To progress a dispute through our adversarial justice system is a lengthy and expensive process. And keep in mind that fees for an advocate (attorney, lawyer) would realistically at least be doubled since, in most cases, each party hires an attorney.
Conduct client intake; initial fact investigation; legal research; draft complaint/answer; cross claim; counterclaim or \third-party claim; motion to dismiss on procedural grounds; defenses to procedural motions; meet and confer regarding case scheduling and discovery
Draft and file mandatory disclosures; draft/answer interrogatories; respond to requests for production of documents; identify and consult with experts; review expert reports; identify and interview non-expert witnesses; depose opponent’s witnesses; prepare for and attend opponent’s deposition; resolve electronically stored information issues; review discovery/case assessment; resolve discovery disputes
Attend mandatory ADR [alternative dispute resolution) settlement negotiations; settlement conferences; draft settlement agreement; draft and file motion to dismiss.
Legal research; draft motions in limine [meaning at the start – literal translation “on the threshold]; draft motions for summary judgement; answer opponents motions; prepare for motion hearings; argue motions
Legal research; prepare witnesses and experts; meet with co-counsel (trial team); prepare for voir dire [jury selection process]; motion to sequester; prepare opening and closing statements; prepare for direct (and cross) examination; prepare jury instructions; propose finding of fact and conclusions of law; propose orders; conduct trial
Conduct post-deposition settlement negotiations, draft motion for rehearing, JNOV [judgement notwithstanding verdict], additur [a legal term referring to the practice of a trial judge adding damages additional to the original amount awarded by the jury], remittitur [a ruling by a judge (usually upon motion to reduce or throw out a jury verdict) lowering the amount of damages granted by a jury in a civil case], enforce judgement, any appeal activity.