Civil Litigation Attorney – Maryland DC Virginia
|Whether representing a small business regarding a legal business dispute, an individual facing a civil lawsuit in Circuit Court, a home builder or home owner needing to file a construction lawsuit, a whitewater rafting outfitter facing a liability dispute, or a landowner involved with a real estate dispute, Longman & Van Grack’s Maryland, Washington DC, and Virginia civil litigation attorneys have familiarity with the legal process and the specific legal topics that each matter involves. Our civil litigation attorneys’ goal is to avoid a lawsuit through dispute resolution if at all possible; however, our litigation lawyers are full prepared to litigate all matters in the courtroom if necessary. Our litigation attorneys work regularly out of our Maryland Offices (Bethesda and Rockville) and Washington DC Office.
Longman & Van Grack’s civil litigation attorneys represent clients from the inception of a case to the final verdict, mediation, settlement, and sometimes, also in the appeals process. The civil litigation lawyers at Longman & Van Grack are skilled in all areas of civil litigation and have experience representing plaintiffs, defendants, appellants, and appellees in a wide variety of cases, including:
In Maryland, Washington DC, and Virginia, civil litigation involves legal disputes between two or more parties where money damages or equitable remedies are sought. Civil litigation in our office includes business disputes, property disputes (including tree disputes, adverse possession, and landscaping disputes), property damage claims, liability in spite of a waiver, appeals, and all types of contract disputes and contract lawsuits. In fact all types of contract disputes are handled by each our Maryland, Washington DC, and Virginia civil litigation attorneys. Longman & Van Grack handles all of these types of lawsuits and litigation matters. Civil litigation also includes all types of appeals of civil lawsuits. Maryland civil litigation matters begin in the Maryland District Court or Maryland Circuit Court (such as the Montgomery County Circuit Court in Rockville). Washington, DC civil litigation matters generally begin in the Superior Court. Virginia civil litigation matters generally begin in the District Court or Circuit Court. However, Maryland appeals, DC appeals, and Virginia appeals will begin in different courts within the states.
Federal civil litigation in Maryland, Washington DC, and Virginia all begin in the appropriate federal district court. That includes the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia. Litigants in each of these federal district courts can appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit except for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia wherein litigants can appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
The Civil Litigation Process in Maryland, Washington DC, and Virginia
Although the details of every civil litigation matter vary dramatically depending on the circumstances and jurisdiction, in Maryland, Washington DC, and Virginia, the legal process of most civil litigation matters is standard. After a client comes to our office for an initial consultation (Rockville, Bethesda, Northern Virginia, or Washington DC), our civil litigation lawyers will begin the investigation and legal analysis process. If our civil or commercial litigation client is the plaintiff, our civil litigation attorneys will investigate if there is a prima facie case (or enough evidence to bring a lawsuit). If our civil litigation client is the defendant in the lawsuit, our civil litigation lawyers will work tirelessly to identify and devise any possible litigation defense strategies that may be available. Our attorneys will even attempt to determine whether our client can file a counter-claim (a lawsuit against the party suing them) in the Circuit Court (Maryland and Virginia), District Court (Maryland and Virginia), or Superior Court (Washington DC).
After the initial investigation, each civil litigation lawyer will artfully draft and file pleadings. In Maryland, Washington DC, and Virginia, pleadings are the documents needed to initiate a civil case and include the Summons, Complaint, and Answer. Depending again upon what side our client is on in the litigation matter, the requisite documents will be filed within the time limitations set forth by law.
After the pleading stage, the lengthy civil litigation discovery process begins. This process exists in Maryland, Washington DC, and Virginia. Discovery is the process by which attorneys on either side of the lawsuit/litigation exchange information about the matter. Deciding which documents to request and provide to an opponent is one of the most important skills a civil litigation attorney can possess. The civil litigation discovery phase includes document review, depositions and medical and physical exams among other things. Longman & Van Grack’s civil litigation attorneys in Maryland, Washington DC, and Virginia are experienced in navigating this long and complex process. Discovery includes significant review and investigation of the matter, including document — all of which will be operated from our Litigation Offices in Maryland (Rockville and Bethesda), Washington DC, and Northern Virginia.
