Civil Litigation

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.

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.

Our attorneys routinely handle the defense of clients in:

  • Personal injury
  • Property damage
  • Real estate
  • Business disputes

The firm has particular expertise in the defense of Class I and shortline railroads including:

  • FELA matters
  • Crossing accidents
  • Trespasser actions
  • Real estate matters

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.

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. Nauman Smith attorneys routinely handle the preparation of complex briefs and oral argument before the appellate courts. They also handle cases involving the original jurisdiction of the Commonwealth Court and the enforcement of trial and appellate court orders including those involved in Right-to-Know Law cases.