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Tinley Park Litigation Attorneys | Civil Litigation Lawyers, Tinley Park

Our experienced Tinley Park civil litigation & dispute resolution attorneys aggressively protect your rights. They work hard to achieve an efficient and cost-effective favorable outcome to your matter. Our trained litigators have the extensive skills and knowledge in state and federal disputes involving commercial litigation, fraud, defamation, negligence, breach of contract, disputes between business partners, employment disputes, landlord/tenant disputes and evictions, construction law, and homeowners association disputes. ​
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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.


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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 Tinley Park Civil Litigation Attorneys:

  • We Are Affordable! We know our clients appreciate cost-efficient service. That's why we strive to always keep your budget in mind throughout your case. We sit down with our clients to outline a strategy that will match your budget. This ensures that you aren't shocked by an outrageous bill that you didn't see coming. This kind of client awareness separates us from a lot of law firms. 
  • We Put Your Interests First!  Every new client becomes a part of the O'Flaherty family. We appreciate our long-standing relationships with our clients. We work to quickly resolve issues at the earliest stages to save you time and money. However, this does not mean we sacrifice any of the tools we will use to fight for your case. If trial does become necessary, we are well prepared to put you the best position to succeed.
  • We Are Your Aggressive Advocate!  We have a history of taking on difficult cases. Our Tinley Park litigation attorneys have built up a strong reputation for the difficult cases we take on.  Whatever the complexity of your case, we are determined to provide the best client service.
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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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​16860 Oak Park Ave., Unit 201D

Tinley Park, IL 60477

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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 Tinley Park Civil Litigation Attorneys

Motions for Summary Judgement in Civil Litigation

In this video, our Tinley Park civil litigation attorneys explain the Illinois appeals process. In civil litigation, the purpose of a trial is for either a jury or the judge to decide facts that are in dispute.  If the plaintiff's story differs from that of the defendant, the trier of fact (the judge or jury) must decide which story is more likely to be true, and rule in that party's favor.  

‍However, sometimes a trial is not necessary.  Parties file motions for summary judgment, requesting judgment in their favor without a trial, when either there is no dispute as to the material facts, or the other side cannot prove their claims or defenses.

‍Courts will grant a motion for summary judgment and enter judgment in favor of the party filing the motion when the party filing the motion can show that: (1) there is no dispute as to the material facts of the case; and (2) based on the undisputed facts, the party filing the motion is entitled to judgment as a matter of law.

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Inflection Points At Which Your Case Is Likely To Settle​

Our Tinley Park litigation attorney explain how the civil litigation process has many inflection points at which cases are likely to settle. In 95% of litigation cases, the parties will settle before trial. 

The following are the stages of civil litigation:

  1. Demand Letter: ​Before we file a litigation suit, our Tinley Park litigation attorneys issue a demand letter. This letter serves to inform the recipient that you have an attorney and are prepared to further the case. An aggressive letter presented on attorney's letterhead will often settle the case or at least open up negotiations. 
  2. Filing and Service Upon The Defendant of a Complaint and Summons: ​While demand letters are often effective, some defendants may see the demand letter as an empty threat. If there is no response to the demand letter, we will discuss whether we should pursue the case in court. To initiate the court process, we file a complaint with the court.  The complaint is served upon the defendant along with a summons that requires a defendant to appear in court at a specific date. Some defendants settle at this point to avoid paying for legal representation. Filing a complaint is not extremely costly and can put the defendant in the position to assess how willing they are to fight this case financially and legally in the court system. 
  3. Pre-Trial Settlement Conference or Mediation at the Completion of Written Discovery: Once the defendant responds to the complaint, the next stage of litigation requires each side to issue written discovery. Written discovery is a set of questions and requests for provision of documents that both sides are required to answer. Once the discovery phase is complete, the parties have a clear understanding of their chances of success at trial. A settlement conference is normally requested where each side speaks to the judge, the judge attempts to settle the case.  There is a high probability that the case will resolve after the judge assists with settlement.
  4. After Depositions: ​If, at the end of the written discovery process, the parties still are unable to settle, the next step is taking depositions of each party's key witnesses. Depositions are interviews that are conducted under oath and on record. After depositions are taken, everyone's cards are on the table. This a time where parties have the opportunity to settle before trial.
  5. Immediately Prior to Trial: Once depositions are taken, a trial date is set.  If a case gets to this point, it will often be resolved in a last second conference between parties and attorneys on the day of the trial. Cases may even settle after the presentation of evidence but before the judge's ruling. This is done in efforts to avoid getting an all-or-nothing ruling.
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Motions to Dismiss in Civil Litigation Explained

In this video, our Tinley Park civil litigation attorneys explain the factors of dismissing both 2615 and 2619 motions to dismiss. The first step of every litigation case is filing a Complaint. This Complaint states the cause of action and outlines the civil law that has been violated by the Defendant. It also serves the purpose of outlining the damages that the Plaintiff is seeking to be paid by the defendant. 

The defendant then is faced with two choices once the Complaint has been served:

(1) He or she can admit or deny each allegation listed in the Complaint and raise defenses by filing an Answer to the Complaint; or

(2) He or she may file a Motion to Dismiss. This motion states that the Complaint is defective, or that there is some other affirmative matter that would require the case to be dismissed.

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