The great majority of legal disputes in American courts are addressed in the state court systems. However, there are times when the federal courts are the appropriate or preferred venue, such as if a matter involves federal law or if the litigants are from two different states.
Kohn Swift has a national federal practice, representing plaintiffs and defendants in federal courts throughout the United States, pursuing claims under both federal statutes and applicable state law. In addition, the firm represents clients in the Courts of Common Pleas and the appellate courts throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The firm has represented a wide variety of clients in federal and state claims, taking on a wide variety of meritorious but difficult and complex disputes that may seem too risky to other law firms. Clients represented by Kohn Swift include the City of Philadelphia, a judicial candidate, a software company, a class of individuals exposed to toxic chemicals, and developers of sophisticated sonar equipment, among many others.
CIVIL LITIGATION IN FEDERAL COURTS
In federal court, the firm represents clients in matters involving rights under federal laws or regulations, or disputes between citizens of different states valued over $75,000.
CIVIL LITIGATION IN STATE COURTS
The firm represents clients in state court throughout Pennsylvania including the Courts of Common Pleas of Philadelphia, Montgomery, Delaware, Bucks, and Chester Counties, as well as the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Pennsylvania Superior Court, Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, and Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
RELIEF IN CIVIL LITIGATION
Courts in federal and state civil litigation cases may award plaintiffs:
- actual damages for financial losses sustained
- injunctive relief
- punitive damages in cases of willful misconduct