In Maryland, Washington DC, and Virginia, next is the phase of a civil and commercial litigation matter is pre-trial. In this ore-trial phase, motion practice is critical. Motion practice is the method by which civil litigation attorneys argue their points before trial. Longman and Van Grack’s seasoned civil and commercial litigation lawyers will use motion practice for various reasons including seeking a directed verdict and summary judgment and opposing the other sides motions. This is also where our civil litigation attorneys work to develop a trial strategy as well as prepare witnesses to testify and physical evidence for trial.
When faced with a lawsuit, many people contemplate a long and public trial. At Longman & Van Grack, we focus on settlement and avoiding trial if at all possible. Longman & Van Grack’s civil and commercial litigation attorneys work tirelessly to settle our civil litigation cases prior to trial. It’s is our view that the best solution for our clients is to spend as little time as possible in the courtroom. Most parties prefer to settle their lawsuit prior to trial as it can be expensive and risky.
During a civil litigation trial in Maryland, Washington DC, and Virginia, the litigation parties present their cases to the court, which could be a judge or a judge and jury, via direct and cross examination of witnesses and the presentation of other evidence. If your civil litigation case does proceed to trial, Longman & Van Grack’s skilled trial attorneys can offer top-notch trial representation.
As there is a winner and a loser in every trial, there is always an unfavorable outcome for one of the litigation parties. That party may choose to appeal the civil case. In the case of appeal, it is essential to secure the representation of a capable appeals attorney to handle the complicated appeals process. The attorneys at Longman & Van Grack are also well-versed in the appeals process. To learn about the Maryland, Washington DC, Virginia, and Federal appeals process, visit out Appellate Practice Page.
Again, most civil litigation lawsuits settle before going to trial, and our litigation attorneys focus on that outcome for our clients. Whether settlements are reached privately or via alternate dispute resolution such as mediation or arbitration, it is essential that you are represented by a seasoned civil litigation attorney and litigation law firm that can negotiate for appropriate compensation as well as protect your rights. The Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC civil and commercial litigation lawyers at Longman & Van Grack had significant experience in negotiating settlements for our clients.
Types of Civil Litigation
At Longman & Van Grack, our civil litigation attorneys address many different types of litigation, including appeals. Our civil litigation lawyers regularly represent clients in commercial litigation, business disputes, real estate and property disputes (including tree damage disputes), contract disputes, property damage claims, estate litigation, construction litigation, and appeals. These matters are addressed in each of our Litigation Offices (Rockville, Bethesda, Washington DC, and Northern Virginia).
Primarily, our attorneys focus on Maryland Litigation, Washington DC Litigation, and Virginia Litigation. However, our attorneys are also licensed to practice litigation matters in (and have handled cases in) New York, California, Massachusetts, and Wyoming.
Whether representing a home builder with regard to construction in our Builders and Construction Litigation Group, representing a whitewater rafting outfitter with regard to liability in our Sports and Recreation Law Group, or addressing a contract dispute, our litigation attorneys have familiarity with the legal process and the specific topics therein. We regularly handle cases in the Maryland District Court, Maryland Circuit Court, US District Court for the District of Maryland, US District Court for the District of Columbia, US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, DC Superior Court, Virginia District Court, Virginia Circuit Court, Maryland Court of Special Appeals, Maryland Court of Appeals, DC Court of Appeals, Virginia Court of Appeals, and Virginia Supreme Court, and the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
The attorneys at Longman & Van Grack skillfully practice in all areas of civil litigation. Contact us at (301)291-5027 to meet us at one of our Maryland (Rockville or Bethesda), Virginia, or Washington DC Offices.