The terms trial lawyer and litigator are frequently tossed around, even by lawyers themselves, without much thought about what they mean. The two are related, but there is an important distinction. A litigator is an attorney who represents a client in a civil or criminal matter from beginning to end, whereas trial attorneys specialize in courtroom presentations. Strictly speaking, trial lawyers are found in large firms with ample support staff who can take care of the minutiae of complex cases.
Attorneys, like Karl Heideck, who own their own law offices or who work for smaller firms and represent plaintiffs or criminal defendants are almost always litigators, since they have to do a considerable amount of the trench work in addition to making court appearances. Overseeing a court case is no small feat as litigators must undertake a full investigation of all the pertinent facts. They often seek out the help of accountants and private investigators, and interview and depose witnesses in order to gather all of the information they need to represent their client in the most effective manner possible.
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Karl Heideck is a leading Philadelphia litigator. After graduating with his BA degree in English from Swarthmore College, Heideck attended Temple University Law School, earning his law degree in 2009. Before becoming a contract attorney specializing in banking and securities litigation, he was an associate and later a project attorney for two large Philadelphia law firms.
Heideck passed the Pennsylvania Bar exam in 2009 becoming a member of the state bar. As a contract litigator, Heideck primarily supports other law firms and does not take on his own clients. He continues to develop his skills in this high-stakes field of the law.