A lawsuit is initiated in a federal court (generally federal district courts) by the filing a summons and complaint (and other required documents) with the clerk of court for the federal district court that is the appropriate district for resolving the dispute based on the location of the parties and/or the nature of the dispute (for example, the Central District of California).
However, to file a lawsuit in federal court, as opposed to state court, there are additional requirements. The controversy between the parties must either involve an issue of federal law (such as federal copyright or trademark law) and/or involves parties that reside or are located in different jurisdictions (such as California and New York) and the amounts in dispute are in excess of $75,000.00.
James has represented hundreds of clients in lawsuits filed in federal courts. Licensed to practice in California, Florida, New York and Pennsylvania, James has filed and litigated cases in all of these jurisdictions.
Due to his vast experience, James is able to advise clients prior to the commencement of litigation in order to avoid the expense and uncertainty associated with lawsuits if possible. However, in the event litigation cannot be avoided, James is able to guide his clients to an optimum outcome while minimizing the costs and disruption that often is a consequence of a lawsuit.
If you are either considering filing a lawsuit or already in litigation, please contact us at 800-590-6905 or click here. The initial consultation is always complimentary.
At the conclusion of the initial consultation, all clients are provided a comprehensive assessment of their legal needs, the time involved to provide the proposed services and the projected costs. Depending on the nature of the matter, the firm may be able to represent you on a contingency fee basis, which means no cost or fees unless there is a recovery.