Many people assume that civil litigation is more straightforward and simpler than a criminal trial since a jury is often not involved. However, civil litigation matters can be just as complex and the different standard of proof required in a civil case presents a unique set of challenges, whether you are the party that filed the lawsuit or the party defending a claim.
Beckemeier LeMoine Law represents individuals and businesses in civil lawsuits throughout the St. Louis area and prides itself on providing trusted counsel in a wide range of matters, including contract or lease disputes, negligence suits, insurance claims, antitrust cases, along with many others. We have expertise negotiating out of court settlements, if the parties are amenable, and strive to provide the best outcome to each client, keeping in mind the costs associated with a lawsuit. If your case ultimately goes to trial, we will build a strategically-sound case that represents your interests in the most favorable light, providing the very best chance of prevailing at trial.
What is civil litigation?
While criminal charges are prosecuted by the government or the state, civil litigation involves a private citizen taking legal action against another individual or organization to rectify a situation deemed to have breached the law. Civil law covers a wide spectrum of claims, from challenges to an inheritance distribution and ownership of property to breach of contract claims for work done by a contractor.
Civil suits can be initiated by an individual against another person or company and can also occur when there is a business dispute. Since business owners have dealings with such a large network of people and organizations, including employees, stockholders, vendors, insurance brokers, and competitors, it’s not surprising that problems arise and end up in civil court. Given their in-depth understanding of the complexities of the Missouri legal code, the civil litigation attorneys at Beckemeier LeMoine Law have garnered favorable outcomes for St. Louis businesses dealing with civil matters such as:
- Breach of contract
- Breach of fiduciary duty
- Shareholder disputes
- Non-compete disputes
- Intellectual property
- Antitrust issues
Types of Civil Cases
Resolutions in civil matters generally involve a claim for monetary damages. In other civil litigation situations, equitable relief might be the best option, in which case the court will issue specific instructions to take an action or refrain from taking an action. For instance, the court might order that the terms and obligations of the original agreement be cancelled to resolve a breach of contract dispute.
The civil litigation attorneys at Beckemeier LeMoine Law have secured optimum outcomes for clients in many different areas of civil law, including:
- Business and corporate civil disputes
- Breach of contract
- Employment law
- Shareholder and partner disputes
- Intellectual property
- Real estate & property disputes
- Fiduciary litigation
We get you results
Disputes that lead to civil litigation may result from an egregious wrongdoing that clearly violates the law, however, many civil cases fall into a gray area. For example, two property owners may have different assumptions about their property boundaries based on different survey results, or a vague business contract that generates a misunderstanding between partners.
No matter what your situation, you can trust Beckemeier LeMoine Law to protect your legal rights and prioritize your best interests. Our civil litigators will thoroughly investigate the particulars of your case, considering all options – including negotiating a settlement and considering meditation or alternative dispute resolution. If the parties are unable to agree on a satisfactory resolution, the civil litigation attorneys at Beckemeier LeMoine Law will call on their vast courtroom experience to build a strong case, aggressively pursuing your interests at trial until a favorable outcome is reached.
We understand the costs of litigation
Most civil suits are resolved by a monetary award or settlement, with the amount calculated to compensate the injured party fairly for financial and non-monetary expenses and losses. Unfortunately, the costs associated with litigation can be great and some firms are not upfront about the fees and costs as they add up. Many a successful litigant has received a legal bill that effectively negates their monetary award or settlement.
The reason we work so hard to negotiate pre-trial settlements is because this is often the most cost-effective approach for our civil litigation clients. In addition, our highly skilled civil litigation attorneys are adept at following through at each step of the process—completing discovery, assembling necessary documentation, and prepping expert witnesses—with professional efficiency. Maintaining clear and transparent communication with each of our clients is always a top priority. Your input and participation go a long way in streamlining the litigation process.
The attorneys at Beckemeier LeMoine Law work hard to ensure our clients are pleased not only with our performance throughout the representation, but also feel they have been provided the information necessary to make good strategic and financial choices every step of the way. We aim to be efficient and remain sensitive to the costs associated with a lawsuit, providing our litigation clients with the most ‘bang for their buck.’
Why you should hire a civil litigation attorney
If you find yourself in a situation that requires either the filing of a lawsuit or defending yourself against one, your best course of action is to have an experienced civil litigator at your side who is prepared and able to make a compelling argument for your claim. An attorney with established pre-trial and trial experience and the temperament to both effectively negotiate a settlement and, when the situation calls for it, to aggressively pursue a case at trial, is a must. The attorneys at Beckemeier LeMoine Law have successfully represented individuals and businesses in civil litigation cases for decades, whether initiating an action against another party or defending a claim brought against a client – we are passionate about providing you with the very best our firm has to offer and delivering the best possible outcome.
If you are considering whether to bring a civil suit or someone is seeking damages from you or your business, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with us to evaluate your case. Contact us at 314-965-2277 today.