Initial MeetingEvery case begins with a detailed client meeting. In this meeting we learn about the facts that brought the client to see us. We exhaust the client’s knowledge of the incident and the product or procedure involved. In this initial meeting, we also begin to understand the depth of the client’s loss and lay the groundwork for gaining a more detailed understanding of the legal damages.
First 30 daysWithin the first month of the initial client meeting, we conduct an aggressive pre-suit investigation. We interview all key fact witnesses, and when appropriate take sworn statements. Many times, we hire liability and damage experts to help in the evaluation and analysis of the case.
30-45 daysWe are generally ready to file the lawsuit within 45 days, if not sooner. By that time we have key witness positions solidified, experts hired and the case 90% ready to try. Now we’re ready to prepare the lawsuit and detailed written discovery questions.
45-180 daysAn early and aggressive discovery plan involves filling in the gaps we could not close during pre-suit discovery. By relentlessly pursuing damaging documents and testimony at the onset, we are better able to resolve the case early on by settlement or trial. This allows our clients to put closure to a devastating portion of their lives, while also providing financial support as quickly as possible. Generally, the defendants have 60 days from the time we file the lawsuit to answer written questions and provide documents. The following few months are consumed with taking depositions (sworn statements) from witnesses and the opposing parties.
180-240 daysOur experienced lawyers will develop themes that will be woven throughout the trial presentation. Different ways to present the key evidence will be explored. Just as important, we will consider how to best address and explain the weaknesses in our cases. During this time we will also explore settlement with the opposing party.
Final Trial Preparation & TrialThe weeks before trial involve the final decisions regarding the order and presentation of evidence. We also spend significant time and energy determining a juror profile. In developing this profile, we look for common backgrounds and characteristics of jurors that will be favorable and unfavorable to our case. We will also finalize the order and presentation plan for all of the evidence. This methodical approach allows for a seamless, persuasive presentation of evidence at the trial. Trials usually last 1-2 weeks for most cases. When a case gets tried depends on the judge and the court. For most cases, the trial will occur by 9 months to 15 months after the lawsuit is filed.