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Litigation, also known as civil litigation, is a broad term which refers to prosecuting and defending a civil lawsuit. The party that files the lawsuit is called the Plaintiff, and the party forced to defend themselves is called the Defendant. In litigation, the Plaintiff seeks what is generally known as “relief” or to be “made whole,” which can mean monetary judgment, forced sale or the return of a property, specific performance, and so on.

Litigation can span a wide range of situations. Lawsuits for breach of contract, personal injury, nuisance, defamation, fraud, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and a variety of other matters – all fit under litigation. Litigation between or involving businesses is often referred to as commercial litigation. Litigation between private parties in non-business situations is often referred to as personal litigation. This includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Automobile accidents
  • Negligence
  • Fraud
  • Breach of contract
  • Nuisance
  • Clouds on title
  • Breach of fiduciary duties
  • Insurance actions
  • Invasion of privacy

Litigation occurs in “stages.” After the lawsuit is initiated by Plaintiff, the Defendant has time to respond. Once the Defendant does, the case enters into the Discovery phase, where parties exchange evidence which they plan to use at trial. This is called “propounding discovery.” Around the same time, pretrial motions may be filed, such as Motion for Summary Judgment, for example. Temporary orders may also be requested, which may enjoin a party from doing something while the case is pending.

If the case is not settled before the trial date, the parties have a trial. If a jury is used, then Voir Dire occurs, which is a preliminary examination of possible jury candidates to weed out anyone which cannot be neutral in making the decision for the case. Then, the actual trial occurs, which includes opening statements, direct examination, cross examination, and closing arguments. Finally, the Judge or Jury deliver their decision, which can also include punitive damages and attorney fees, based on nuanced statutory law and if the Judge or Jury deems it fit to award this.

Litigation requires highly specified and honed knowledge of civil procedure, evidence rules, local rules, and motion practice. Our office vigorously represents clients in civil litigation and has a track record of success. Litigation can be a life changing event because important issues are at stake. Contact us for strong representation in and outside the courtroom.

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"Mr. Illionsky is a lawyer's lawyer and a true gentleman. He is prompt to respond and very succinct. His knowledge of the law is also extremely extensive and came to my aid in a county ordinance dispute. I’d recommend him in a heartbeat."

Chris Lahiri

"Words cannot express how thankful I am to have had E.Z. take on my case. From the beginning of my case all the way to the end, he answered all of my questions, handled all obstacles, and defended at all times. You can say he is a Professional Bulldog in court! E.Z. took care of me and my family and we will always be thankful for his help! We highly, highly recommend E.Z! All the way!"

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Beni L.

"I was referred to Ilionsky Law and could not be happier with the service. E.Z. took my case on in a less than an optimal time frame, yet made me feel like I was in good hands throughout. There was excellent communication/responsiveness and counsel was straightforward with everything explained thoroughly (and with a lot of patience!). E.Z. was kind and thoughtful and I felt at ease knowing I had him going into the situation. I wholeheartedly would recommend this establishment!"

Neda Haggag

"Words cannot express the gratitude I feel toward Ilionsky, it was a blessing to have found him. Since the minute I was on the phone with him, I had nothing but total support and guidance. Had it not been for Ilionsky, I probably would have lost my case and my sanity, to be honest. He was always reachable, communicative, smart, straightforward, confident, and extremely competent. He is a truly compassionate human being, who cared for my case as if I was part of his family. Putting my trust in him was the best decision I have made. I felt confident and secure with him on my side through the whole case, not once did I doubt him. I know it's you said you are just doing your job, but it's my life- and I feel you went above and beyond and I just want to express my appreciation."

Karla Venegas

"Can I just say Thank God, for amazing attorneys that really care for you as a person and as a client, EZ Llionsky was understanding, attentive , help you fight for what is right. He is straight forward there is no bull ____ , my family and I are just very grateful that we found him.. I can not say it enough but Thank You so much!"

Dolores Charles

"EZ and his staff provided excellent service. He constantly went out of his way to make sure that my case was being handling properly. He genuinely cares about the case and more importantly making sure your okay during the process. His "go-get em'" attitude is something you want from a lawyer and that was the key to the outcome in my case. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND choosing Ilionsky Law firm for and legal matter!"

Daniyal Hasan

"Very happy with this firm's services. Always kept me up to date on all developments, was always very patient and explained everything to me so I can make all the decision so I felt in control of my divorce. My ex settled just to avoid his deposition because he was afraid of my lawyer. LOL."


Martha W

"I can't say Thank you enough!!! to attorney Ilionsky. He represented me in a custody case. Being a single mom on a fixed budget, I was thinking I couldn't afford good legal representation. I was wrong attorney Ilionsky is an AMAZING ATTORNEY! He is fair, honest and cares about his clients. He is not out to take your money and charge you for every little thing. My case dragged on for a little over a year. Through out that time I never felt that he didn't have my best interest. I can't say these things about many attorneys but I can say that about him. He CARES and I would definitely use him again if I need too."

Erika Alvarez