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Civil Litigation

California Only

Trial Lawyers

The Law Offices of R. M. Anthony Cosio has not only litigated many cases, we have tried cases in many California Courts. We balance our efforts to best present your case against economic considerations such as the cost of civil litigation and your potential recovery or loss.

Appellate Lawyers

The Law Offices of R. M. Anthony Cosio has a reputation among local counsel for high-quality representation of clients in cases on appeal. Many attorneys have looked to us to advocate for their clients when outcomes require review by a higher court.

Arbitration

An alternative to trial is private arbitration (Binding or Non-Binding.) Arbitration is less formal than a trial. There is no jury and, in many cases, arbitration is less expensive than a trial. Binding arbitration usually arises by agreement between the parties. The Law Offices of R. M. Anthony Cosio represents parties to arbitration proceedings. Mr. Cosio has also acted as an arbitrator.

Small Claims Court Advice and Appeal Representation

California provides litigants with cases where the amount in controversy is less than $7,500.00 the opportunity to present their cases without lawyers in small claims court. The Law Offices of R. M. Anthony Cosio helps litigants prepare these cases so that they can be presented to their best advantage at the small claims trial. The Law Offices of R. M. Anthony Cosio also represents litigants who appeal small claims decisions to Superior Court.

Administrative Proceedings

Certain types of governmental action are handled through administrative proceedings before state agencies. Examples are the California Department of Motor Vehicles, Department of Real Estate, Alcohol Beverage Control Board, and State Contractors License Board. The Law Offices of R. M. Anthony Cosio represents clients in matters before these types of governmental entities.

Corporate Counsel

Sometimes businesses choose to hire legal counsel to oversee litigation counsel. This assures that the business is appraised of the status of the litigation, permits analysis of conduct in which the business can engage to shield itself from liability and potentially minimize its losses, and provides a check and balance against overbilling by litigation counsel. The Law Offices of R. M. Anthony Cosio acts as corporate oversight counsel on behalf of businesses involved in litigation.

Mediation

A less adversarial alternative to litigation is mediation. In mediation, a mediator attempts to bring the parties to an agreement to resolve their dispute. The Law Offices of R. M. Anthony Cosio represents clients in mediations.

Special Appearances

When trial counsel is out of the area and the amount in controversy makes it prohibitive for him or her to appear in local proceedings, The Law Offices of R. M. Anthony Cosio will especially appear on behalf of the trial attorney’s clients at such matters as status conferences, depositions, non-critical hearings and settlement conferences.

Neutral Evaluations

Before a party decides to engage in the expensive process of litigation, they may seek a formal evaluation of the potential cost, chances of success, and likely recovery in order to determine whether it makes economic sense to pursue litigation. The Law Offices of R. M. Anthony Cosio provides neutral evaluations so that small and medium-sized businesses can determine whether litigation is worthwhile.

Local Counsel

The Law Offices of R. M. Anthony Cosio is knowledgeable in local court procedures. We know many of the local judges and their predilections. Out-of-state firms can turn to The Law Offices of R. M. Anthony Cosio to act as local counsel on behalf of their clients.

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