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Civil Litigation and Appeals

Our attorneys regularly handle civil litigation matters in both state and federal courts, including discovery, motions practice, depositions, and trial preparation. Our civil litigation practice has provided us with widely varied experience on issues ranging from early stage mediation to post-judgment appeals. We have handled diverse matters, including breach of contract, civil rights claims, and collective action claims. No matter what your stake is in a case, if you need help, our attorneys will discuss the matter with you and try to be of assistance.

Navigating the legal system is a difficult task. You are faced with decisions at every step, beginning with task of figuring out what laws are in play, what jurisdiction is appropriate for your case, and countless other legal questions. Even a seemingly straightforward decision regarding which court you need to visit to file your lawsuit can be very complex. Our attorneys have experience handling these aspects of the judicial process. We can help you with these difficult questions and put your case on a path to success.

Once your case has been filed, we will work with you to conduct discovery, including drafting and responding to requests for admissions, interrogatories, and document production.

Do you have a huge box of documents pertaining to your case, but litigation has dragged on long enough that you barely can remember what is in the box, let alone what the materials therein say? What about a shoebox full of notes that may or may not be relevant to your case? It may sound funny, but running a small business or even managing your own personal finances is difficult and recordkeeping can be put on the back burner until it’s too late. Our attorneys have managed document review for cases that have reached back for the better part of a decade. We can organize and catalogue your documents in order to provide comprehensive, strategic responses to the other side’s discovery requests.

Is there sensitive medical information involved in the case that you are pursuing? We have experience negotiating, drafting, and putting in place protective orders to ensure that your medical information is kept private and confidential. This has been especially beneficial when the client has been involved in the military or in a security position.

Are you being deposed or are you in a situation where you need to depose witnesses? Our attorneys have experience preparing clients and clients’ deponents to have their sworn testimony taken outside of the courtroom. We will support you on the day of your deposition and will make any necessary and proper objections to ensure that your deposition is as successful as it can be. When deposing the other side’s witnesses, our attorneys are prepared to ask the questions that need to be asked in order to move your case forward to the best of our abilities.

Our attorneys are familiar with the necessary and relevant state, federal, and appellate rules of procedure and are prepared to help you to put your best foot forward for the case you believe in. Our attorneys will use the tools of the judicial system to find the facts of your case and prepare your case for trial.

Finding Resolution

As a practical matter, most cases find resolution of some sort before trial. Whether through mediation, settlement negotiation, or motions practice our attorneys will help you resolve your case in the most efficient way possible.

The important role filled by our attorneys, in addition to being your zealous advocates, is to put you and your case in the best possible position at its conclusion.


There are any number of reasons why a case might be on appeal. Are you involved in a case that has already had a final judgment entered but with an attorney who only handles trial-level matters? Our attorneys have experience with the federal appellate process, including managing a case after a trial court’s final judgment through the process of drafting and filing an appeal. Our attorneys’ legal research and writing skills will provide you with a comprehensive brief that will put your case in the best possible light before the panel of appellate judges. If you find yourself in need of appellate counsel, our attorneys can help prepare your case for appeal.

We have litigated before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and Mr. Erlich has been involved in cases in a wide variety of federal courts. If you need counsel for a litigation matter, please contact us for a consultation.