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Elmhurst Litigation Attorneys | Civil Liitigation Lawyers, Elmhurst

Our experienced team of Elmhurst litigation attorneys will put your interests first. From the outset of your case, we will set reasonable expectations regarding costs and outcomes. We will be your trusted adviser, seeking a favorable resolution to your matter as quickly, efficiently, and cost-effectively as possible while aggressively pursuing every legal avenue to defend your rights.
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"Kevin was extremely professional, responsive and knowledgeable when I came to him for help. I would definitely recommend O'Flaherty Law!"

We believe your attorney should not speak in legalese

Finding an attorney who is a “real person” can be difficult. Many attorneys surround themselves almost exclusively with other attorneys and are accustomed to speaking in ivory tower legalese.  You should be able to connect with your attorney on a personal level, and he or she should speak to you in plain language that you can understand.  You will be working very closely with this person on issues that are very important to you. It is important that he or she be down-to-earth and someone that you connect with.

We believe your attorney should be accessible

The most common complaint that clients have of their attorneys is that the attorney is unreachable, does not communicate with them regularly, or does not promptly return your calls.  Your attorney should reach out to you about your case regularly and respond within 24 hours to calls and e-mails.  An open line of communication between you and your attorney is essential to building trust.

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We believe your attorney should be realistic with you about costs and outcomes

Your attorney’s goal should not be to win at all costs.  Rather, it should be to achieve a favorable outcome for you as efficiently as possible.  It is important that your attorney set realistic expectations at the outset as to the costs you should expect, the concerns that the attorney has about the outcome of your case, and the length of time that you should expect your case to take.

Regardless of the nature of your case, we have an experienced attorney who will focus on your individual needs. Our team of attorneys works closely together, bringing each of their different fields of experience to bear in order to optimize our client care.

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Kevin's firm handled setting up my will and trust recently. They took something that seemed intimidating and made it easy to understand. I've also referred a couple clients to Kevin - he's trustworthy, approachable and very fairly priced.


"I've used Kevin and his firm's services since 2011. He gave undivided attention to my cases, advised me on different options and..."

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"Kevin was extremely professional, responsive and knowledgeable when I came to him for help. I would definitely recommend O'Flaherty Law!"

About Elmhurst Civil Litigation Attorneys:

  • We Are Cost-Conscious And Cost-Effective!  Our Elmhurst litigation attorneys are conscious of the costs associated with dispute resolution and litigation.  We work efficiently to obtain a favorable result in an affordable manner.  Your litigation case should be treated as an investment, and we ensure that your case strategy makes financial sense.  
  • We Are Experienced Aggressive Advocates and Great at What We Do!  Kevin O'Flaherty began his career as a litigator, handling multi-plaintiff complex commercial lawsuits in both state and federal court.  Kevin was named one of Suburban Life Magazine's Best Under 40.  Our team of Elmhurst litigation attorneys have the skill and experience necessary to give you the advantage you need to win or favorably settle your case. 
  • Our Clients Love Us Because We Go Above And Beyond!  Our Elmhurst litigation attorneys are accessible and client focused.  We are available 24/7 to resolve any emergency issues that may arise.  It is our policy to promptly return your calls and e-mails, and to affirmatively inform you and educate you on any developments in your case.  Our client-focused approach has caused many of our clients to take the time to leave us glowing reviews.  Due to the overwhelmingly positive response from our clients, we are a proud recipient Avvo's Client Choice Award.  We look forward to the chance to "wow" you with our above-and-beyond client service!
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What to Expect From a Legal Consultation

The purpose of a consultation is to determine whether our firm is a good fit for your legal needs. Although we often discuss expected results and costs, our attorneys do not give legal advice unless and until you choose to retain us.

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​110 E. Schiller St., Ste. 200B

​Elmhurst, IL 60126

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I am personally committed to ensuring that each one of our clients receives the highest level of client service from our team.  Our mission is to provide excellent legal work in a cost-effective manner while maintaining open lines of communication between our clients and their attorneys.  Many of our clients are going through difficult times in their lives when they reach out to us.  They should feel comfortable leaning on the experience and knowledge of our attorneys as their counselors and advocates.  We are here to help!

