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Civil Practice: Opening the Case 2019 Edition

This handbook guides attorneys through the steps they must take to initiate a civil action.
  • Product ID: 19CIVOPEN-U
  • Formats:
    • Handbook
    • E-book


This handbook is an essential guide to the steps an attorney must take in order to initiate a civil action. Details on how, when, and where to bring a lawsuit and which parties to sue are extensively covered. Chapter topics include the attorney-client relationship; development of the case on facts and law; settlement; jurisdiction of the subject matter; venue and forum non conveniens; limitations; pleadings; original process and appearance; interpleader; third-party practice; motions, affidavits, and orders; and new parties. The handbook includes over 50 sample forms, including multiple motions to dismiss and motions to transfer venue as well as a Petition to Settle Claim, a Structured Settlement Agreement, a Notice of Service, and a Notice of Hearing. Also included are a variety of sample language provisions, a checklist for an attorney-client agreement, and a client interview checklist.

Chapter 1 — The Attorney-Client Relationship

Andrew J. Keyt, Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen, P.C., Peoria, and Tobin J. Taylor, Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen, P.C., Chicago

Chapter 2 — Development of the Case on Facts and Law

Terrence M. Quinn and Stephen J. Phillips, Phillips Law Offices, Chicago

Chapter 3 — Settlement

Julie A. Webb and Brittany N. Meeker, Craig & Craig, LLC, Mount Vernon

Chapter 4 — Jurisdiction of the Subject Matter

Lynsey A. Stewart, Cassiday Schade LLP, Chicago

Chapter 5 — Venue and Forum Non Conveniens

Panos T. Topalis and David J. Handley, Tribler Orpett & Meyer, P.C., Chicago

Chapter 6 — Limitations

Sean P. Murray, Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman, LLC, Chicago

Chapter 7 — Pleadings

Kevin R. Sido and Elyse M. Ryan, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, Chicago, and Adria East Mossing and James P. Navarre, Mossing & Navarre, LLC, Chicago

Chapter 8 — Original Process and Appearance

Marc A. Taxman and Julie L. Pustilnik, Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman, LLC, Chicago

Chapter 9 — Interpleader

Alexander B. Mahler and Rebecca E. Bennett, Nicolaides Fink Thorpe Michaelides Sullivan LLP, Chicago

Chapter 10 — Third-Party Practice

John F. Watson and Steven R. Wolke, Craig & Craig, LLC, Mattoon

Chapter 11 — Motions, Affidavits, and Orders

Timothy R. Herman, Clark Hill PLC, Chicago

Chapter 12 — New Parties

Douglas M. Sinars, Owen Blood, and Simon M. Baker, Sinars Slowikowski Tomaska LLC, Chicago


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