Litigation Philosophy

Areas of Practice

Law Offices of Brett K. South serves a wide variety of corporate, business, and individual clients in a broad range of litigation matters.  The firm's principal areas of practice include:

Insurance defense

Products liability

Professional liability

Bad faith litigation

Municipal liability

Vehicular negligence

Construction defect

Insurance coverage

Commercial trucking

Civil rights

Workers compensation

Premises liability


  • 1 Common sense will govern all assignments to our firm. We will only expend that amount of time, effort and money necessary to achieve a result that is commensurate with the client’s exposure, thereby avoiding pyrrhic victories.
  • 2 We will not view every assignment as one that is automatically headed for trial. We will review each assignment as a dispute between one or more parties capable of resolution short of protracted discovery and litigation.
  • 3 We will not fail to report the status of the case when significant developments occur, which means we will avoid generating needless correspondence in an attempt to bill more time on the file.
  • 4 We will not treat your status inquiries as trivial matters to be responded to at our own leisurely pace and convenience. Rather, we will promptly contact you by phone for an immediate update as well as follow-up by letter if necessary.
  • 5 We will evaluate our client’s exposure as soon as possible so we may determine steps we must take to get the case disposed of by means of motion, summary judgment, settlement or trial.
  • 6 We will communicate with you regarding any material decisions that must be made regarding retention of experts, travel, research, preparation of motions or counterclaims, opponent’s demands, settlement and trial strategy. We will not perform any lengthy discovery or legal research without your prior approval of a mutually agreeable litigation plan.
  • 7 We will provide an accurate, complete evaluation of the client’s exposure in any lawsuit. We will give you all the evidence, whether favorable or not, so that you can have all the facts you need to make an informed decision regarding the ultimate disposition of the case.
  • 8 We will not forget that our firm is only a part of the litigation management team, and not the entire team. We do not subscribe to the idea that once a lawsuit comes to us we have the last word on its handling, and we know there must be a full exchange of information and complete cooperation between each of us to achieve the same stated goal.
  • 9 We will not present you with any surprises when the case nears trial. Our evaluation will be realistic throughout and will not suddenly change dramatically merely because we are at the courthouse steps and confronted with an actual trial.
  • 10 We will not ignore you once trial commences. We will have daily contact with you to keep you fully abreast of the evidence and any developments in the status of negotiations. We encourage our clients to attend and view all proceedings firsthand.

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