Litigation Attorney Karl Heideck knows what it takes to be a successful litigator, as he had had years of practice. He recently covered the basics of what the career entails, from a day in the office to the mindset that it requires.
Litigators, or litigation attorneys, are the behind the scenes legal researchers and thinkers of the law profession. When a case is taken on, they will do all the pre-trial research, collect details on the case, and if need be, share the evidence that they have found. During a trial, they are working almost around the clock to give the court attorney the necessary information they need to win the case. If the case is lost in court, they work on the appeal.
Despite that, ninety percent of their cases never go to trial, but are settled in the pre-trial stage through plea deals or settlements. Larger firms will usually have a specialized litigation department, and even sub-departments for different types of litigation claims. In public firms, they are often the investigators and criminal prosecutors of the District Attorney’s office.
Teamwork, Karl Heideck says, and the ability to stay humble are an essential part of a litigator’s job. They must be quick to ask questions and be willing to learn all that they can. To grow in their career, litigators must always be making connections with other attorneys, so they can see whichever opportunities lie ahead.
Karl Heideck is an attorney who lives and works in the greater Philadelphia area. He has been practicing law since 2009 when he graduated from the James E. Beasley School of Law at Temple University. During his time at Conrad O’Brian’s law office, he worked closely with all aspects of being a litigation lawyer, and he also spent several years with the Pepper Hamilton LLP.
Karl Heideck specializes in several areas of law, but especially in compliance consulting, risk management, commercial litigation and product liability. Karl Heideck also writes extensively on legal matters, and offers advice for young lawyers on his blog. He has been a member of the Hire Council since 2015.