A litigator represents either side in a civil court case and oversees all phases of the process for their clients. The first step in the litigation process is a Writ of Summons and a Statement of Claim. These and other documents must be filed to initiate the formal legal process. After each party has had his/her chance to express his/her opinion and views in writing, the process of discovery begins. This is where both sides collect information to present in trial. The trial is held in front of a judge and possibly a jury. Finally, the judge or jury makes a legally binding decision.
A litigator must have a Bachelor’s degree in English, history, economics, government, or a subject closely related to the type of law to be practice. A litigator must pass the Law School Admission Test and then earn a Juris Doctor degree. After earning the degree, a litigator must pass the bar exam. Once the bar exam has been passed, the litigator can begin practicing law.
Karl Heideck, from Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, is a perfect example of a litigator. He graduated from Swarthmore College with a Bachelors of Arts in English Language and Literature/Letters. Karl Heideck continued his education at Temple University-Beasley School of Law where he received his Juris Doctor degree in law.
Karl Heideck has been licensed for seven years. Heideck began his career in 2010 as a Project Attorney at Pepper Hamilton LLP where he specialized in fact investigation, trial, and discovery. In April of 2015, Karl Heideck accepted a job as a Contract Attorney at Hire Counsel. He has experience in litigation, compliance, risk management, corporate law, legal research, legal writing, commercial litigation, and employment law.