Commercial and Business Litigation

Businesses may need to resort to litigation if they cannot resolve disputes with other parties. We protect our clients’ rights through litigation in a variety of circumstances, including:

COMMERCIAL AND BUSINESS LITIGATION

We represent businesses as defendants and plaintiffs in litigation. Lawsuits could involve disputes over a non-compete agreement signed by a former employee, a contract dispute with a customer or an enforcement action by a government body. We have the experience and expertise to represent your interests and effectively and efficiently litigate your case.

SHAREHOLDER AND PARTNER LITIGATION

Ideally, a partnership agreement or corporate bylaws will offer concrete guidelines when relationships go sour.  If not, attorneys may need to get involved. If we cannot work out an agreement with all parties involved, we will proceed with litigation to fully protect our client’s rights and investments. If you anticipate a conflict of this nature, or if legal action has been filed and you need protection, contact our office.

FRAUD CLAIMS

If you or your business has been accused of fraud, we can help defend you against these claims. If you feel your business has been the victim of fraud, we can also help you investigate the matter and seek compensation from the responsible party.  Either way, these are serious charges that deserve a thorough inquiry and experienced legal representation in order to protect your interests.

JUDGMENT COLLECTION

You work hard for your money. If your business is owed money and a judgment has been entered against a party, we can exercise that judgment to collect the debt. Debtors can be very creative in their attempts to hide assets and avoid making their payments.  We have years of experience in litigation and exercising judgments, and we’ve seen every trick in the book.

TRADE-SECRET CLAIMS AND LITIGATION

Companies face the challenge of creating innovative products and services in a world with intense competition and disappearing employee loyalty. A business may share sensitive information with contractors or employees to perform a task, but if that information is shared with a competitor, a company could find itself in trouble.  Properly worded contracts can limit this danger, and a company can use state and federal laws to protect its interests in court to make sure trade-secrets stay secret.

BANKRUPTCY

Depending on the circumstances, Bankruptcy may be the best option for you or your business.  This process doesn’t need to be a “death sentence” for your business. The federal bankruptcy code allows for businesses to enter into bankruptcy in a way that maintains operations and turns the business around (Chapter 11) or to close the business and liquidate its assets (chapter 7). We can advise, counsel and represent your company in any bankruptcy proceeding. Chapter 11 is intended to reorganize a business with a heavy debt load, enabling it to control its payments. Companies would be able to renegotiate contracts and have debts discharged or reduced. Though this can take a toll on a business, the company can still operate, learn from its mistakes and potentially turn the corner, becoming a profitable business once more. Chapter 7 is meant to close a business and sell off its assets to pay as many debts as possible. If a business is a sole proprietorship or general partnership, there may be personal liability for your business' debts.  If you own a small business struggling with debt, Chapter 7 bankruptcy filed for you personally can eliminate most or all of these debts. If the business is a separate legal entity, such as a corporation or LLC, the business can file a bankruptcy. If your business is having issues with customers, clients, suppliers or contractors who are in bankruptcy, we can also advise and represent you to make sure the impact on your business is as limited as possible.

FORECLOSURE ADVISING AND LITIGATION

If you or your business owns property for which you cannot maintain mortgage payments, contact us to discuss your options.  Debtors, even those behind on payments, have rights and legal protections. We can work with you to try to avoid the foreclosure process. If the foreclosure process has already begun, we can help insure it’s done properly so you can use the property for as long as possible and transition to a new location. If the mortgage holder is improperly forcing you into foreclosure, we can protect your rights and litigate the issue.

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