If your previous interactions with the judicial system haven't been positive, you're not alone. Good lawyering can make the difference, because judges are forced to take notice. So can listening, attentiveness, and incisive analysis, which drive your opponent to the bargaining table.
The D.C. Court of Appeals' landmark opinion in Chase Plaza Condominium Ass'n v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, et al., 98 A.3d 166 (D.C. 2014), changed the legal landscape affecting condominiums and will cause upheaval for years to come.
Mortgage lenders are still reeling from the Court's decision in the Chase Plaza case, which in many ways broke the stranglehold of the big banks on the real estate marketplace. The industry's power players are not pleased.
The District of Columbia's Consumer Protection Procedures Act ("DCCPPA" or "CPPA") offers much broader protection than the federal statute. The DCCPPA creates a statutory right of action, backed by the Council of the District of Columbia, even in cases where common-law claims might fail.
The DCCPPA prohibits a broad array of unlawful trade practices, and allows for recovery of reasonable attorney fees, to motivate private attorneys to fight for consumers.
Federal case law contains some of the most influential reasoning in American jurisprudence.
The Law Office of Catherine Park is a skilled practitioner of the federal rules of procedure, federal bankruptcy law, the First and Fourteenth Amendments (Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses), the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, the Fair Housing Act, and federal constitutional law including criminal defense.
Legal proceedings are uncertain. Many unknown factors may affect the likelihood of success of your case.
Witness Credibility: Memory, performance under cross-examination, confidence, admissible convictions or prior misconduct
Governing Law: Statutes and case law, adverse authority, ambiguities in the law, cases of first impression
Facts and Scope of Discovery: Existence of favorable or adverse evidence, willingness or availability of witnesses to testify, Judge's pretrial rulings on allowable scope of discovery
Opponent's Case: Credibility of witnesses, favorable or adverse facts, favorable or adverse law
Judge Assigned To Case: Judicial bias, personal bias, past employment (as prosecutor, defender, government attorney, etc.), pretrial rulings
Jury: Limited voir dire, bias toward litigant, jury instructions, apathy
Appeal: Mistakes made by trial judge, especially evidentiary rulings at trial and/or pretrial decisions on scope of allowable discovery
CAVEAT: No case is perfect or without flaws. A "perfect plaintiff" or "perfect defendant" doesn't exist. Don't be discouraged if your case has flaws. Always consult with a lawyer (or several lawyers) before determining not to pursue your claim or defense.