Commercial & Civil Litigation

Litigation can be a strategic move for a business. Our attorneys aggressively pursue litigation matters while adhering to our clients' goals and while understanding and respecting our clients' budgets and deadlines. Throughout the progress of a case we engage in frequent communication with the client and conduct risk evaluation analysis.

Our litigation practice and experience encompasses the following areas of law:

Corporate Litigation:

  • Breach of contract
  • ERISA
  • Finance and banking
  • Bankruptcy (creditors' rights)
  • Real estate
  • Labor and employment
  • Regulatory
  • Product liability
  • Construction
  • Toxic torts
  • Insurance
  • Other complex commercial litigation

General Business Litigation:

  • Disputes among partners, members or shareholders
  • Creditors and debtors in loan workouts, enforcements, collections, foreclosure proceedings, bankruptcy and insolvency
  • Real estate
  • From the perspective of management, labor, employment and civil rights law, entitlements, employee benefits and pensions
  • Intellectual property protection of trade secrets, trademarks and trade names
  • Uniform commercial code disputes in contracts for the sale of goods and secured transactions
  • Regulatory compliance and investigations

Commercial Litigation:

  • Collection
  • Negotiating and documenting distributorship, sales representation and franchise agreements and programs
  • Equipment sales and purchase agreements, as well as equipment leasing
  • Requirements and supply contracts
  • Manufacturing and turnkey agreements and joint ventures
  • Terms of purchase and sale
  • Real estate leasing
  • Government contracts
  • Local counsel in patent infringement cases

Employment Matters:

  • Wrongful discharge claims
  • Sexual harassment claims
  • Title VII discrimination claims based on age, race, religion and national origin
  • Age discrimination claims

Real Estate Litigation:

  • Foreclosure and workout litigation, such as breach of contract, fraud and bad faith, guarantee enforcement, injunctions, receivers and bankruptcies
  • Commercial lease disputes and claims of forcible entry, the rights to assign and sublet, and lease guarantees
  • Title disputes, mechanics' liens, broker liens and contracts, as well as contracts for the sale and purchase of property

Construction Litigation:

  • Foundation, roof and curtainwall failures
  • Delay and disruption claims
  • Design defects
  • Specification and drawings disputes
  • Allowable costs and overruns

Bankruptcy Litigation:

  • Motions to lift the automatic stay and to appoint trustees
  • Contested hearings regarding plans of reorganization
  • Strategic planning on behalf of secured lenders and creditors
  • Fraudulent conveyance and preference litigation
  • Contested valuation hearings
  • Environmental claims and disputes
 
Attorneys specializing in Commercial & Civil Litigation include:
 
 
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