May 20, 2019 BY DEF Admin
Attorney Melody Kiella Published in the 2019 GDLA Law Journal
Discussing "Third-Party Litigation Funders: The 'Party' You Didn't Know was Exercising Control Over Your Litigation and What You Can Do About It," Melody breaks down litigation funding and why it is important to be aware of all aspects regarding the topic.
"While litigation funding may allow greater access to 'justice,' it is clear that litigation funding is rife with potential ethical issues and dilemmas, including the potential for inappropriate relationships between lawyers and funding companies, the potential abuse and manipulation of unsophisticated plaintiffs, the funding of litigation for purposes other than to right a wrong done to an injured plaintiff, and the inappropriate exercise of influence over the litigation by third-party funders."
Melody Kiella is an experienced litigator specializing in all aspects of complex civil litigation. She represents clients in connection with a broad spectrum of legal matters, including transportation/trucking law, personal injury, premises liability, negligent security, mold damage and exposure, catastrophic injuries, commercial litigation, breach of contract, and general liability. Ms. Kiella has extensive experience in managing files from the pre-litigation stages through trial, which experience includes pre-litigation investigations, analysis of potential liability, and providing strategic advice to avoid possible future litigation; pre-litigation settlement negotiations; positioning cases for dismissal on summary judgment through investigation, discovery, depositions, and creative legal arguments and theories; taking and defending depositions of parties, fact witnesses, and expert witnesses; participating in oral argument on motions, including dispositive, discovery, and pre-trial motions; drafting answers, complaints, motions, briefs, motions in limine, and other pleadings filed at all stages of litigation; and coordinating with and using experts.