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Salt Lake County Civil Litigation Attorney

What Is the Role of a Civil Litigation Lawyer?

Lawsuits are between two people or entities, whether public or private and do not involve the deciding of a criminal case, are determined under Utah law as civil litigation. When a person has been deprived of their rights in a manner that results in an injustice, Utah’s civil litigation laws serve as a means for awarding compensation to the wronged individual. If someone is guilty of having committed a crime, their sentencing and punishment do not derive from the civil litigation system, but rather, is a function of the criminal justice system. The scope of Utah’s civil litigation system is to provide victims with a means of receiving recompense for their suffering, usually in the form of money.

If you need civil litigation representation in Salt Lake or Utah counties, contact the office of Eric M. Swinyard & Associates, PLLC online or by calling us at (801) 515-4133 to schedule your consultation today.

The Ways in Which a Civil Lawyer Can Assist You

When two parties are involved in a dispute, and they are unable to reach an acceptable resolution via negotiation or mediation, the next step may be to pursue litigation. If this is the case, we can provide you with experienced representation, and we can advise you on the best course of action.

Ways in which a Utah civil litigation lawyer you can help you include:

  • Providing Consult for Legal Issues
  • By Preparing or Responding to a Complaint
  • Giving Written Discovery Response or Preparation
  • Conducting Depositions Defense
  • Defending Motions or Preparing Them
  • Arguing Motions Orally
  • Preparing or Defending Motions in Limine
  • Preparing Instructions for the Jury
  • Conducting Trial
  • Providing Post-Trial Motions Defense or Preparation
  • Providing Appeal Strategy Consult
  • Responding to or Preparing Appeals
  • Conducting Arguments Orally

We provide counsel for lawsuits that include:

  • Contractual and Business Disputes — This covers commercial lawsuits as well.
  • Disputes Involving the Purchase of Land — We handle commercial and residential real estate disputes, and we are knowledgeable regarding our region’s zoning laws.
  • Laws Involving Probate — We can aid in issues dealing with probate, and we can advise executors on how to handle legalities and on how to best administer their responsibilities.
  • Employment — Whether it is wrongful termination, issues involving discrimination or anything else, we can help you resolve problems that occur in the workplace.
  • Injury — Whether your personal injury stems from a car accident, fall, or negligence, we can provide you with legal representation. We also deal with abuse cases that occurred in a nursing home setting, and we pursue claims of medical malpractice and wrongful death.
  • Insurance — We deal with claims regarding personal injury, and we can represent you to your insurance company.
  • Appeals — We will defend your case when it moves into the higher courts.
  • Tenant or Landlord Issues — We work for clients that are involved in both residential and commercial litigation.
  • Family Law — We take on cases related to child support and custody, adopting, divorcing, and paternity actions.

Contact Our Civil Litigation Law Firm in Salt Lake County & Utah County

We are experienced and knowledgeable in many the area of civil litigation, and we can effectively represent you. Based in Draper, we serve both Salt Lake County and Utah County.


Real Clients. Real Results. 
  • Gavin S.

    Eric did an awesome job.

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    I would definitely refer them to others for any legal needs!

  • Amy Lee

    He is very prompt with his responses to emails and phone calls which makes the process less stressful.

  • Dalisa

    This was all so stress free. I’m extremely great full for Preston and his staff for putting forth all the time to help me out!

  • Bart

    Highly recommend Eric and Preston without reservation. Their fees are more than reasonable and their service more than expected.

  • Nicolle G.

    I have had an absolutely positive experience through and through with them. They’re professional, empathetic, and ethical. I wish ...

  • Thomas M.

    He handled all matters promptly and thoroughly. He cares deeply about his clients and makes sure their needs are fully understood.

  • Jared H.

    All issues were handled in a very timely and transparent manner.

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  • Sean K.

    Working with Eric was a breeze. He addressed my concerns and laid out several options that were unique to my situation.

  • Robin S.

    If it wasn't for Eric and Preston, I wouldn't have gotten custody of my 2 children.

Meet Our Team

Professional. Confident. Approachable.
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    Eric M. Swinyard

    Founding Attorney

    Eric M. Swinyard is a divorce and family law attorney who serves clients throughout the State of Utah. Eric’s practice is primarily focused on providing personalized, high-quality legal services to individuals involved in divorces, paternity actions, adoptions, estate planning, and other family law matters. It’s incredibly easy to be taken advantage of during litigation, especially if you are unrepresented by legal counsel. Protect Your Rights You don’t want to be in a situation where you need ...
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    Ryan Ficklin


    Ryan Ficklin is an associate attorney at Eric M. Swinyard & Associates, PLLC. Prior to practicing law in Utah, Ryan practiced family law in Southern California. In 2017, Ryan relocated back to his home state of Utah to focus on serving the people of Utah who need legal representation, particularly in the family law realm. Ryan graduated with honors from California’s Whittier Law School in May of 2015. While in law school, Ryan was a staff member for The Journal of Child and Family Advocacy. Ryan ...
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    Keith L. Johnson


    Keith joined Eric M. Swinyard & Associates in Fall 2020, bringing more than a decade of experience as a trial attorney in various types of legal cases. He has successfully guided hundreds of individuals through Utah’s court system. Keith previously worked at an established civil litigation firm in Salt Lake as well as a mid-sized regional law firm. He has substantive experience in a variety of practice areas and is now primarily devoted to serving individuals involved in family law cases. Keith ...
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    Mark Hales


    Mark Hales has over 17 years of legal experience in the areas of family, criminal, and civil law. He handles all types of domestic matters, including custody, divorce, child support, alimony, annulment, termination of parental rights, paternity, modifications, and adoptions. In addition, he defends clients charged with domestic violence and abuse, stalking, violations of protective orders, and other and criminal charges. Mark is a certified mediator for all legal matters and is also a certified ...
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    Justin Stringfellow


    Justin Stringfellow has practiced family law in Utah for 20 years, bringing a wealth of experience to Eric Swinyard & Associates in areas such as divorce, custody, paternity, modifications, child support, and adoption proceedings. In the early years of his career, Justin appeared on an estimated 1,500 Protective Order matters. He is an expert in dealing with abuse and domestic violence components in family law matters. As such, he was distinguished by Utah's Domestic Violence Coalition. Justin ...
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    Eliza Crespo


    Eliza Crespo is an associate attorney at Eric Swinyard & Associates. Prior to joining the firm, Eliza practiced estate planning in Utah. Eliza offers a fresh set of eyes to difficult situations and is passionate about providing excellent and compassionate legal services to her clients. Through personal experience, she appreciates the impact of a listening ear and an effective advocate, especially during times of challenge or transition. Eliza obtained her bachelor’s degree and law degree from ...

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