Civil Litigation Law
West Themis Law has experience you can trust. We excel in negotiation, mediation and litigation of business disputes, of any size and scope. In our years of experience, West Themis Law has excelled in trial (both jury and bench), mediation, and negotiation in California state courts and federal courts in the Central District representing businesses and individuals as defendants, plaintiffs, cross-complainants, and cross-defendants.
In the current economy, lawsuits rise as businesses struggle with costs reduction measures. The large law firm equipped to assign five attorneys per case is no longer feasible for most small to large businesses.
If you are a small to mid-sized business owner, individual proprietor, franchise owner or Fortune 500 CEO, you may be facing a high-stakes, high-anxiety commercial litigation situation. West Themis Law will be able to defend or pursue your case at a fraction of the cost.
Your career and the company’s momentum along with the credibility in the marketplace can hinge on the outcome of a business dispute. You should trust the impact of this litigation with a law firm equipped with attorney experienced in negotiation, litigation, trial, and business formation.
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What is Civil Litigation?
Whenever two parties are in disagreement and need a judge or court to resolve the dispute, the controversy is commonly referred to as litigation. Litigation cases consist of disputes that arise from a variety of factual circumstances and differ from criminal cases. They can involve disputes between individuals, individuals and businesses or individuals and government agencies.
The term litigation is the most common type of dispute resolution. Sometimes, the parties can come to an agreement through mediation and then no awards are made. Arbitration is an alternate type of dispute solution, where awards are granted without the presence of a judge or jury.
Disagreements and disputes occur on a daily basis while the number of U.S. litigation cases is uncountable. You might disagree with a fee you have been charged for a car repair, while the mechanic is convinced that the price is perfectly fair. You might have a dispute with your ex-spouse about the furniture that you bought together etc.
Based on many different factors of your particular case, a lawyer will advise you to make a certain decision he will suggest one approach over another. Based on the nature of the case, the evidence that is already established and the surrounding circumstances, a lawyer will be able to estimate how long a typical trial will take and he will know what the better, more advantageous move for you will be.
What is mediation?
Mediation refers to the process of hiring a neutral third party, a mediator, which then will get involved in the dispute and try to facilitate the conflict resolution between the two parties. The mediator is usually a retired judge who will learn about both versions of the dispute and then gives an assessment as to how the parties could adjust or settle the dispute. The parties, however, do not have to agree with the mediator and mediation is therefore not binding.
What is a contingency fee?
In certain types of cases, attorneys are willing to work on a contingency basis and you do not have to pay legal fees until the case is won. If the case is won, the lawyer will receive a certain percentage of the damages awarded to you and if you lose the case, there won’t be a legal fee at all for the lawyer.
At West Themis Law, we only accept very limited cases on a contingency basis and must be approved by the managing attorney.
Who will pay for my out of pocket expenses?
Lawyers individually decided whether they will advance the expenses on your case or not, depending on the severity of the case and his/her judgment about your ability to follow through with the matter. Usually the expenses cover filing fees, record maintenance, transcripts, expert witnesses and travel expenses. If you win your case, the added up amount will be deducted from your recovery payment.