Civil Litigation

Rouner Law Office can assist with all types of civil litigation. So whether it is a simple contract dispute or complex suit involving multiple parties, Rouner Law Office is your source for sound litigation knowledge and experience.


Property Law Landlord/Tenant Disputes Easements/Right of Ways Contract Disputes


Real Estate transactions such as Farm Leases and Rental Agreements are important long-term commitments that require proper review and consideration. Whether you are buying, renting or leasing, Rouner Law Office can help walk you through the process.

Property disputes such as property lines, fence maintenance and rental disputes are common. If you find yourself needing assistance in any of the many areas of property disputes, contact Rouner Law Office to discuss your options to insure all your property rights are being protected.

Rouner Law Office has also conducted Sealed Bid Sales and Seal Bid Lease Sales. Our office is experienced in drafting the sale/lease agreements, ensuring the property is properly advertised, arranging for posters/flyers to be printed and coordinating the venue for all your sale or leasing needs.

Steps of Litigation

All civil lawsuits follow the same procedural rules, regardless of the specific subject matter of the case. Rouner Law Office LLC has the trial and litigation experience in a variety of civil cases to assure your case is properly presented. Rouner Law Office is committed to working closely with our clients through every step of the litigation process to explain the strategy, timelines, and probable outcomes in every case.

 Here is what you should expect in most civil cases:


  • The initial consultation – free of charge: You should bring all documents and information you have on the matter at issue in the case, including photographs, drawings, emails, file folders, notes, calendars, letters, etc. so that our office can thoroughly review the case with you.
  • Filing a suit or preparing a response: Depending on your role in the case, you may be required to file a lawsuit to initiate your cause of action or we may file an answer or other responsive pleading to a petition filed against you.
  • Discovery: If required, the discovery process generally begins after a lawsuit has been filed. During the discovery process, each party “discovers” and attempts to learn what the adverse party knows about the cause of action by requesting documents and answers to written questions. The discovery process can continue for a period of months and, in complex cases, may take months or a year to complete. The “paper discovery” process includes interrogatories, request for production of documents and request for admissions. The staff at Rouner Law Office LLC will assist you in through each of these discovery requests, but ultimately you will be required to provide written answers to questions under oath and provide certain documents that are requested. The deposition phase of discovery usually begins after the paper discovery process, but sometimes these two phases overlap. A party to a civil lawsuit is required to appear for his or her deposition to testify under oath as to the facts of the case. Additionally, witnesses who are not parties may also be deposed.
  • Settlement negotiations: As discovery proceeds, so do settlement negotiations. Only a very small percentage of civil lawsuits actually go to trial. Rouner Law Office LLC is committed to resolving cases logically and economically, so when and if a resolution can be reached within acceptable terms, a negotiated settlement is an excellent outcome.
  • Pre-Trial Motions: Before trial, there may be several pre-trial matters that need to addressed by the Court. Examples are Discovery objections, Motions in Limine, Motion for Summary Judgment, Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings, etc.   Not all cases require pretrial motions, but most require some evidentiary rulings before trial.
  • Trial: In the event settlement negotiations fail, Rouner Law Office has the experience required to try your case before a Judge or jury adequately prosecute or defend your cause.

Rouner Law Office can assist with all of your Civil Litigation needs.

Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.


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8:00AM – 5:00PM


400 N. Franklin Street

Kirksville, MO 63501


Phone: 660.665.7515

Fax: 660.665.7514




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The choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based solely upon advertisements. This website is not intended to be legal advice and the use of this website does not create an attorney-client relationship.

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The choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based solely upon advertisements. This website is not intended to be legal advice and the use of this website does not create an attorney-client relationship.