Pleadings Cheat Sheet

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Flow chart from Trellis showing how legal pleadings work.
  • Event leading to litigation
  • Client contacts lawyer
    • Lawyer researches, investigates, and advises client
  • Plaintiff’s case is filed
    • Lawyer drafts the complaint & files with the appropriate court & serves the summons and complaint on the defendant
  • Defendant Acts
    • Does nothing
  • Defendant files answer
  • Judgement for Plaintiff

Prior to founding Trellis, Nicole Clark was a business litigation and labor and employment attorney who handled litigation in both state and federal courts. She regularly represented multinational corporations in claims ranging from high-profile trade secret disputes to complex class-action litigation. Frustrated by sending internal emails and collecting anecdotes on judges in order to make strategic case recommendations, she built Trellis to solve her own need for access to data, information, and analytics at the state trial court level. Prior to law school, Nicole attended Bard College, beginning her college coursework at the age of sixteen. She graduated with honors from University of Massachusetts Amherst with a BA in Journalism, and received her Juris Doctorate from Rutgers School of Law in Newark, NJ. Nicole sat for the Bar Exam in California, Massachusetts, and Connecticut, and remains licensed to practice law in all three states.