Commercial and Employment Litigation
The firm represents individuals and companies in complex commercial disputes involving claims of breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, and other business-related matters. These cases often involve employment and tort claims. Our cases include disputes between members of closely held entities as well as employment issues arising in large companies. The business entities involved may be partnerships, limited liability companies, or corporations. We counsel clients from the earliest stage of a dispute, before a claim has been filed, through trial and appeal if necessary.
How to have your case reviewed
The firm is very selective in the cases it accepts and highly values its relationships with its clients. Before accepting a case, the firm’s attorneys and paralegals meet with the potential client to learn the details of the dispute and to discuss the potential options for dispute resolution. There is no fee or charge for the initial conference. Most often, the first meeting is at the firm’s offices. However, when individual circumstances make it more appropriate, a meeting may be arranged at a location outside the office, by internet or by phone.
Deadlines applicable to business, employment and commercial claims
There are deadlines and often notice requirements applicable to business, employment and commercial claims and disputes. Failure to comply with these and other requirements may result in rights and remedies being lost, limited or waived. Also, to be handled effectively, claims must be properly researched and investigated. Evidence is harder to find and preserve as time passes. For these reasons, it is important that businesses and persons involved in these types of disputes consult with an attorney as soon as possible after the subject event occurs. Any delay in retaining an attorney may result in a significant disadvantage in the case.
How the firm is paid for its work
The firm is committed to helping its clients obtain the most efficient and cost-effective results possible. Usually, clients prefer to pay for the firm’s work on an hourly basis at the firm’s standard rates. However, each case and each client’s needs are unique and the firm will consider fixed fee and alternate arrangements on an individual basis. In every case, the firm’s agreement for fees and expenses is confirmed in writing at the beginning of the work.
The firm’s culture and work ethic
The firm work is client-focused and results oriented, recognizing that each case is unique and the work and strategy must be specific to each client’s goals. Aggressive representation, detailed investigative work and research, consistent communication, and accessibility are central to the firm’s culture. The firm’s attorneys enjoy a long standing, well-earned reputation for their work ethic and understand that when a case is successfully resolved before trial, it is most often because the attorneys have committed the work and resources necessary to be ready for trial. The firm’s partners have tried many cases to verdict, both jury trials and bench trials. When consistent with the best outcome for its clients, the firm also has secured successful resolutions of cases through mediation and other means of alternative dispute resolution.