It’s hard to be concrete here. First off, bringing a lawsuit does not necessarily mean it will get to a judge or a jury. In reality, roughly 97% of civil lawsuits are resolved before going to trial. This is because many parties like to settle before trial, as this determines the outcome and doesn’t leave the decision to the courts. If the parties begin discussing resolution early on and ultimately reach an agreement, then the subsequent settlement of the case ends the matter. If negotiations are swift, then it could begin and end within a few weeks or months. However, settlement discussions can begin at any time, whether at the outset of the case or at a much later date and continue on through various phases of litigation. Trial dates are typically set for 12 months after the suit is filed, and various factors can lead to extensions of that date. Some cases can even take multiple years. Needless to say, there are many factors that can play into how long it may take to litigate your case.