Why Choose Me As Your Civil Litigation Attorney?

There are countless lawyers with websites, all legally qualified to handle your case. But the fact that a lawyer has been licensed to practice in Illinois means only that he or she has completed the first step toward becoming a reliable and successful attorney.

Here's how the service at my Chicago office is different:

  • Skill and experience: I, Douglas W. Graham, personally have more than 35 years' experience as a trial lawyer, with success in a very large variety of civil litigation cases, which includes business disputes, breach of contract claims, real estate and probate issues, personal injury and wrongful death.
  • Strategy and preparation for effective results: Most court cases never reach trial, and are usually settled by the parties before trial occurs. This does not mean that a lawyer with minimal trial experience can get good results without a trial. Proper development of any lawsuit requires intensive research and informed preparation for trial; first, because a trial may eventually be required and, second, to negotiate the best settlement you must be able to demonstrate that you have the necessary facts, law and evidence to win if a trial is necessary. For this reason, all cases in this office are thoroughly prepared for trial.
  • Experience with appeals: Judges and members of juries are human and do make mistakes. When this occurs, a case will often be appealed to the Appellate Court for review, with the possibility of a new trial or perhaps an outright change of the contested verdict or ruling. The Appellate Court does not hear new evidence, but instead requires that the evidence from the first trial be presented as written legal arguments demonstrating why the result at trial was wrong and needs to be corrected. That's why skills in legal research and writing are so important for appeals, and why my experience in appeals may be the difference between winning and losing the case.
  • Personal attention: In Cook County, the main complaint by clients about their lawyers is that they cannot make contact with them to discuss their cases. At this office you are welcome to call any time; if I am in the office, I will be glad to take your call myself; if I am not in the office and you leave a message, I will personally call you back. Even if your fee agreement is for an hourly rate, there is never a charge to discuss your case by telephone or email.