The litigation attorney is a vital component of the U.S. judicial system. In basic terms, a litigation attorney represents clients of different types in lawsuits on the federal and state levels.
In this day and age, many litigation attorneys actually narrow the scope of their practices to serve as litigators on either the federal or state level. Although there is a great deal in common with both the federal and state court systems, there are also some fairly significant differences.
The typical litigation attorney is associated with a large law firm, a government agency, a corporation, some type of organization, or is part of a smaller legal practice. Some large firms maintain specific departments comprised of litigation attorneys.
Many individuals interested in becoming litigation attorneys start planning for this career course in law school. They elect to participate in moot court programs as well as in the law clinic. A law school law clinic gives a student, in his or her third year of study, to obtain real-life, hands-on courtroom experience before becoming a lawyer.
Many litigators begin their professional career working in the criminal justice system By working in a city, state, or federal prosecutor’s office, these newer attorneys have the opportunity to spend what can amount to be a good amount of time in the courtroom. Working for a public defender also provides a similar opportunity.
Karl Heideck is a skilled, experienced litigation attorney, working for clients in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, area. Heideck graduated from Temple University School of Law about 10 years ago. Prior to Temple, he obtained a BA from Swarthmore College, with a degree in English language and literature.
In addition to litigation cases, Heideck practices in the employment, commercial, and products liability arenas as well. He is also experienced in regulatory compliance and risk management.