Representing Clients In Civil Litigation
Initiating a civil suit or defending against one can be a complicated and overwhelming experience. We at Messick Law, PLLC are dedicated to removing complexity, cutting through roadblocks and managing cases in an efficient and easily understandable manner. While doing this, we can focus on developing a winning strategy for your case.
The key to winning any litigation strategy is the investigation, preparation and execution of the litigation plan developed for your case. At Messick Law, PLLC, we focus on the details but do not miss the bigger picture. As your civil litigation lawyers in Minnesota, we will develop a plan from the very beginning of your case to maximize your opportunities for success.
Whether you’re an individual or a business, a plaintiff or part of the defense, we can provide you with representation that suits you. A huge part of our strategy is our ability to communicate with you and listen to your specific goals and any needs that must be addressed.
Our litigation planning includes an ongoing analysis of the financial cost and projected benefits, so you have the tools to make sound financial decisions while achieving your goals.
Civil Cases We Handle
Our law offices have handled a wide variety of civil proceedings. We have the experience as well as the resources to maximize opportunities for a favorable outcome. With us as your civil litigation attorneys in Minnesota, expect an efficiently managed case that serves your best interests.
The following are examples of cases that we have handled for our clients, both as plaintiffs and defendants:
Real Estate Disputes
As your civil litigation lawyers, Messick Law, PLLC will help you settle any argument about real estate, from the easement and access issues to adverse possession and boundary issues.
Construction Project Disputes
We represent owners, general contractors and subcontractors in a wide variety of construction matters.
Whether someone has failed to perform as promised or if you are striving to change the contract you have signed, we can assist you.
Return Of Property
Has someone wrongfully taken or denied access to something you own? We can help you file a replevin or “claim and delivery” case to return what’s rightfully yours.
If someone refuses to pay you for your services or has failed to provide services they promised you, turn to Messick Law, PLLC for help in recovering what is yours.
Harassment Restraining Orders (HROs)
We have successfully helped clients secure restraining orders, as well as defending against them and overturning them on Appeal.
If you’re in disagreement with a tenant about rent or property rights, Messick Law has the experience to advocate for you in court.
General Civil Litigation Services
Every case is unique. If you are served with a civil complaint or need to initiate civil action, we can assist you from start to finish.
Frequently Asked Questions About Civil Litigation
What is civil litigation?
Civil litigation refers to the court process for resolving civil (versus criminal) lawsuits. It covers a vast array of disputes, from business matters to personal injury to real estate disputes and more.
Litigation involves several phases, from the initial discovery (that is, the exchanging of information and gathering of evidence) to settlement negotiations to trial, if needed. Many civil disputes get resolved outside of court through settlements.
What’s the difference between conciliation court and district court?
Conciliation court is a forum for addressing civil disputes involving a monetary amount below $15,000.00. It is also known as small claims court. Disputes involving damages in excess of $15,000.00, or certain types of claims (title to real estate, injunctive relief, and defamation), must be brought in district court.
What’s the difference between a harassment restraining order (HRO) and an order for protection (OFP)?
In Minnesota, a harassment restraining order is specific to cases involving harassment. It prevents the perpetrator from contacting the victim by any means. There doesn’t need to be any kind of relationship between the victim and the perpetrator.
An order for protection is for domestic abuse cases involving romantic partners (or exes), family members or household members. It can also prevent the perpetrator from contacting the victim and can order them to stay away from certain locations. Both harassment restraining orders and orders for protection can be brought by a parent or guardian on behalf of a minor child.
How does a real estate partition action work?
Apart from specific performance (a court order directing action or inaction), a Partition is generally the sole remedy when there is a dispute between joint landowners. These cases involve asking the court to force a sale of a jointly owned property (or to split it into parcels, in certain cases). The proceeds are then allocated among the owners. These cases often arise from real estate disputes in which the co-owners can’t agree on how to manage the property or whether to keep it.
What are my options for resolving a breach of contract?
Generally speaking, the best option is to reach a favorable settlement with the other party to fix the breach, provide compensation or both. Failing that, you may need to file a lawsuit to hold them accountable in court. It’s wise to speak with a lawyer about the options in your specific case.
What disputes commonly arise in construction projects?
Construction disputes are relatively common, especially in larger, more complex projects. They frequently involve issues such as:
- Unforeseen conditions
- Subpar materials
- Quality of the work performed
- Failure to meet specifications
- Construction defects
- Structural defects
- Improper grading
- Payment disputes
- Contractor liens
These disputes may involve multiple parties, from the architect and engineer to the developer, general contractor or material supplier.
About The Firm
Messick Law, PLLC was founded by Steven Messick, a highly respected civil litigation lawyer in the state of Minnesota. Steven currently serves as a council member of the Minnesota State Bar Association. He has an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell for strong legal ability and high ethical standards. Super Lawyers® has further recognized Steven as a Rising Star since 2019. As an experienced litigator, he is also a counselor and mediator who provides practical solutions to complex legal problems.
Unique Solutions For Your Legal Concerns
Messick Law, PLLC is serving clients across the state of Minnesota. We advocate for clients in civil disputes, developing solutions specific to your case. Whether you need a civil attorney as a plaintiff or defendant, we will represent your interest in the best possible way. Call 651-505-2655 today.