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The difference between a litigator and a trial lawyer

I was listening to the "Behind the Trial" podcast (I recommend it if you are interested in the legal matters). In episode 2 there was a discussion of the difference between a litigator and a trial lawyer that really resonated with me.


According to this view a litigator is someone who practices law but does not want to go to court. Many litigators are slow and unresponsive, and spend their days drawing out matters. They prefer to settle, and some in this type of practice dread the idea of a trial, and will do almost anything to get out of it.

Trial lawyer

A trial lawyer is also involved in litigation matters, but perfectly willing to drive matters to trial. A trial lawyer will not compromise a client's case just to settle it. Driving a matter to a trial is always an option.

We at Floden Ward LLP view ourselves as trial lawyers. We always approach our files with a willingness to go to court. We are always trying to learn and improve our approach to trials, and are unafraid to drive our matters to trial, where needed.

If you find yourself in a situation where you need a trial lawyer in Edmonton, Calgary or elsewhere in Alberta, please feel free to contact us.

The information contained in this article is not legal advice. No solicitor client relationship is formed through this article. The reader is encouraged to retain counsel for advice in these matters.

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