Services

Civil Litigation, Probate Litigation and Mediation

Areas of Practice

 

CIVIL LITIGATION

Being involved in a lawsuit is a troubling time.  Litigation is complex and unfamiliar and the outcome is far from certain.  I can use my years of experience to help demystify the process and find a plan of action that fits your goals.  Let me work with you to plan a strategy that increases the prospects for success.

I've been a litigator for over 25 years.  Every trial is unique.  Jury trials differ from cases tried only to a judge.  Navigating through hostile witnesses, experts, introduction of evidence, objections, jury selection and argument requires experience that can only come through being committed to work hard on your client's behalf.  My goal is to thoroughly prepare you for the process so that you are prepared for what comes next.  Together, we design the road map that leads you in the direction of your desired outcome.

Past clients who have obtained favorable judgments include land owners, farmers, crop dusters, realtors, international agricultural concerns, grocery chains, contractors, family businesses, sole proprietorships, individuals and insurers.



PROBATE and trust LITIGATION

The administrator of an estate, executor of a Will, or Trustee of a Trust is subject to the highest duties that the law can require.  Whether you are alleged to have violated those duties or need to hold someone accountable for failing to do so, I will use my knowledge in these matters to help guide you through the difficult process of seeking a fair and equitable outcome.

Whether you are a family member or a professional fiduciary, finding your way through the myriad obligations required to successfully discharge your duties or hold the administrator accountable calls for a counselor who has been through the arduous process defending an estate plan, its administration or challenging whether the wishes of the deceased are being honored.

Former clients have been successful in defeating claims of failing to follow their duties and obligations, proving the validity of a will or trust, exposing the use of undue influence by another to change an estate plan and who was entitled to receive an asset of a decedent. 



MEDIATION

Our justice system is designed to leave the resolution of your dispute to someone over whom you have no control.  If your case ultimately goes to trial, a judge or a jury will decide the matter for you.  With mediation, you remain in control of the outcome.  Mediation also provides the opportunity to fashion a solution where all parties can "win."  In trial, there will only be a winner and a loser.  In some cases, legal fees and stress can make it difficult to determine which side really won. Not every case can be settled with Mediation, but the overwhelming majority of cases that use voluntary mediation do resolve.