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Areas of Practice

Business Litigation   

When a legal dispute surfaces in today’s litigious climate, companies and individuals face wholesale risk on a variety of fronts: the prospect of investigations and enforcement by official regulators, public and media scrutiny, the possibility of criminal investigation or prosecution along with the threat of civil litigation.  We assist our clients in fully understanding and addressing these challenges, whether by settlement or litigation.  We understand that the value we offer clients comes from our ability to understand and assist our clients to resolve sophisticated problems.

Business litigation is a complex area of law which includes a variety of contractual and tort claims.  Understanding the intricacies of today’s business problems is just the beginning.  Clients entrust us with their sensitive and critical litigation because our trial lawyers have a proven track record and consistently deliver results.  In other words, trying and achieving a favorable outcome in high-stakes cases is what we do best.  We are trial attorneys and we help entrepreneurs, professionals, and companies who have been wronged personally, professionally, or financially by a business dispute.  Our law firm is dedicated to resolving clients’ business disputes to achieve success and peace of mind through settlement discussions, arbitration, mediation, or court litigation.

When considering litigation, we will discuss with you all of your available options.  Depending upon the circumstances, the options may include small-claims court, associate circuit court, circuit court, alternative dispute resolution (ADR) or mediation.   A business litigation matter can often be resolved through voluntary mediation methods by which clients and attorneys communicate freely with each other.  Treating a potential commercial lawsuit as a transactional problem to be solved, clients are often able to reach a reasonable conclusion that saves money, stress, and time.

We place particular emphasis upon effective, responsive communication with clients, informing and guiding them through the often unfamiliar and confusing area of business litigation and alternative dispute resolution.  Regardless of the method or venue, creative business dispute resolution is needed.  This means looking for solutions beyond the obvious. It also involves attempting to achieve results that are beneficial or at least acceptable to both parties rather than endless legal filings and motions simply because the attorney doesn’t know how to do anything else.

Obviously, business litigation should be an earnest decision, to be used only when parties to a disagreement are deadlocked and unable or unwilling to find common ground through negotiations or mediation.  In court room litigation, a decision with far-reaching consequences will be decided by a judge or jury.  However, some disputes absolutely require litigation to achieve resolution.  A business contemplating filing or defending a lawsuit would be well served to engage and consult with a seasoned trial attorney to better understand all of their legal options.  Our business litigation attorneys are experienced and prepared to produce and file motions, pleadings, complaints, and handle discovery as necessary to wage a well planned battle in support of our clients’ best interests.

The types of disputes we handle are wide-ranging and reflect the diverse interests of the firm’s clients as a whole, these include:

  • Breach of contract and business torts
  • Class actions
  • Health care fraud
  • Civil fraud claims under the RICO Act
  • Professional malpractice
  • Breach of employee non-disclosure agreements
  • Breach of fiduciary duty
  • Breach of non-competition or non-solicitation agreements
  • Infringement of intellectual property rights
  • Insurance litigation
  • Intentional interference with contract
  • Intellectual property issues
  • Negligent misrepresentation
  • Tortious interference (intentional damage of a business relationship)
  • Unfair competition
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Appellate representation
  • Construction litigation
  • Telecommunications
  • Employment law litigation
  • Commission disputes
  • Contract disputes
  • Control contests, hostile takeovers, mergers and acquisitions
  • Corporate legal audits and investigations
  • Disputes involving wills and trusts
  • False advertising claims
  • Partnership disputes
  • Product liability
  • Professional liability – including, but not limited to accountants, architects, and engineers
  • Real estate development litigation
  • Shareholder derivative suits and other intra-corporate disputes
  • Appellate
  • Labor and employment
  • White collar counseling
  • Investigations and defense

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