Trial Attorneys for the Outerbanks, NC

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Adept Advocates Serving Clients in Elizabeth City, Moyock, and the Outer Banks for a Wide Variety of Civil Matters

Civil litigation is the court process that addresses economic injuries stemming from contractual relationships, business associations, negligence, or even intentional misconduct. In civil cases, a party typically seeks redress for their losses in the form of economic damages or specific performance to make themselves whole again. Not to be confused with the criminal law process, civil litigation has its own set of rules, regulations, and procedures that are separate and apart from other types of law.

At The Twiford Law Firm, P.C., our attorneys have vast experience in handling a broad scope of civil litigation matters. We provide knowledgeable representation to businesses and individuals regarding commercial disputes, nursing home liability issues, general and professional liability claims of all types, insurance coverage matters, employment issues, and various other civil claims. Offering skillful insight and aggressive advocacy, we work diligently to achieve a positive resolution for each of our clients.

Fighting for the Best Possible Outcome in Every Case

Whether you’re a private citizen who was wronged by a neighbor, a business owner whose bottom line is threatened by a breach of contract, or the victim of negligence, it’s critical to stand up for your rights. In some situations, these kinds of disputes can be settled outside of the courtroom through negotiation or using an alternative dispute resolution method. But in other cases, the best possible outcome might only be achieved by commencing a lawsuit and utilizing the litigation process.

At The Twiford Law Firm, we assist clients with a variety of issues that often give rise to civil litigation, including the following:

  • Commercial and business disputes
  • Contractual disputes
  • Negligence
  • Breach of contract matters
  • Personal injury claims
  • Property damage claims
  • Employment matters
  • Insurance company disputes
  • Disputes over money or property

It’s essential to be aware that the civil litigation process encompasses so much more than simply the trial with which it culminates. Importantly, there is a considerable amount of work that goes into a case before it can go before a judge and jury. The attorneys at The Twiford Law Firm possess a deep understanding of the complex nuances involved in civil litigation. With a focus on personalized attention and high-quality legal services, we will work closely with you to craft a comprehensive strategy that satisfies your goals and objectives.

Skillfully Representing Your Interests During the Civil Litigation Process

When an amicable resolution cannot be reached between parties in a legal matter, litigation can be an extremely powerful tool to help ensure you obtain your desired results. Although the facts and circumstances of each case are unique, every civil case generally follows the same framework as it proceeds through the litigation process. The phases of civil litigation include the following: (1) the investigatory stage, (2) filing pleadings, (3) conducting discovery, (4) arguing motions, and (5) trial.


After a thorough investigation has been conducted into the facts of the case, a civil lawsuit is commenced by filing a summons and complaint. These papers must be served upon the defendant in the action who then has a certain amount of time to file their answer and serve it upon the plaintiff in the case. The plaintiff may then choose to respond to the defendant’s answer by filing a reply. Collectively, these documents are called “pleadings” and set forth each party’s position regarding the dispute.


Once the pleadings stage has been completed and the issues have been defined to the court, each side will engage in the discovery process. Discovery is the method by which the parties make formal demands for evidence and exchange information with each other. This process allows each party to have full knowledge of the issues and evidence that will be raised at trial. It is typically the longest phase of litigation and can include interrogatories, depositions, and requests for documentation.


Throughout the litigation process, both sides will file motions requesting the court to decide various issues or require the other party to do something. If there are no disputed facts, a party may move for “summary judgment” and request the court decide the case in their favor. Motions can also be made to compel discovery, strike evidence from the record, or dismiss the case entirely.


At trial, the parties may present evidence, question witnesses, and make arguments supporting their cases. While many trials are in front of a jury, some are solely decided by a judge — these are known as “bench trials.” After closing arguments have been made, the jury will deliberate and reach a verdict. If either party isn’t satisfied with the outcome of the case, they may file an appeal, provided they have valid grounds to do so.

At The Twiford Law Firm, we know the substantial impact a civil litigation matter can have on your life and livelihood. We are committed to guiding our clients through every aspect of the civil litigation process and utilize the full extent of our resources to help ensure successful results in every case.

Contact a Qualified North Carolina Civil Litigation Attorney

Civil litigation can often be stressful and overwhelming. But having a qualified attorney by your side can make all the difference in the outcome of your case. With offices located in Moyock and Elizabeth City, The Twiford Law Firm, P.C. provides experienced representation for civil litigation matters throughout Northeastern North Carolina and the Outer Banks. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to learn how we can help.

Attorneys:  John Morrison