When a civil lawsuit is initiated the person doing so enters into a process that is called litigation. The process of litigation is typically handled by an attorney who has a law degree. Usually, before a lawsuit is filed in court the attorney will send what’s called a demand letter to the other party that outlines what his client wants in order to not pursue a legal case. Most potential lawsuits are handled through negotiation over the demand letter before a lawsuit is initiated.
If the case does go to court both opposing sides will first engage in what’s called discovery which is where all the facts surrounding the case are made available to both sides. Most courts require both parties to attend a settlement conference to see if the lawsuit can be settled before going before the court. If the case still doesn’t get settled there is a court trial where the judge hears both sides arguments and makes a decision that resolves the case. The judges ruling can be appealed to a higher court as well.
Karl Heideck is an attorney in Philidelphia that has litigated cases for over 17 years. His specialties are compliance and risk management. In Karl Heideck’s current role as a Contract Attorney, he is involved in litigating banking and securities fraud. He also reviews liquidity positions that came about as a result of the banking crisis of 2008.
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During his legal career, Karl Heideck has also litigated in other areas of the law such as product liability, employment law, and corporate law. He began his legal career as an Associate at Conrad O’Brien in the greater Philadelphia area. Karl Heideck earned his law degree at the James E. Beasley School of Law at Temple University.