Tri-Cities Civil Litigation Lawyers

Civil vs. Criminal Lawsuits

Civil litigation involves a legal dispute between two or more individuals or entities that does not involve criminal charges. In a civil lawsuit, the plaintiff generally is attempting to secure monetary compensation or other damages based on the alleged action or inaction of the defendant.

Here are just a few common types of civil litigation lawsuits:

  • Personal injury/wrongful death
  • Breach of contract
  • Corporate and partnership disputes
  • Property & intellectual property disputes
  • Worker's compensation
  • Medical malpractice
  • Requests for court injunction

Contrary to what you might see on television, most civil litigation cases never make it to the courtroom. Instead, the parties agree to a settlement through mediation, arbitration, or another form of dispute resolution. 

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Choosing a Civil Litigation Attorney

Whether you’re looking to initiate a civil lawsuit or need to defend yourself against one, choosing the right civil litigator is crucial to your case’s success. Your lawyer should go over all the facts of your case in detail, helping you present your best chance for victory.

At AKWAJ Law, we have attorneys who not only specialize in civil litigation, but who have extensive experience with particular types of civil lawsuits. Schedule a consultation today to talk to us about your case.

FAQs About Civil Litigation

How can I file a civil lawsuit?

To file a civil lawsuit, we recommend first consulting with a lawyer to discuss your claims and the best way to approach your case. Your lawyer will then help you file the necessary documents to notify the other party of your lawsuit and begin collecting and organizing evidence on your behalf.

I’ve just been served with a lawsuit. What now?

The first and best option is to hire a lawyer—or contact your lawyer if you already have one. You and your lawyer will discuss the merits of the case, collect evidence for your defense, and decide the next steps.

Will my case end up in trial?

The process of civil litigation includes many steps, and not all cases go to trial. Part of your lawyer’s job in a civil suit is to be your advocate throughout meetings, negotiations, settlements, and mediations that often occur before anyone sets foot in a courtroom.


Do You Need Help Resolving a Civil Dispute?

Arthur D. Klym & Thomas J. Atwood have over 72 years combined experience in civil litigation. Ask us anything here, or better yet schedule a free consultation!