Companies often face complex legal disputes with other businesses, government entities, and groups of individuals, which require a detailed understanding of both the law and the business operation of the company. Our commercial litigation practice specializes in handling these complex disputes.
Since 1955, we have earned a reputation as one of the most successful plaintiffs’ law firms in the nation, winning more than $4 billion in jury verdicts and settlements.
Our accomplishments have been featured on numerous national news programs and magazines such as CNN, Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Forbes magazine, Time magazine, National Law Journal, and US magazine.
One or more of our attorneys are listed in Best Lawyers in America; National Trial Lawyers Hall of Fame; America's Elite Trial Lawyers by the National Law Journal; U.S. News & World Report Best Law Firms; Martindale-Hubbell Preeminent Woman Attorney; and SuperLawyers.
Types of Cases We Handle
For more than 60 years, we have been successfully handling the following types of business litigation:
- Antitrust Actions
- Bad Faith Litigation
- Breach of Contract
- Breach of Fiduciary Duty
- Construction Litigation
- Cybersecurity Breaches
- Intellectual Property Rights
- Partnership and Shareholder Disputes
- Restraint of Trade
- Securities and Investment Losses
- Trade Secret Litigation
- Unfair Business Practices and Conspiracy
- Whistleblowers (Qui Tam)
- Wrongful Termination
What Sets Us Apart
Our attorneys 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 that comprised more than fifty stores.
Several of the firm's attorney have founded successful companies and remain active in new business ventures, including a digital media news site viewed more than 300 million times a month; and computer software company with more than 10,000 users in state, local and federal law enforcement.
Litigation Versus 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 to have as much information about the arbitrators' pool as possible when making the decision between arbitration and litigation.