Civil Litigation

Business Disputes

Business disputes can take many forms, from bet-the-company cases involving complicated financial transactions to more routine breach of contract litigation. The firm has extensive experience litigating all types of business disputes both in court, and, as is increasingly the case, in arbitration. The firm also has handled numerous professional liability claims, defending and prosecuting cases for and against attorneys and other professionals, such as investment advisors.

Claims raised in business litigation include not only disputes over payment or contract interpretation, but securities claims and other business torts such as fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and unfair competition. One of the firm’s hallmarks is the creative use of such claims and defenses in order to leverage better results for its clients.

Representative Results

  • Obtained a total recovery of approximately $5 million against a Fortune 100 company for our client, the developer of a low-income senior citizen housing facility, after a jury found in our client’s favor on breach of contract and fraud charges in connection with the installation of a building management system. The defendant’s appeal was unsuccessful, and we recovered all of the client’s attorney’s fees.
  • Secured a settlement totaling over $11.3 million against a healthcare organization for the return of all moneys invested, interest, and attorneys’ fees after our client, a partnership, invested $11 million in the organization based on misrepresentations by the organization’s principal.
  • Obtained a full defense award on behalf of our client, the former president of a software corporation, after the corporation initiated a lawsuit seeking large damages for the alleged fraudulent conveyance of a patent and other intellectual properties.
  • Successfully defended a law firm in a multi-million dollar legal malpractice arbitration relating to the law firm’s representation before the California Coastal Commission.