Litigation Attorney Cover Letter
In civil cases, it is up to a Litigation Attorney to represent either plaintiffs or defendants. In the early stages of a case, Litigation Attorneys examine evidence, take witness statements, conduct client interviews and gather necessary documentation to prepare for trial. They also draft pleas, motions and arguments; retain witnesses to appear in court; prepare exhibits; and meet with and advise clients. If a civil case does not settle out of court, then Litigation Attorneys present their findings and arguments in a trial. They present open and closing statements and examine and cross-examine witnesses on the stand. Finally, Litigation Attorneys negotiate a settlement and, when applicable, file an appeal if the case does not turn out in their favor. In a repeal, these attorneys will perform many of the same tasks as in the first trial, such as gathering documents, drafting motions and presenting arguments.
The list below presents common skills and abilities associated with being a Litigation Attorney that would likely be highlighted in a professional cover letter.
- Negotiation and persuasion skills
- Verbal and written communication skills
- Attention to detail
- Organizational skills
- Research skills
- Interpersonal skills
Find out how these skills can be mentioned in a Litigation Attorney cover letter by reviewing the sample provided below.
Dear Mr. Tate:
It has come to my attention that your firm is in need of a Litigation Attorney and I am interested in being considered for this position. I bring 10+ years of experience in litigating civil cases and reaching settlements both in and out of court.
In nearly 80 percent of my cases, I was able to achieve a favorable outcome by applying strong negotiation and mediation skills to arrive at an settlements that benefitted my client, whether they were defendant or plaintiff.
I meticulously research each case and analyze evidence and organize case details. I am fully prepared when entering a courtroom or meeting and will continue to bring these practices to your firm. In addition, I have developed strong working relationships with judges, lawyers and other legal professionals in various district courts through the effective use of my interpersonal and communication skills.
Outlined below are some career highlights that I feel clearly illustrate my abilities and define my qualifications to assume the role of Litigation Attorney for your firm:
- Resolved $720,000 civil case in favor of the plaintiff for The Dewey Group, the largest civil case at the time for this law firm
- Negotiated 45 percent reduction in fines for defendant in Long v. Dupont for Howard, Dean, Anderson Law Firm
- Settled nearly 90 percent of civil cases for Schuppmann Hellenberg without courtroom trial; over two-thirds of these cases in favor of our client
- Awarded Juris Doctor from Stanford Law School
I expect to continue my success rate with your firm in any case assigned to me. My detail-oriented approach to each case, coupled with my exhaustive research and interviewing skills, has shown to prepare me for extensive negotiations and courtroom appearances necessary to this profession.
I am eager for the opportunity to meet in person and further discuss your opportunity and my background. An interview can be arranged at your earliest convenience.
Thank you for your consideration.
Gerald V. Kline