The Law Firm of Blanchard, Merriam, Adel & Kirkland, P.A., Attorneys at Law serving Ocala, Florida Since 1974

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Civil Litigation




Civil Litigation

Civil litigation is a legal dispute between two or more parties that seeks money damages, specific performance of some duty or some declaration of rights rather than criminal sanctions. Our trial attorneys at BMAK specialize in civil litigation and represent parties, both plaintiffs (those who seek a recovery) and defendants (those being sued), in trials, hearings, arbitrations and mediations before administrative agencies, foreign tribunals and all state, federal, and appellate Courts. Our civil litigation practice encompasses a broad range of legal disputes, including personal injury and wrongful death claims, product liability claims, actions against insurance companies, employment disputes, construction disputes, real estate transactions, commercial and residential landlord/tenant disputes, contract disputes, collections, banking, civil rights claims and defense, and class actions. Our trial attorneys also know that litigation should be a last resort.

In that regard we have found that our experience and reputation aids our clients in avoiding litigation by properly exhausting settlement opportunities prior to resorting to Court action whether in the Courts of Marion County or any other county in the state of Florida or in the Federal Courts. Administrative actions can also often be settled when properly presented and explained. If your case cannot be settled, you can take comfort knowing that the lawyers of BMAK have tried scores of jury trials to verdict, as well as hundreds of non-jury trials.

In the cities of Florida, such as Ocala there are different levels of civil trial Courts. County Courts deal with disputes up to $15,000, while disputes in excess of $15,000 are resolved in Circuit Court. For Federal claims here in Ocala we have our own division of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, which is the trial Court in the federal system.

Our senior trial and appellate attorney, Dock Blanchard is proud to be one of only five attorneys in the state of Florida to be board certified both as a civil trial attorney and appellate practitioner. As a board certified civil trial lawyer, Mr. Blanchard handles cases not only in Ocala Courts but in State and Federal Courts throughout not only Florida but in other states. Mr. Blanchard has tried Federal cases in New York and Texas, and State cases in Idaho and Arizona.