Most individuals and businesses will never need to find a civil litigation attorney.  Despite the prevalent myth that we live in a litigious world, most people and businesses are able to resolve their differences the old fashioned way: by talk and compromise.  So, in the unusual case where it is necessary to find an attorney who can help with a dispute or lawsuit that involves civil litigation, knowing who to hire is important.  Hiring the right attorney can make the difference between results that fall on the spectrum of excellent to disastrous.

Civil litigation is not like other areas of the law.  If a consumer needs a family law attorney, an internet search narrowed by a zip code will give a lot of results to compare.  The same is true for other areas, like personal injury, bankruptcy, or criminal law.  Because civil litigation is so broad, it is difficult to find an attorney who has handled exactly your type of problem.  If you recently discovered that your neighbor’s wall is on your property, an internet search is not going to help. If your business recently received a demand letter from a software company that your business is using unauthorized copies of software, you may not find the right attorney in the phone book.  If your contractor failed to complete your remodeling project and is going out of business, finding an attorney who can make a Registrar of Contractor Recovery Fund claim is not easy.

If you or your business are searching for a commercial or civil litigation attorney in Mesa or the east valley of Maricopa County, the first thing you should look for is experience.  Has the attorney or law firm handled a wide variety of civil litigation matters, mediations, arbitrations, administrative proceedings and bench and jury trials?    The attorneys’ attitude about your case is also important.  Litigation is above all else an “investment.”  What are your chances of success, how expensive will it be, how long will it take, and what happens if you lose are all critical questions.  Finding an attorney who has handled a case involving your unique problem in the past is helpful, but finding an attorney who you trust to handle your case professionally and economically is also important.

If you have questions about your Mesa, Arizona or east valley civil litigation case in the areas of contract law, real estate, construction, partnership , corporate, business or limited liability company  disputes, please contact me and I will be happy to assist you in determining if you have a case. This blog should be used for informational purposes only. It does not create an attorney-client relationship with any reader and should not be construed as legal advice. If you need legal advice, please feel free to contact Joel E. Sannes at  480.461.5307, log on to, or contact an attorney in your area.