Civil laws protect your rights as a private citizen. While a crime may not have been committed against you, that does not mean that you don't have legal recourse when you've been wronged. Common civil cases may involve contractual disputes, tort cases (personal injury), family law (divorces, custody battles, etc.), and property issues (including wills, trusts, and estates).
Litigation does not necessarily mean taking a matter to court, but it does mean taking some form of legal action. In civil cases, agreements can often be reached through mediation or without going through a trial process. If, however, the dispute cannot be settled satisfactorily outside of the courtroom, a trial may be necessary. This is why we believe that every attorney needs to be well-trained in advocacy (the skills needed for a trial in a courtroom). Your attorney should be prepared for all possibilities so that you can feel confident that no matter what happens, you will have a confident advocate at your side.