In this video, I am grateful to have my friend, Matt, rejoin me for another AMA. We had a conversation about general Pennsylvania litigation topics. Matt served on a Philadelphia jury and I try to shed some light on the basic legal concepts that were in play in that case. This includes filing the Complaint, conducting Discovery, the Battle of the Experts and getting the case to Trial.
Mr. Dimmerman is a seasoned trial attorney, having handled a plethora of litigation matters, over the course of roughly the past two decades. Lawsuits have ranged from the simplest and most straightforward of disputes to complex and sophisticated litigation. He is a true champion for justice and places the utmost premium on advocating zea
Mr. Dimmerman is a seasoned trial attorney, having handled a plethora of litigation matters, over the course of roughly the past two decades. Lawsuits have ranged from the simplest and most straightforward of disputes to complex and sophisticated litigation. He is a true champion for justice and places the utmost premium on advocating zealously for his clientele. At the same time, Attorney Dimmerman is keenly aware of the costs associated with litigation, whether financial or emotional, and ensures that every client is thoroughly apprised of all potential outcomes and is fully empowered to consent in a truly meaningful way.
Although Attorney Dimmerman tends to concentrate on Philadelphia County matters, he does consider out of county representation on a case-by-case basis. The following list, by no means exhaustive, represents Dimmerman PC's trial practice interests:
The litigation process, at any level, requires thoroughness, precision and creativity. Collaboration between attorney and client is absolutely essential, as identifying all potential witnesses and evidence can make a marked difference during pre-trial motion practice and naturally, at trial as well. However, it is one thing to feel aggrieved and quite another to make out a viable case, especially the damages component of any claim. Properly evaluating the viability of a litigation matter, so that the client can engage in a proper cost-benefit analysis, is also a vital step in the process. On a defense matter, although there are standard legal defenses available, more specific factual defenses can also be asserted; their importance should not be overlooked. The Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure also permit a litigant to raise preliminary objections to a claim. However, these technical objections must be asserted in a timely manner and can have a significant bearing on the outcome of a case. For instance, where a plaintiff seeks punitive damages and attorneys' fees, and these are not legally supportable, an opponent's successful challenge might limit the client's exposure dramatically. Jurisdiction, venue and standing are other bases to make such technical challenges.
In a high-stakes, commercial real estate case involving a well-known office building along Philadelphia's business corridor, Attorney Dimmerman did just that, namely successfully objected, resulting in a dismissal of plaintiff's case outright and an award of attorneys' fees, arguably a very rare outcome at such a preliminary phase. In another matter, at the Compulsory Arbitration level, he achieved a defense award on behalf of a property owner confronting a personal injury claim. In another, he achieved a settlement in complex condominium litigation, on behalf of nearly thirty property owners; the condominium is a notable one in Philadelphia. Attorney Dimmerman, along with co-counsel, achieved a significant settlement in a legal malpractice case, brought against another lawyer in the educational context. In federal court, he also obtained a settlement in a highly complex, intrafamily contract dispute. Perhaps, one of his proudest victories was a jury verdict he obtained on behalf of an exceptional client, in a case brought by the Philadelphia Housing Authority.
These are just a handful of the many trial matters Mr. Dimmerman has handled over the course of nearly two decades. He is always meticulous and exceedingly well-prepared, strengths that bode well for his clients' success. In analyzing matters, he pays careful attention to jurisdiction and venue issues, viable causes of action and defenses, pre-trial motion practice, and employing all discovery tools available. If you believe you have a litigation case or are in need of a zealous defense, Dimmerman PC wants to achieve your litigation goals.
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