You may have heard the phrase “civil litigation” and think it is some fancy legal buzzword, but in reality, litigation just refers to the process of using the court system to settle a dispute.

Civil litigation generally means anything that is not criminal litigation (which is a court case based on someone charged with a crime). But in practice, civil litigation usually has a more narrow definition. It does not include divorce or custody issues, business disputes, bankruptcy, or probate issues.

When you hear a lawyer talk about civil litigation, he or she is probably referring to a dispute between two individuals or between an individual and a business.

What types of disputes does this include? Although the possibilities are broad, my civil litigation practice focuses on:

  • Injury cases – where one person or company injures another
  • Wrongful death cases – where a person or company has caused someone’s death
  • Medical malpractice – a special kind of injury or wrongful death case where the harm was caused by a physician or medical professional during treatment
  • Wrongful termination – when an individual has lost his or her job for an illegal reason
  • Consumer rights – when a company has falsely advertised or otherwise harmed an individual with its commercial product

Every case is different and the strategy will never be exactly the same. But civil litigation does not have to be a scary concept … at least if you are on the plaintiff’s side.


If you have questions regarding your civil litigation case, contact me today for a free, no-strings-attached consultation.