGY AS AN ART
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Welcome. Whether you are the person filing or receiving the State or Federal lawsuit, our staff of San Diego trial lawyers can help. Our 27 years of experience as trial lawyers has taught us many tricks of the trade and we can share them with you to offer you the advantage you need. We have represented all sizes of companies with their problems and the fact that one of the country’s top negotiators is our lead attorney has helped tremendously…we rarely go to trial…we resolve the problem, and you save money and much more. We treat litigation as a war game…and with SanDiegoBizLaw, it’s all about strategy and a plan.
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Many trial lawyers treat a lawsuit as something they can work through over a long period of time in order to generate a large amount of fees. Don’t get us wrong, in some cases that lawyer is on the other side and he or she forces you into that position. However, there are a number of strategies you can employ in order to make it come to a halt more rapidly. Not all trial lawyers are aware of these methods, or can execute them with skill. We are business people first, lawyers second. We get the job done. We know you have better things to do and money is always an issue. However, you are in a lawsuit and need to deal with the issue. Call us to understand how our trial lawyers can be very strategic and stretch your dollars.
Before our San Diego Trial lawyers share our strategies with you, let us outline litigation. There is State and there is Federal litigation. Once a lawsuit, also called a complaint, is filed, you have a certain number of days, 30, in which to file an answer. Once an answer is filed, there is a long stretch between that period of time and the trial. In that time period, normally 2 events can take place: discovery, and motions. Discovery is where you obtain information about the other party’s case using a number of tools such as Requests for Admission Requests, for Production, Interrogatories, or Depositions. Motions are where you ask the court for something that you want to happen. Depending on how aggressive you want to be in discovery, your fees can stay low or get high. Without a certain amount of discovery, you will actually hurt yourself by trying to save money and it is not worth it. The key is knowing what to do and how.
Let’s say you want to file a lawsuit with someone who did something wrong. You can prepare a lawsuit and file it with the court, have it served, and away you go. Now you are forced into spending money. However, there are two alternatives: negotiation and creating a lawsuit without filing it (see below). At the end of the day, litigation is as much a game of strategy as it is a game of law. As they say, he or she who has the best lawyer wins; or another one is, whoever says you can’t have it all, hasn’t met my lawyer yet. There is an art to law. Our San Diego trial Lawyers are strategic and this is no different than a good chess game. Each move has pros and cons. You have to know what move to execute, how and when. This is where we shine. This is what we enjoy about our work.
One alternative is to have us negotiate the case. Negotiation is very different than arbitration or mediation. It is rapid (usually takes a week) and its goal is to preserve the relationship amongst the parties (which is why it is so useful in domestic disputes). Steven Riznyk has undone kidnappings, extortion, blackmail, and career destruction over the phone, in a week, with NO money changing hands (the hard part), so unless you have something that critical and complicated, we can probably negotiate your issues rapidly and to your satisfaction. Just something to think about. To learn more about negotiation, visit our Negotiation Page.
PREPARING A LAWSUIT WITHOUT FILING
Very few litigation attorneys will tell you about this because they cannot make a lot of money using this. However, what you can do, is prepare a fully-blown lawsuit and not file it. Now you have something to negotiate with as often what the other party wants to experience is that you have some grounds to stand on and they must know that you will pursue your claim. If that is the case, you will often find that simply preparing the lawsuit and sending it to them will do the job. However, if they do not comply both you and the other side realize that there will be consequences as this sort of maneuver has no value if you don’t later go through with it. If you bluff and the other party eventually takes action against you, they will later not believe that you will stand behind your word.
DISCOVERY IN LITIGATION
One of the tools we have found very useful is that of research. In one deposition our litigation attorneys conducted, we researched the person being deposed and his lawyer. When the critical time came in a deposition our litigation attorney presented a lawsuit that his lawyer had prepared ‘against’ him and had never served for whatever reason. He fired the lawyer and the case was settled in 5 minutes. The power of discovery is not just in finding out what every litigator can, it’s in finding out what takes work to discover. This is where we shine. We have a number of resources available, least of which the brilliant people who work for us and can cut to the chase of a complex issue in minutes to understand what is really at stake and what needs to be done to put the matter to rest. We are not here to churn the case and make money that way. We are here to get you the results you want so that you make SanDiegoBizLaw your first call when you ever need a trial lawyer in the future.
TO SAVE YOU MONEY WE CREATED ‘LUNCH OR DINNER WITH YOUR TRIAL LAWYER’
Our San Diego trial attorneys know you want to save money without cutting corners. Once hired and our lawyers are into the discovery phase of your case, you will receive an invitation to lunch or dinner. This allows you to spend a couple of hours with us at our expense, and we will go thorough the intricacies of your case so you are comfortable with where you are at- no cost to you, for the dinner or the legal time. You will not only meet with your litigator, but with the firm’s lead attorney.