The primary task of a litigation attorney in the United States is to provide legal representation to clients involved in lawsuits culminating in actual judicial proceedings. Although not a perfect comparison, if the U.S. had a divided bar like the United Kingdom and other former colonies of the British Empire, a litigator would be quite akin to a barrister.
A litigation attorney must strive to hone his or her speaking and writing abilities, both of which are crucial for a litigator. The process of developing these skills nearly always begins in law school for most litigation attorneys, like Karl Heideck. Heideck is a prime example of a successful U.S. litigation attorney.
Heideck is a graduate of the Temple University School of Law. Prior to attending law school at Temple, Heideck studied English language and literature, with a concentration in letters, at Swarthmore College, where he obtained his undergraduate degree. He received degrees from both institutions with honors.
Heideck has been in practice for a decade. In addition to his work as a litigator, Heideck also provides clients representation in other legal areas that include products liability, risk management, regulatory compliance, employment law, and commercial law.
Heideck went into private practice directly after law school. Some individuals interested in becoming litigators take a bit of a different course. These men and women elect to take positions with prosecutor’s offices for one prime reason. By working with a federal, state, or local prosecutor, these lawyers obtain a good amount of hands-on experience in the courtroom, which is vital for a litigator.
Litigators can be found in a variety of settings. Some are part of large law firms, organizations that maintain separate litigation departments. Other litigators are on the staffs of governmental agencies, businesses, and organizations that find themselves involved in lawsuits with some regularity.