Litigation in Tampa
Litigation is the process of going to court to argue your case. A lawsuit involves a plaintiff filing a formal complaint with the appropriate court, and then serving a copy upon a defendant to provide them notice of the impending court case. The defendant then files an answer within a prescribed amount of time, and the lawsuit commences. Litigation of a formal lawsuit generally involves three stages: discovery, trial, and post-trial. In addition to the actual lawsuit, pre-suit negotiations, mediations, arbitrations, and appeals may also be part of the litigation process. Motion practice is the mechanism where a party petitions the court to make a decision regarding a disputed aspect of the case. Litigation is typically settled by agreement between the parties, but may also be heard and decided by a jury or judge in court.
Joryn Jenkins of Open Palm Law has almost four decades of experience litigating various types of cases, including family law, bankruptcy, criminal, appellate, commercial, and equal employment. Let her experience work for you and your litigation.
FAQs for Litigation
Do I have to litigate my divorce or other family law issue?
No. There are many process options available to those experiencing family legal issues. Aside from litigation, a family may choose to mediate, collaborate, cooperate, or negotiate with or without attorneys.
If I don’t litigate my divorce, will I have to go to court?
If you are able to resolve all of your issues without litigating them, you will only be required to attend a short uncontested final hearing during which the judge will sign your final judgment of divorce.
If my spouse retains an attorney to litigate our divorce, must I?
You are not required to retain an attorney in family law disputes. However, it is wise to at least have one on retainer to consult with as questions arise. It is much harder to modify a final judgment than to obtain the original judgment, so it is important to get it right in the beginning.
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“Joryn was simply amazing. Her supporting, consistent, honest, and most importantly – productive – approach was exactly what I needed to get through the process. A court trial was imminent if we did not have a successful mediation (the third one!), and no other attorney was able to focus the entire team like Joryn.”Danielle, January 2016
JORYN JENKINS | FOUNDING PARTNER,
TRIAL ATTORNEY, COLLABORATIVE ATTORNEY
Open Palm in Tampa, Florida is proud to present our firm’s founder, Joryn Jenkins. Please take a moment to read about her qualifications to assist you. We also invite you to view her resume.
In the beginning, Ms. Jenkins worked for one of the ten largest law firms in the country in its Washington, D.C. office. After nearly three years practicing in all aspects of regulatory law, she took a break from big firm life to work exclusively for one of her own clients on a class action involving more than fifty sex discrimination claims in California. When she returned to the East Coast, she accepted an offer from the state attorney in Tampa, E.J. Salcines (now an appellate judge). CONTINUE READING…