Lewis is first and foremost a litigator. The ultimate threat of litigation or arbitration often drives the resolution of many business disputes. For that reason having an established and experienced litigator at the pre-litigation stages of a matter makes easily understood sense. There is little reason to start a trail of negotiations with a lawyer who you have to abandon once litigation and a trial appears as necessary levers to settlement.
Most business litigation in Alabama is heard by elected Circuit Court judges sitting in county courthouses.Local laws for Jefferson County establish Circuit Courts for the Bessemer Cutoff.
Federal courts hear business litigation but have limited jurisdiction. The federal courts hear cases brought under federal laws, such as, among others, the federal antitrust laws or federal copyright law.
Litigation rules in both federal and state courts are the product of centuries of development beginning in medieval England. Modern rules of civil procedure are similar in state and federal cases. These rules provide that litigation is initiated with filing a complaint to which the defendant may move to dismiss or answer. If the case is not dismissed on initial motion, the parties engage in discovery through written questions, document requests and depositions under oath.
Either side may seek summary judgment on some or all claims or defenses when the material facts are undisputed. Depending upon the grounds, summary judgment may dispose of all or part of a case. If not, trial is next.
Time to disposition by trial is more than a year for most courts, and may run closer to two years for some courts and cases.
For a litigator with many years of business litigation and trial experience within the Alabama court system, contact Lewis Page at 205-939-3900.