Civil Litigation Lawyer Serving New York City
Civil lawsuits, based on individual or business disputes, are very common. If you are entangled in such a dispute, you are well aware that it can be time-consuming and irritating, and may interfere with your business, your personal life, and your sense of stability. The best thing to do to resolve the issue with as little turmoil as possible is to consult with an esteemed law firm experienced in civil litigation. In New York City and the surrounding area, Scaffidi & Associates is the place to come.
Our team has a wealth of knowledge in the law, and extensive experience in civil litigation. Most importantly, our attorneys have a solid history of successful outcomes. We are well-equipped to listen carefully to the details of the dispute and take all necessary actions to resolve the problem through civil litigation or negotiation.
Reasons for Civil Litigation
The civil litigation attorneys at Scaffidi & Associates are adept at arguing your side of the dispute, whether you are the plaintiff or the defendant. We are fully prepared to fight vigorously to right a wrong, honor an agreement, or obtain compensation for a personal injury on your behalf. On the other hand, we are equally ready to defend your rights in the face of an unwarranted attack on your reputation or your business. Our civil litigation attorneys are equally comfortable providing legal representation to individuals, partnerships, and corporations.
Types of Civil Litigation
There are a great many varieties of civil litigation cases, and Scaffidi & Associates is familiar with all of them.
Business-Related Litigation regarding:
- Breach of contract
- Unfair business practices
- Business disputes
- Non-compete covenants
- Breach of warranties
- Mechanics’ liens
Employment litigation concerning:
- Wrongful termination
- Raises and bonuses
- Working conditions
- Retaliation for whistleblowing
Personal Injury Litigation pertaining to:
- Medical malpractice
- Labor Law and on-the-job injuries
- Automobile Accidents
- Nursing home abuse and neglect
- Premises liability
- Physical or sexual assault
- Product liability
- Other personal injuries
Real Estate and Construction Litigation concerning:
- Real estate contracts and agreements
- Litigation concerning construction defects
Preliminary and Permanent Injunctions
These are special court orders that will compel the opposing party to do, or to refrain from, specific acts. An injunction gives us increased leverage since failure of the defendant to comply will result in civil, or even criminal, penalties.
Statute of Limitations for Civil Litigation
The statute of limitations for civil litigations varies depending on which type of case you’re dealing with, and the parties you are suing. Our civil litigation attorneys are well-informed about all of these variations and will make sure that your case is handled within the required time limit.
Differences Between Civil Litigation and Criminal Cases
You should be aware of the significant differences between civil and criminal cases. While there is always a burden of proof to be met for a lawsuit to be won, that burden is much higher in criminal cases than in civil ones. In a criminal case, guilt must be proven “beyond a reasonable doubt,” but in a civil case the burden of proof is based on a “preponderance of evidence.”
There are several reasons for this distinction, but the primary one is that in a civil case, the individual who loses may face only monetary damages, fines, or injunctions. In a criminal case, however, the defendant may be incarcerated, sometimes for the rest of his or her life.
Civil Litigation in Conjunction with Criminal Cases
It should be noted that many people file civil lawsuits to seek a legal remedy when criminal trials have been unsuccessful, or even when the State doesn’t pursue charges. Because the burden of proof is lower in a civil case, it is entirely possible that someone who has been assaulted, for example, will sue in civil court for monetary compensation, even if the defendant in the case has been found “not guilty” in criminal court.
Contact Our NYC Civil Litigation Attorney
At Scaffidi & Associates, we pride ourselves on giving each client our personal and undivided attention. Our civil litigation attorneys are caring as well as effective; we will always take your concerns seriously and respond to your questions promptly and patiently. You can also count on our attorneys to keep current with any changes in civil litigation law.
Apart from the premium services we will provide to you personally, we are knowledgeable and at ease whether presenting before administrative agencies, alternative dispute resolution proceedings (i.e. mediation or arbitration), jury or court trials in state and federal court, or proceedings before appellate courts.
Our excellent negotiating skills result in a high rate of success and we are frequently able to reach a positive settlement without ever going to court. When the dispute cannot be resolved through negotiation, however, you can count on our mastery of courtroom tactics to see your case through to a successful conclusion. When necessary, we have the resources to hire experts in fields related to your case — financial, medical, engineering — to testify on your behalf and help to persuade the court that your cause is just. You can easily get in touch with Scaffidi & Associates by phone, email, or by filling out a contact form on our website.