Civil Litigation Attorney in Houston, Texas
The Texas Litigation Attorney Other Attorneys Rely On
As a litigation attorney with 20+ years of experience, I know how to develop a winning strategy. Since being admitted to the Texas State Bar in 2000, I’ve become very familiar with local and state regulations. I’ve handled multiple civil proceedings from contract disputes to personal injury claims. My success in the courtroom has led to colleagues and other attorneys hiring me to try their cases.
When you need a lawyer with a proven track record, the Tabak Law Firm is up to the challenge. Far too often small businesses and individuals place their trust in incompetent attorneys who provide unsatisfactory results. All of that time and money spent on civil proceedings is essentially wasted.
As your litigation attorney, it’s my duty to assess the merits of your case and presents honest advice. I’m not afraid of a fight but also won’t drag my clients through an unwinnable case. There are always options and I’ll make sure you’re fully aware of the benefits and risks of each one.
The Difference Between Criminal and Civil Litigation
Simply put, civil litigation is meant to award compensation to those who’ve been wronged. This is usually in the form of money or other valuable assets. On the other hand, criminal litigation is for punishing offenders with jail or prison time. It’s important to understand that the same conduct from the offender may lead to two separate lawsuits for each type of litigation.
Very rarely will a civil lawsuit commence before a criminal case has concluded. This is usually to ensure the victim’s credibility isn’t brought into question as a defense tactic. However, even if a criminal case verdict is favorable for the defendant the same is not necessarily true for their civil case.
Perhaps the most famous example of this is the OJ Simpson Murder Case. While Mr. Simpson was cleared of any criminal wrongdoing, a civil trial judgment resulted in financial restitution for the victims’ families. Therefore, it’s always prudent to explore civil proceedings regardless of the outcome of the related criminal trial.
When Should You Consider Civil Litigation?
Even if no criminal charges are brought forth against another individual, a dispute over money may lead to civil litigation. Maybe there was a breach of contract or disagreement on a personal injury claim. Whatever the reason, if you think you’re owed money it’s worth looking into. Conversely, if you are being sued for monetary damages you’ll need a proper defense to handle litigation.
Common Scenarios Warranting Litigation:
Open invoices and accounts receivable
Breaches of contract
Car title issues
Jury Selection and Voir Dire
Voir dire refers to the process of examining a potential juror by attorneys or the judge. It is of the utmost importance that your attorney chooses the right jurors by inquiring about any bias they may have. For civil cases that involve a dispute over money, it is a jury that will decide whether your claim or refutation is valid. Other civil matters requesting a court order usually involve a judge only.
Unlike judges who often weigh the law with the offense, jurors may feel extremely sympathetic. Take, for example, an eye-popping $301 Billion award that a jury gave to the victims’ families of an auto accident. In that case, the jury determined that a Corpus Christi bar served too much alcohol to the driver which caused the crash. It’s unlikely that the families will ever see that money but it sent a clear message to other bars across the state.
Let's Talk About Your Civil Case
I offer a free case evaluation for businesses and individuals wishing to pursue civil litigation against another party. You’ll get my honest assessment and there is no obligation to retain my services unless agreed upon. I’m also a staunch defender of persons that are wrongfully sued for these same situations. I believe that integrity and ethics matter and I’m happy to represent clients that need a fierce lawyer on their side. I serve the areas of Katy, Cypress, Spring, Richman, and Houston, Texas.
If you’d like to schedule a consultation with me, please click on the green button on the right side of your screen. You’ll be able to choose a date and time that is convenient for you. You may also call to book an appointment or get an answer to a general inquiry. I look forward to meeting and working with you to resolve your legal issue!