Karl Heideck is an accomplished litigator practicing in Philadelphia and its surrounding regions for more than ten years.
He has a unique skill set including experience in commercial and civil litigation, employment, corporate, and intellectual property law, and legal research and writing. Specifically, Karl Heideck focuses his practice on Litigation, Compliance, and Risk Management Reviews.
Much of legal jargon is used interchangeable today when doing so alters what these terms mean. For instance, the terms “lawyer,” “attorney” and “litigator” do not actually mean the same thing! The Cambridge Dictionary explains that a litigator is a person who pursues legal cases against both individuals and organizations. Litigators handle each and every step that goes into building and trying a case, not just the process of addressing the judge, witnesses, and jury in a courtroom.
The process of becoming a litigator can be quite long and daunting, but ultimately rewarding. One has to have strong investigation, research, and negotiation skills. In the U.S, one has to first attain a four-year Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college. While the nature of this degree is not defined, one has to have credits in History, English, Governance, Political Science, and Mathematics. After this, one has to go through a three-year course at a law school recognized by the American Bar Association (ABA).
It is advisable for one to participate extensively in practical law activities such as moot courts, mock trials, and law clinics. One can also pursue litigation internships or part-time positions at law companies or legal departments within private organizations and government bodies. Lastly, one has to sit for and pass the bar exams, formally known as the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE). Individuals who pass the bar exams then receive their law licenses from the ABA.
For Karl Heideck, the road to becoming a licensed litigator began in 2003, when he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English Language and Literature/Letters from Swarthmore College. He went on to receive his Juris Doctor (JD) degree in Law from the Temple University Beasley School of Law in 2009. Since then, Karl has accumulated over ten years’ practical litigation experience in firms like Conrad O’Brien, Pepper Hamilton LLP, and Grant & Eisenhofer.