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Responsibilities of a Litigation Attorney


Litigation is the process of taking legal action. As such, a litigation attorney assists and works to resolve civil cases. This means, representing either the plaintiff or defendant, and proceeding to resolve the matter, which also often involves going to court.

The tasks a litigation attorney undertakes vary depending on the nature of the specific case and whether or not the litigation attorney is representing the plaintiff or the defendant. A litigation attorney, or litigation attorney South Africa, will often conduct an initial investigation, in the plaintiff’s case, to determine if enough evidence exists to file a lawsuit. In the case of the defendant, the litigation attorney will conduct the investigation to determine what evidence exists to defend a potential suit. The investigation may include finding witnesses, taking witness statements, gathering documents, interviewing the client and investigating the details leading to the dispute. Often times the litigation attorney will participate in pre-litigation settlement discussions to resolve the dispute before a lawsuit is filed. The process in which the litigation attorney proceeds include pleadings, discovery, pre-trail, trail, settlement, and appeal. Each of these stages deal with specific details with which the litigation attorney is responsible for.

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