When You’re Up Against a Powerful Adversary, We’re Your Ally
Our firm was created with just one goal: to provide the highest-quality legal services to combat injustice for those who need an advocate.
Almost all civil litigation is about money. Since 1997, we’ve recovered more than $1.2 billion total for 50,000+ clients seeking justice through the civil court system.1
We know great results start with great people. Many of our attorneys have won awards, authored books, and taught seminars for other attorneys. Our litigation team of experienced fighters is led by Hoyt Tessener, a legendary trial attorney. Hoyt hand-picked this team, ranging from rising talent to veteran attorneys.
We have the resources, talent, experience, and technology to take on any organization — no matter their size. We invite you to learn more below about complex litigation and how we can help you. If you need help immediately, you can reach us at 1-866-900-7078.
Answers to the Most Frequent Questions About Complex Litigation
What Is Complex Litigation?
Complex litigation encompasses many different types of cases and areas of law. You may have heard the term previously in the context of business disputes, but it’s much bigger than that. It refers to claims affecting individuals, groups, or businesses that have particularly high stakes or are governed by dense and complicated areas of law.
In determining if a case rises to the level of complex litigation, we focus on the magnitude, scope, and scale of the claim. Specifically, these cases often involve the following:
- High dollar amounts
- An opponent organization that is especially large and intimidating
- Multiple jurisdictions and many parties
- Numerous and complex issues of law
Because these claims can be so difficult to manage, you want a battle-tested team of attorneys to help you navigate some very tricky waters.
Types of Complex Litigation Cases Our Team Handles
Our team handles a wide variety of claim types. Here’s a list of some of the cases our lawyers are ready to tackle:
- Accounting, legal, and medical malpractice
- Antitrust cases
- Bad faith insurance claims
- Business disputes
- Catastrophic injuries
- Civil rights
- Class actions
- Construction defects
- Defective products and drugs
- Employment rights and disputes
- Environmental contamination
- Nursing home abuse
- Sexual abuse claims
- Trucking accidents
- Unfair and deceptive trade practices
- Whistleblower (qui tam)
- Wrongful death
Are you an attorney looking to co-counsel?
The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin consults with a national network of attorneys in an attempt to provide the best representation for our clients. If we feel somebody has more knowledge in an area that’s going to help our client, we are happy to reach out to them. By the same token, if you need greater resources or the case is outside your practice area – or whatever the circumstances might be – we can work with you.
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How Is a Complex Litigation Attorney Different?
Most attorneys don’t go to court. Complex litigation lawyers are different.
From the moment one of our litigators takes your case, they prepare as if they’re going to court. This way, if it does, they’re ready. Your case may or may not settle. But given the size and complexity of your claim, you want to prepare as if you’ll need to take this all the way to seek what you are entitled to under the law.
Our litigation team attorneys have faced many large entities in their careers, including banks, manufacturers, major oil companies, Fortune 500 companies, and the government. When you enlist a litigation team with centuries of combined experience in industry-changing litigation, you can be sure your case is in good hands.
How a Complex Litigation Lawyer Can Help — Even if You Never Go to Trial
Your litigator has options at their disposal as they pursue maximum compensation through a settlement or litigation. The willingness to take your case to court can create leverage. When the other side sees that you’re willing and able to take them on through litigation, they know you mean business.
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What Are the Four Stages of the Civil Litigation Process?
The civil litigation process generally involves four distinct stages: pleadings, discovery, mediation, and the trial.
A lawsuit begins with the pleadings, which is the process for how the plaintiff (the person bringing the suit) notifies the defendant (the person being sued) of the “legal and factual basis” for the lawsuit. Pleadings are conducted via formal and formulaic legal documents. The defendant also gets a chance to answer as part of the pleadings process.
Here’s how it works:
- Step 1: The Complaint — The plaintiff files their complaint with the court and serves it on the defendant.
- Step 2: The Answer — The defendant then generally has 30 days to reply with their answer (unless granted a further extension), responding to each allegation from the complaint one by one.
After the pleadings, the discovery stage takes place. Discovery is the process by which the plaintiff and defendant exchange evidence and key records. Discovery often includes interrogatories (written questions for the other party to answer) and depositions (live, pre-trial testimony from witnesses).
As the parties review their evidence and build their cases, most cases are required to go to mediation. Mediation is less formal than a trial and is an opportunity for both sides to present their arguments to a neutral third party. At the end of mediation, the parties may reach a binding legal agreement (settlement) — or they may be unable to agree and instead start preparing for trial.
At the trial, there are some administrative things to get out of the way first. The parties may argue over whether evidence may be presented to the jury. After all administrative and housekeeping matters are complete, the parties begin the process of selecting a jury to hear the evidence and render a verdict.
After opening statements, the plaintiff will have their chance to build a compelling case through evidence and testimony (while the defendant will get a chance to object and cross-examine). Naturally, the defense will then have their opportunity, if they choose, to present evidence and testimony in support of their case.
Finally, the jury will reach a verdict and the court enters a judgement based on the verdict. In some instances, a trial may be subject to an appeal.
Will My Case Go to Trial?
You may have heard that the vast majority of cases settle, and that your case is highly unlikely to go to trial. Not all researchers agree on the matter. Regardless, what matters is whether your case will go to trial. And the answer is, “maybe.” Every case is different.
Even if you know you don’t want the hassle of a trial as you pursue compensation, no one can guarantee the other side’s reasonableness. If your case does end up going to court, you should have a formidable litigation team in your corner.
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How Do I Know Which Litigation Team to Hire?
To help choose your advocate, ask the following questions:
- How many years of experience do your litigators have?
- How many trial verdicts have your attorneys obtained in their careers?
- What prominent cases is your firm working on?
- How many million-dollar recoveries has your firm achieved in the last 12 months?
- How much is your firm willing and able to advance in case expenses?
Deep Resources Matter
Justice doesn’t always come cheap. When a lot of money is on the line, the other side may go to great lengths to delay and minimize any payment. To combat this, you want a well-financed firm.
Why Hire the Complex Litigation Team at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin
Each member of our complex litigation team has been handpicked to handle our most important cases. They are unified in their belief that the mightiest should still follow the smallest rules, and they are not afraid to fight for accountability.
Here’s a sampling of a few giants our attorneys have taken on throughout their careers:
The Right Side of History: Read about our historic civil rights case, In re Black Farmers Discrimination Litigation
Hard work and hard-won experience are imprinted on our DNA. We don’t duck from a fight if we feel our client isn’t being treated fairly. We go to court — often — to try to get better results for our clients and to show your adversaries that we do, in fact, mean business.
When clients need their measure of justice, our team’s effort and care can make the difference. Depending on your situation, we may hire investigators, reconstructionists, doctors, or other experts to testify on your behalf. We spent more than $13,000,000 litigating a single case. That’s how strongly we believe in our team and clients’ cases.
We’ve also invested heavily into cutting edge technology, including a proprietary software that has earned more than 20 patents. All to help try to maximize your recovery and try to ensure that every detail of your case is taken care of, all of the time.
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