If you’ve ever found yourself on the wrong side of the law, you probably know what litigation entails and the (rough) details of what a litigator does. If you’re like the rest of us and you haven’t found yourself embroiled in a lawsuit, you probably don’t know all that much about the process. You might think that television shows such as Law and Order are a good gauge of the work, but real litigation is a lot less glamorous.
Litigation is the process of legal action being taken against one party by another. There are many different phases of litigation, including an initial investigation into the case by the litigator, the creation of a draft of pleadings, and the discovery process which involves the parties communicating between each other and sharing information pertinent to the trial. Once the discovery process is wrapped up, the real work begins in the courtroom, and there’s always the chance for an appeal–if the settlement of the trial isn’t what a litigator expected or wanted, this process can be put into place to try to amend the trial and work towards a more favorable outcome.
The path to becoming a litigator isn’t just a simple four year degree. After attaining a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, an aspiring litigator must prepare for and take the LSATs, a pre-entry test required by law schools to ensure an applicant’s suitability. After being admitted to a law school, a full-time workload for the aspiring litigator translates to three more years of schooling, or a full seven if you account for all of the required undergraduate studies. Of course, schooling is only the beginning; getting licensed and finding employment is a whole other can of worms and oftentimes young litigators are hired on as assistants to more senior lawyers who intend to pass on their knowledge and experience.
In the metropolitan Philadelphia area there are no shortage of litigators, but a rising star in the area is making his mark and building his brand. Karl Heideck, a litigator who specializes in litigation, compliance, and risk-management, is this rising star. Not only is Karl Heideck a successful attorney who has been licensed for eight years, Lawyer.com also assures viewers that he is in good standing.
According to Crunchbase, Karl Heideck started his education at Swarthmore College where he studied English Language. After his undergrad studies, he moved on to Temple University’s Beasley School of Law. Karl Heideck now works as a contract attorney for Hire Counsel, and his blog can be found here.