“We place the interests of our client as the highest priority in what we do, subject only to our own standards, integrity, and ethical standards.”
Litigation is a tool to achieve an outcome. Well managed it addresses facts and applies law. It is not an outcome and, like war, is often the measure of failed diplomacy. Successful litigation is about predicted outcomes and meeting or exceeding expectations. Therefore, litigation begins with careful fact gathering and thorough research. The law and the facts are then merged by experienced counsel with the participation of the client. That result is then discussed with the client, who as final decision maker expects and receives the advice of the legal team assembled. The result is a collective of the clients wishes and the lawyers advice. Then and only then will litigation be imitated or a defense formed and asserted.
For businesses and the people who own them, litigation is either a cost center or an income center. People and businesses who initiate litigation do so with the expectation that the outcome, net of the costs of getting that outcome will benefit them. While the benefit may be direct (a receipt of money or a victory on an intellectual property issue or the issuance of an injunction) it may also be indirect (a settlement with terms that will create a new business relationship or enhance reputation or resolve issues). At times participation in litigation is not voluntary (defendants are not voluntary participants). However, in every case the costs and the rewards should be measured both at the start of the litigation and periodically during the litigation.
For individuals who become involved in litigation, whether a dispute related to estate administration, securities issues , a matrimonial case, or a personal injury matter the same expectations apply as they do in the business context. Therefore, preparation, participation and practical analysis are keys to a successful outcome. While individual members of the firm have expertise in litigating such diverse areas as shareholder derivative actions, partnership disputes, divorces and trust and estate matters each brings the same beliefs and the same overriding view of the role of litigation. Our litigators believe that what they do is a collaboration with the client. They believe that each client must understand what litigation can achieve and what other tools that client may have to achieve the goal.
People and businesses come to us for assistance when they face a major issue or crisis in their lives and in the futures of their families and businesses. We often are chosen to assist people who have everything at stake: their economic future, the survival of their business, their ability in the future to provide for children. We are prepared by our experience and by our view of our role as litigators to meet this opportunity to serve.
We are highly trained and knowledgeable in a wide variety of litigation matters and regularly appear in federal, state, and appellate courts as well as in alternative dispute resolution forums. Our commercial litigation practice includes but is not limited to: bankruptcy, business torts, construction, contract, creditors’ rights, employment and discrimination , real estate, securities, and tax litigation. Our litigation practice also includes matrimonial, personal injury, and other litigation matters. