Litigation & Defense Attorney
San Diego County

When legal disputes disrupt your personal or business life, having a committed, knowledgeable attorney to advocate on your behalf is essential to attaining comfort and peace of mind. Attorney Leif Kleven has 15+ years of experience in San Diego County, representing California businesses, families, and individuals in litigation, arbitration, and mediation.

I Am Being Sued. Now What?

Being sued can be a stressful and overwhelming experience. You may feel angry, scared, or confused. You may wonder what will happen next, how much it will cost you, and how it will affect your life. While every lawsuit is different, there are some common steps and tips that can help you deal with the situation.

The first thing you should do when you receive a summons or a complaint is to stay calm. Don't ignore it, don't throw it away, and don't contact the other party or their lawyer. Doing any of these things could harm your case or make things worse. Instead, take a deep breath and read the document carefully. It will tell you who is suing you, why they are suing you, and what they want from you. It will also tell you how much time you have to respond and where to file your answer.

In some instances, you may have insurance that will handle the lawsuit for you.  For example, if you are being sued because of a car accident, you should promptly contact your insurance company.  If the claim relates to something that happened at your home, then your homeowner's, condo, or renter's insurance may provide coverage.

Sometimes there may not be insurance that will provide a defense.  This often occurs if the lawsuit relates to an intentional tort (assault, battery, etc.) or breach of contract.  If you do not have insurance or insurance does not cover the claim, then the next step is to consult an attorney.

A lawyer can help you understand your rights and options, advise you on the best course of action, and represent you in court if necessary. A lawyer can also help you negotiate a settlement or a dismissal of the case, which could save you time and money.

The Law Office of Leif Kleven may be able to assist you in your defense.  Contact our office today to schedule a free consultation.

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Don't Settle for a Mill - Choose a Lawyer who Works Directly with You.

If you are looking for a lawyer in San Diego, you have many options. But not all lawyers are the same. Some of them run large and impersonal firms that treat you like a number. They may not even know your name or your case details. They may pass you off to paralegals or junior associates who lack the experience and skill to handle your case effectively.

That's why you need Leif Kleven. He is a local and dedicated attorney who maintains a small practice so that he can work directly with his clients. He personally handles every aspect of your case, from the initial consultation to the final settlement or verdict. He knows your story and goals. He communicates with you regularly and keeps you informed of the progress of your case. He fights for your rights and interests with passion and professionalism.

Common Civil Litigation Case & Issues

The Law Office of Leif Kleven is committed to providing high-quality legal services to their clients. Typical Civil Litigation and Civil Defense cases include the following: 

  • Assault & Battery
  • Business Disputes
  • Breach of Contract
  • Defamation
  • Fraud
  • Libel
  • Negligence
  • Nuisance
  • Slander
  • Subpoena:  Businesses often receive a deposition subpoena for business records.  We can assist in preparing a legally sufficient response for your business.
  • Trespass
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Do I have the right to an attorney?

The right to an attorney only applies to criminal cases, in which case if you cannot afford an attorney one is provided for you.

In civil cases, you must provide your own attorney.  In some circumstances, you may be able to recover attorney's fees and costs as part of the litigation.

We work with individuals and businesses of all budgets, and accept all major credit cards.  Contact our office today for a free consultation to determine if we can assist you.

Being sued is not the end of the world. We will assist you in handling a lawsuit with confidence and strive for the best possible outcome.

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