civil litigation

Civil Litigation

The attorneys at Martin Foldie Law have the case knowledge and judicial experience to meet your civil litigation needs. We take pride in our ability to negotiate and advocate for your needs and are dedicated to fighting for just outcomes that make you whole.

Litigation Court Process

The court process can be broken down into several stages, each of which plays an important role in achieving the best possible outcome. Depending on the client’s unique situation, not every stage may be required during civil litigation.  



As the preliminary stage, the investigation is performed by the litigation attorney in order to determine whether there is cause for a case or ample evidence to form a sound defense. The type of evidence gathered and reviewed varies, and can include speaking to witnesses, interviewing the client, gathering documents, and investigating all aspects of the dispute.  



In this stage, the initial pleadings are drafted. Pleadings help attorneys determine which information to strike or amend, motions that need filed, and whether to request a venue change. In addition, these aid attorneys in formulating arguments and creating rebuttals to any allegations made against the client.  



The discovery stage is the longest stage of the litigation process. While the investigation stage allows attorneys to gather information, the discovery stage provides a more in-depth look at the case. This includes interrogation, request for admission, and examination of physical evidence. The discovery process allows attorneys to identify and address any issues pre-trial.  


Pre-trial Proceedings 

The pre-trial proceedings are an important step when moving forward with civil litigation. In this stage, attorneys continue to examine evidence and finalize their arguments, process, and motions outlined during the pleadings stage.  




Once all the evidence has been gathered and examined, and your case is formulated, the next stage can go one of two ways:  


  • If you choose to proceed to trial, your attorney will craft an argument that provides the best opportunity for you to win your case. During the trial, your case will be presented to a judge and jury, who will then dictate the outcome. 


  • It is possible to reach a conclusion without going to trial. If both parties agree to terms through negotiation or mediation, a trial will be avoided. 


If the trial does not produce a favorable outcome, you have the right to appeal the decision. Your attorney will re-examine all evidence and craft new post-trial appeal arguments and motions in preparation for the appointed appeal date.  

Types of Civil Litigation

There are numerous forms of litigation that Martin Foldie Law specializes in.
These include:
  • Anti-Trust  
  • Construction Liability 
  • Divorce Lawsuits 
  • Environmental Disputes 
  • Intellectual Property Disputes 
  • Landlord/Tenant Disputes 
  • Medical Malpractice Claims 
  • Personal Injury Claims 
  • Product Liability Lawsuits 
  • Real Estate Lawsuits 
  • Worker’s Compensation Claims




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