Specialty Area definitions
The emphasis of Civil Trial Law is placed on demonstrated experience and expertise in the actual trials of litigated disputes, in addition to evaluating, handling, and resolving civil controversies prior to the initiation of suit and prior to trial. This practice of law deals with litigation of civil controversies in all areas of substantive law before state courts, federal courts, administrative agencies, and arbitrators.
The emphasis of Civil Practice Advocacy is placed on the preparatory steps for resolving disputes before a tribunal, including litigation proceedings from inception of litigation through discovery, pretrial motions and hearings, and alternative dispute resolution procedures in all areas of substantive law before state courts, federal courts, administrative agencies, and arbitrators.
Complex Litigation references a category of court cases requiring intensive judicial management due to complexity resulting from one or more of the following factors: numerous parties (often represented by multiple attorneys); numerous separate cases (often from different courts) involving a similar set of facts or question of law that have been consolidated for pretrial or trial proceedings; complex subject matter, often involving extensive discovery and numerous expert witnesses; complex damage determinations or settlements for multiple claimants; and/or procedural complexity, such as complex choice of law issues for multiple parties or issues, complex diversity issues, complex public/private law issues, requirements for a class-certification order, or claim preclusion for plaintiffs not within a proposed class. Mass torts and class actions are examples of two types of well-known complex actions.
Criminal Trial Law is the practice of law dealing with the defense and prosecution of misdemeanor and felony crimes in state and federal trial and appellate courts.
Family Trial Law is the practice of law dealing with the litigation of legal cases arising from the family relationship of husband and wife, co-habitants and, parent and child. Included in preparation for litigation of the civil controversies arising from these relationships is: knowledge of the substantive law, evaluating, handling and resolving these controversies prior to the institution of suit and through post judgment proceedings.
Patent Litigation is the legal process to resolve a dispute when the owner of a patent of an invention enforces their rights by suing another person for making,
selling or using the invention without permission. Counter claims argue the validity of the patent.
The practice of Social Security Disability Law includes representation of claimants for disability, survivors’ and retirement benefits. Lawyers in this field routinely represent claimants throughout the administrative hearings and appeals process and into the federal court.
Truck Accident Law deals with the procedural, substantive and practical issues unique to collision cases involving commercial tractor-trailers, buses and other commercial motor vehicles and all of the people and entities in the transportation cycle.