- Attorney Kevin O'Flaherty, Owner

Check Out Articles and Videos from our Elmhurst Civil Litigation Attorneys

Illinois Appeal Process Explained

In this video, our Elmhurst civil litigation attorneys explain the processes of appeals in Illinois. ​In Illinois, cases are initially filed and heard in the county circuit courts. These are also known as "trial courts" because the circuit courts are the level on which each side presents evidence and jury and bench trials are held in order to make findings of fact.
‍The appellate court will review the record of the trial court along with briefs written by both parties and decide whether to reverse the trial court’s ruling, uphold it, or order some further action by the trial court. If the appellate court reverses or upholds the trial court ruling, the losing party can then appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court.

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Inflection Points At Which Your Case Is Likely To Settle

In this video, our Elmhurst civil litigation attorneys discuss what motions for summary judgement is in civil litigation cases. ​There are several points in the timeline of a dispute in which the parties are likely to come to a settlement.  Our Elmhurst litigation attorneys will reevaluate your case with you at each stage, and plan with you based on the expected costs of the next phase of the case, and the likelihood of achieving the settlement you desire.  

  1. Demand Letter:  Small disputes are likely to settle after a well-worded letter citing the relevant facts and applying the statutory and case law to those facts, informing the other side of the full ramifications if a settlement is not achieved within a specified time period.  Oftentimes this letter will either spur the other party to settle before paying for their own attorney, or have their attorney initiate negotiation by phone. 
  2. Complaint & Summons:  If the defendant is not taking the plaintiff's claims seriously after the issuance of a demand letter, he or she may be spurred to engage in settlement negotiations after being served by a sheriff with a Complaint, which initiates a lawsuit against them, and a Summons, which requires them to appear in court on a specified return date.  At this point, the defendant understands that the threat of litigation was not an idle one, and that he or she will now have to hire an attorney.  A good attorney will realistically explain the defendant's prospects of success as well as the costs associated with a failure to settle the case, and will often encourage settlement.  This is why many cases settle shortly after the plaintiff files the Complaint. 
  3. Pre-Trial Settlement Conference or Mediation: If the plaintiff and defendant are not properly motivated to settle immediately after the lawsuit has been initiated, the next point at which the case is likely to settle is at a pre-trial settlement conference or mediation.  These are typically conducted either at the conclusion of written discovery or shortly before trial.  A pre-trial settlement conference is a meeting of the judge with both the plaintiff and the defendant, wherein the judge attempts to convince both parties to come together to settle the case.  A mediation is similar, but instead of the judge, a third party mediator (usually a retired attorney or judge) will attempt to bring the parties together.  Pre-trial settlement conferences and mediations are incredibly effective.  They are typically held once both sides have a good idea of the viability of their cases, and the judges and mediators can be very convincing and creative in structuring a settlement that both parties can accept.    
  4. After Depositions Have Been Conducted: The next point at which cases are likely to settle is after all of the primary witnesses have been deposed.  At this point each party's cards are on the table.  Both sides know what factual and legal arguments the other side will make, and both sides will have a good estimation of their own prospects for success at trial.  This will often allow them to agree on the actual value of the plaintiffs' claims. 
  5. Immediately Prior to Trial:  Many cases settle the morning of trial, during trial, or after each party has put on the case, but before the judge issues his or her ruling.  At this point, both parties are faced with an all-or-nothing outcome and realize that the other side will not be bluffed into changing their settlement position.  Often, when faced with a final and immediate decision on whether to meet in the middle or take the risk of trial, the parties will choose settlement.

Since most cases end in settlement, our Elmhurst litigation attorneys work from the outset to get you the settlement you desire at the earliest possible stage of your case.  Early settlements tend to be more favorable to both the plaintiff and defendant, because the earlier a case settles, the less each side will have spent on attorney fees, making it easier for both sides to meet in the middle.  At O'Flaherty Law our philosophy puts more money in our clients' pockets, as opposed to those of the attorneys for each side.

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