Karl Heideck is an attorney with experience in compliance, risk management, with a specialization in litigation. Heideck received his Bachelor of Arts in 2003 from Swarthmore College. After receiving his BA, he was accepted to Temple University-James E. Beasley School of Law, receiving his J.D in 2009.
Karl Heideck works at the law office of Pepper Hamilton LLP, in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania He has been licensed in the field for 8 years. Karl Heideck’s skillset is extensive. It includes, Civil and Commercial Litigation, Arbitration, Corporate Law, Employment Law, Mediation, Arbitration, Appeals, Trials, Intellectual Property, Research and Westlaw.
If you look in the Cambridge English Dictionary, you will find a simplistic definition of a litigator as an individual who “specializes in taking legal action against people and organizations.” The definition is rather vague, but it is a start. A litigator must take in the big picture of a case from start to finish, which may include addressing a judge, jury, and witnesses in a court of law.
Let’s step through the process of a litigator once he has a case.
- He must begin a full investigation. This includes gathering minute details of the case. This includes enlisting the help of accountants, private investigators and other professionals.
- He initiates a case once all the facts have been collected, asking a judge or jury to rule. This is done, through pleadings.
- After initiating a case, the “discovery” phase of the investigation begins. This is where relevant information between the parties are exchanged.
- Once information is exchanged the litigator will set up pretrial conferences, hearing and, or possible settlement negotiations.
- If negotiations fail, the litigator will go to court.
- If the court trial goes badly, the litigator will file an appeal, which he will handle as well.
Litigators usually have a BA with majors in English, history, government, or economics, with a diverse mix of general educational courses that include public speaking, research and writing.
Final step, law school. It takes 3 years to complete your J.D Degree. Then you must pass the bar exam to practice.