This book takes you through each stage of the litigation process from behind the initial fact-gathering stage through post-judgment proceedings. Because there are alternative ways to resolve disputes through either arbitration or mediation, this book also covers these topics. Each chapter is designed to give you a thorough understanding of the procedural rules governing the litigation process as well as a system for transferring your knowledge of the procedural rules into the litigation skills necessary to draft litigation documents such as pleadings, discovery requests, and motions. Always remember that behind every litigation case there are clients who are either suing or being sued and witnesses who have knowledge of the facts and events surrounding the dispute. Thus, important skills for collecting data, interviewing clients, and taking witness statements are not only discussed, but are also demonstrated throughout the text. Checklists for locating witnesses, including Internet resource sites, are also provided.