Civil Litigation Matters

Civil Litigation

General Trial Matters

Civil Litigation is a term of art that describes the process of managing a legal dispute that is civil, as opposed to criminal, in nature.  A civil litigator is a trial lawyer that focuses their experience and training on matters that have monetary damages attached to them. The term litigation applies to a broad range of disputes and can be corporate or personal in nature. Whether you are a business owner, a professional, a parent, or an injured person if you are involved in a legal dispute you need the skills and experience of a reputable firm known for its expertise and attentive diligence to understanding the full breadth of North Carolina’s laws.  The lawyers at DeMent Askew & Johnson are skilled and experienced trial attorneys.

For the most part, the civil trial lawyers at our firm represent plaintiffs, people who have been injured physically or financially due to the negligence or malfeasance of another. However, we are very experienced in and frequently handle a wide range of all types of civil litigation.  Through our team’s collaborative approach, we carefully analyze your legal issues through the lens of North Carolina’s laws. Whether you have a business dispute, an issue with a contractor or developer, have been lied about or falsely accused, injured in an accident, or are suffering at the hands of your insurance company, we can help.  Together with a trustworthy network of experts, including physicians, engineers, accountants, investigators, and others who are ready to assist in moving your case toward maximum recovery, we provide the most informed and client-focused legal services available.

DeMent Askew & Johnson's general litigation practice spans more than 40 years.  Our firm is well known as one of the most reputable and capable law firms in and out of the courtroom, throughout the communities of Raleigh and across the state.  We are versed, experienced litigators. We provide civil trial services including but not limited to the following areas of practice:

  • Contract Litigation and Breach of Contract Matters
  • Regulatory Disputes
  • Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices
  • Intellectual Property Disputes
  • Antitrust and Trade Regulation
  • Business and Corporate Disputes
  • Construction Litigation
  • Insurance and Bad Faith Litigation
  • Defamation, Libel, and Slander

Most civil matters resolve before trial through settlement negotiations and mediation. While we are experienced and formidable negotiators who work to resolve your legal issues quickly, in the most efficient and affordable manner possible, we are skilled trial lawyers, unafraid to take your case before a jury.  We are fierce legal advocates who will aggressively fight to protect your rights, promote your best legal interests and acquire the best resolution possible to your civil dispute. Call us today for a consultation at (919) 833-5555.


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333 Fayetteville Street, #1513
Raleigh, NC 27601-2950


North Carolina Crime Lab Firearms Examiner Wins 9 Million Dollar Verdict in 3 ½ Week Long Libel Jury Trial Against the News and Observer

October 14, 2016

9 Million Dollar Verdict is Top Verdict in North Carolina for 2016 as Reported by Lawyers Weekly! Attorney: James Johnson, Dement Askew Date of Verdict: October 2016 In 2006, North Carolina expert firearms examiner Beth Desmond was asked to examine some bullet fragments and shell casings from a homicide crime scene. The incident occurred in…

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Part-Time Student and Restaurant Worker Attacked by Two Pit Bulls While Mowing Grass Receives $101,000.00 Settlement After Extensive Litigation Including Separate Lawsuit Regarding Insurance Coverage

February 11, 2019

On a summer afternoon, Mr. Johnson’s client was mowing the lawn at the residence of a friend house in Raleigh. The property line running along the back of where he was mowing the lawn runs alongside and is adjacent to the back of the yard of a house which was being kept two Pit Bull…

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Single Mother on Her Way to Work Hit by Pick-Up Truck Running a Red Light Receives $122,500.00 Settlement Just Before Trial

September 14, 2015

DeMent Askew & Johnson’s client was driving south on Lake Wheeler Road in Raleigh on her way to work. She was approaching the intersection with Centennial Parkway and was intending to travel straight through the intersection. At the same time, the Defendant was driving a large pick-up truck traveling in a northerly direction on Lake…

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February 12, 2019

In a unanimous opinion filed on December 18, 2018, a three-judge Court of Appeals panel affirmed the $6.12 Million Dollar jury verdict Mr. Johnson and associate Chynna Smith won on behalf of their client, a former state firearms examiner, Beth Desmond, in her libel case against the Raleigh News & Observer and reporter Mandy Locke.…

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Nurse at Local Hospital Involved in Automobile Collision Receives $300,000.00 Settlement After Extensive Litigation

February 11, 2019

Mr. Johnson’s client was driving north on Capital Blvd., approaching the intersection with Wake Union Church Road. The Defendant was driving south on Capital Blvd in a large SUV owned by a local landscaping company. As our client approached the intersection, the traffic light for her direction of traffic was emitting a steady green light.…

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Man Moving from Georgia to West Virginia to be Closer to Family Hit by 18-Wheeler in North Carolina Receives $140,000.00 Settlement After Extensive Litigation

January 14, 2019

Mr. Johnson’s client was driving a Dodge pick-up truck northeasterly on the on-ramp for traffic exiting off of I-485 and onto I-77 north in Charlotte. He was in the process of moving from Georgia to West Virginia and was pulling a U-Haul trailer. He had a full load in the bed of his truck. One…

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Estate of Elderly Mother of Three That Suffered Through Negligent Care at a Nursing Home Resulting in Death Receives Large Confidential Settlement

November 14, 2016

The deceased was a resident of a North Carolina nursing home. She had recently been sent to a local hospital for an unrelated illness and was recovering well from this prior illness. During this recovery period, she developed an ulcerous wound in and around her sacrum. The nursing home staff failed to timely detect the…

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Stroke Victim Resident of a Nursing Home that Was Raped by Co-Resident Receives Large Confidential Settlement

October 11, 2015

DeMent Askew’s client had suffered a stroke years ago. She could not speak as a result of the stroke, and she was also confined to a wheelchair. However, she was still very sharp mentally. She was residing in a nursing home because of her physical limitations. One day, a new resident appeared in the nursing…

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Long-time Sales Associate at Plumbing and HVAC Supply Company Receives Confidential Settlement as a Result of Medical Malpractice

July 11, 2016

DeMent Askew & Johnson’s client was in his yard filling a birdfeeder with birdseed when he fell and twisted his left leg in an awkward position. He immediately heard a crack and saw that his left ankle was turned in an awkward position. His wife called 911. EMS arrived and transported him to a local…

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