When individuals or companies are threatened with or become involved in litigation, or are considering a lawsuit to protect their interests, our attorneys and professional support staff are prepared to help. More importantly, Nauman Smith assists with evaluating whether litigation is the best alternative or whether there are other, more beneficial options.

Civil Litigation

Our attorneys represent clients in the Courts of Common Pleas throughout central Pennsylvania, as well as the Commonwealth, Superior and Supreme Courts of Pennsylvania. The firm’s litigation practice also routinely involves the federal courts of Pennsylvania, including the Bankruptcy Courts.

In addition to the defense of personal injury, property damage, real estate, and equity actions, the firm has particular expertise in the defense of Class I and short line railroads including FELA, crossing accidents, trespasser and real estate matters. For more information see our Rail and Transportation Practice Group.

Our attorneys routinely represent businesses, financial institutions, financing entities and individuals in matters before the Bankruptcy Courts of all three districts of Pennsylvania. Our firm also represents bank and financial institutions in related areas of creditors’ rights, such as mortgage foreclosure, replevin and Truth in Lending actions. For more information see our Business and Employment Law Practice Group.

Our litigation attorneys are members of the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel and the Civil Litigation Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

Arbitration and Mediation

Nauman Smith recognizes that many clients wish to avoid the delay and expense associated with protracted litigation of their disputes. Members of the practice group routinely represent clients in all forms of arbitration and mediation settings, including compulsory and contractual arbitration. The attorneys of Nauman Smith also have served as arbitrators and mediators in both court-ordered and voluntary arbitration and mediation proceedings and bring that perspective to our representation. Our attorneys include certified members and arbitrators with extensive experience in the mediation of civil disputes as well as uninsured and underinsured motorist arbitration proceedings.

Appellate Advocacy

The litigation group offers a full range of appellate services in appeals to the Commonwealth, Superior and Supreme Courts of Pennsylvania, and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. The members of the litigation group have a successful history before all state and federal appellate courts in Pennsylvania.