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Top 3 Qualities to Look for in Your Attorney

Your attorney should not speak in legalese.

Finding an attorney who doesn't use complex legal jargon and is a “real person” can be difficult. You should be able to connect with your attorney on a personal level, and they should speak to you in plain language that you can understand.

Your attorney should be accessible.

You deserve a responsive legal team that communicates regularly and promptly returns your calls.  Although legal matters can take time, you should feel confident in the progress of your case.

Your attorney should be realistic about costs and outcomes.

You want a favorable outcome as efficiently as possible. Your attorney should set realistic expectations on costs, concerns about the outcome of your case, and the length of time that you can expect your case to take.

  • 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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Elmhurst Civil Litigation Attorneys

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O'Flaherty Law of Elmhurst

​110 E. Schiller St., Ste. 200B

​Elmhurst, IL 60126

(331) 253-4060
elmhurst@oflaherty-law.com​
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Why O'Flaherty Law of Elmhurst?

Why O'Flaherty Law of Elmhurst?

Why O'Flaherty Law of Elmhurst?

Top 3 Qualities to Look for in Your Attorney

Cost-Effective

When we started our firm in the midst of the recession, we learned to survive in a lean environment and pass the savings on to our clients.  As the economy has improved, we have not changed our philosophy.  We are hungry to grow our client base, and so we have intentionally set our rates below what the market will bear.  Our mission is to make each client walk away feeling that they got more value than they paid for.  This is easier to do when we make our prices affordable.

Client-Focused

The secret to our success as a firm is incredibly simple: we build a personal relationship with each of our clients and treat them with the respect that they deserve.  We pride ourselves on our open lines of communication, frequent check-ins with our clients, and our accessibility.  We are here to help you in any way we can, often leveraging our network of resources to assist you with non-legal issues that you may be having.  We are your one-stop problem-solver and trusted adviser.  All attorneys say that they provide excellent client service, but, unlike other attorneys, we practice what we preach.  We make sure every client walks away happy . . . period.

Comprehensive

We are your community law firm.  Our business is built on long-term relationships with our clients.  Our clients have the luxury of building trust over time with one team of attorneys, rather than having to find a new attorney for each different type of matter that arises over the course of their lives.  No one attorney can be experienced at everything.  That is why we have worked hard to assemble a team of attorneys with extensive experience in different areas of experience.  Our attorneys work together closely to bring our collective experience to bear on any issue that may arise for our clients.

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Great at What We Do

Since our business comes entirely from referrals and community involvement, our reputation for quality legal work is our greatest asset . . . and it is extremely important to us.  Each of our attorneys is truly experienced in his or her practice areas, with the highest personal standards of excellence.  We are proud of our reputation in the community, and we did not achieve it by accident.  Our reputation for excellence comes from hard work, continuing education, and an above-and-beyond approach to our clients’ cases.

Our Elmhurst Civil Litigation Attorneys provide excellent service in the following areas of law:

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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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Meet the Owner

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

In this Learn About Law podcast & videoblog, Elmhurst civil litigation attorney Kevin O'Flaherty of O'Flaherty Law discusses the Illinois appeals process.

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.

In this Learn About Law podcast & videoblog, Elmhurst civil litigation lawyer Kevin O'Flaherty of O'Flaherty Law discusses Motions For Summary Judgment in civil litigation.

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.

In this Learn About Law podcast & videoblog, Elmhurst Civil Litigation & Dispute Resolution attorney Kevin O'Flaherty of O'Flaherty Law discusses Illinois Litigation: Motions To Dismiss Explained

Illinois Motions to Dismiss Explained

In this article, our Elmhurst litigation attorneys explain motions to dismissed. A Rule 2-615 Motion to dismiss can be filed in a civil case in order to have the complaint dismissed for failure to state facts amounting to a cause of action that would entitle the plaintiff to relief. A Rule 2-619 Motion to Dismiss is filed if there is an affirmative matter outside of the wording of the complaint that should cause the case to be dismissed, such as the case having already been previously decided.

Further Reading from our Elmhurst Civil Litigation Attorneys