Our business litigation department (consisting of a Securities Group, an Antitrust Group and a Commercial Litigation Group) currently represents several state and municipal pension funds that manage more than 30 billion dollars on behalf of their constituents. Additionally, we have represented more than 1,500 investment fraud victims across the country in state and federal court and arbitration.
Our securities department routinely manages cases with millions of documents and dozens of witnesses and has successfully litigated against some of the largest financial institutions in the world. Our attorneys are called upon to speak at industry and legal education seminars across the nation.
Known more for trying cases than settling them, our law firm dedicates an extraordinary amount of financial and staff support to business litigation cases. In one commercial case alone, the firm devoted six attorneys, 15 staff members, a computer specialist, and more than two million dollars in out-of-pocket costs to try a single case. The result was a $40 million dollar jury verdict and the settlement of six similar cases.
Our attorneys also understand the practicalities of business. One attorney served as chairman of a regional television network and is former chairman of Orange State Life Insurance Company, Western Travelers Life Insurance Company, and David Fredric's, Inc., a regional apparel chain comprised of more than fifty stores.
Several of the firm's attorney have founded successful companies and remain active in new business ventures, including an internet news site that averages more than 50,000 users a day, and computer software company with more than 10,000 users in state, local and federal law enforcement.
Cases We Handle
- Antitrust Actions
- Breach of Contract
- Disputes Involving Insurance Companies
- Financial Services, Securities, and Investments (Including Breach Of Fiduciary Duty And Fraud)
- Intellectual Property Rights
- Restraint of Trade
- Unfair Business Practices and Conspiracy
- Whistleblowers (Qui Tam)
- Wrongful Termination
Litigation vs. Arbitration
Many business contracts contain what is known as an “arbitration provision.” The arbitration process is generally faster and less expensive than litigation in the case of a dispute. In most cases, parties to a contract must decide upon arbitration at the time the contract is made.
While some arbitration forums allow for court-type procedures and rules of evidence, many do not. Without common discovery (the process by which both sides are afforded the opportunity to examine all evidence pertaining to the case), parties to arbitration may not have access to all the facts that could help in resolving the dispute. Furthermore, arbitrators selected from pools such as the American Arbitration Association (AAA) tend to consist primarily of hourly defense lawyers.
It's important have as much information about the arbitrators' pool as possible when making the decision between arbitration and litigation.
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