If you talk to successful trial lawyers, they will typically agree that most cases are won or lost before the trial ever begins. It is the pretrial process—in which evidence is gathered, facts and case theories are developed, witnesses are interviewed and deposed, and various motions are filed, argued, and decided by the judge—which occupies the vast majority of the time and effort of civil litigation attorneys (known as "litigators") and has the greatest influence on the outcome of a case or trial.
Courtroom gladiator and proud of it, Michael J. McManus gives you a glimpse of what litigation practice is all about. His account of the incredible ups and downs that go with the job is replete with the high level of humor that is the hallmark and the respite of many a good litigator.
We asked attorneys in the United States what key questions the interviewer should ask when hiring a litigation attorney. As you can see from our responses, most hiring attorneys have a standard list of questions they ask to determine if the candidate is qualified for the position, but they are different for every firm. We hope you benefit from and enjoy their responses. A few attorneys also wrote in with questions that a client should ask a potential litigator before using them, which could also prove very helpful if you find yourself needing legal representation.