How Litigation Firms Moved Forward While Courts Were Largely Halted

Posted on April 30, 2021

Podhurst Orseck managing partner Steven Marks and Peter Prieto, head of the Miami firm’s commercial and class action practice

Podhurst Orseck, PA,  managing partners, Steven Marks and Peter Prieto, head of the Miami firm’s commercial and class action practice

By Raychel Lean and Jonathan Ringel | April 30, 2021

Litigation-based firms braced for severe business interruptions when the pandemic descended, and while the absence of trials had its effect, in many places, court dockets kept moving, and litigators kept working—handling depositions, negotiations, and various other client work.

Across ALM, we’ve asked litigation firms about their business during the past year-plus, and how they got to where they are today. Below is the best of the insights that Southeast firms shared with us.

“Despite a drop in filings across the country, we were able to file several business interruption class actions and individual cases against insurers … for Covid related losses, as well as several personal injury cases. We were also kept quite busy by our significant inventory of cases, which we were able to move forward efficientlyusing remote technology such as Zoom.

“For us, 2021 has started very positively with several new personal injury and commercial cases being referred to us, as well as a great deal of work we are doing on our existing cases. We believe litigation work and filings will pick up significantly in 2021 once the stay on jury trials is fully lifted, and once business activity and travel return to normal, in part, because of the increase in vaccinations. We expect 2021 to be a banner year for litigation work, especially in the areas of antitrust, environmental, consumer safety and products liability.”

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