A litigator is often confused with trial lawyers and many people cannot distinguish the differences between them. Trial lawyers exceed in the courtroom while in contrast, litigators examine the big picture that includes the entire case from start to finish. Since managing a case from start to finish covers a lot of ground, it begins with a full investigation.
It is the job of the litigator to gather every minor detail that may have some influence or ultimately affect the outcome of a case. A litigator has a legal and ethical obligation to advocate for his client to the best of his ability. A litigator’s investigation may also involve enlisting the help of other professionals such as private investigators or accountants.
What Type of Education Are Litigators Required to Have?
A typical litigator will have completed an undergraduate degree, earned a Juris Doctor, and have passed the bar exam. Also, a good litigator usually has several years of experience as an attorney working in a specialized field of litigation. Most litigators advance into positions for larger companies or go into a partnership or private practice.
Unlike criminal lawyers, litigators are civil lawyers that represent clients who seek to settle nonviolent disputes. These disputes include custody battles, divorce settlements, and disagreements regarding property ownership, to name a few. Litigators cover a variety of topics in the law field to include:
- Consumer law
- Entertainment law
- Employment law
- Tax law
- Family law
- International law
Meet Philadelphia-Based Litigator Karl Heideck
Karl Heideck, a Philadelphia-based attorney specializing in litigation, compliance and risk management, has several years of experience in this field. A graduate of Temple University – James E. Beasley School of Law, Karl Heideck has had a successful career representing clients in complex and commercial litigation to include cases involving both the government and private sector. As a litigator, Karl Heideck takes on each case from start to finish to ensure a fair settlement during negotiations and complete satisfaction of judgments.
Karl Heideck’s Experience and Work History
Karl Heideck began his career representing corporate and individual clients in litigation cases with Conrad O’Brien. His litigation experience there includes government investigations, banking and subprime litigation, SEC receivership, toxic tort defense, and white collar criminal defense. As a project attorney for Pepper Hamilton LLP, Karl Heideck was a detailed oriented top-level quality control specialist that reviewed materials for cases that included pharmaceutical litigation, white collar defense, government investigation, major construction, and bankruptcy restructuring. Currently, as a contract attorney at Grant & Eisenhofer, PA, Karl Heideck also reviews discovery materials for banking litigation and complex securities fraud cases.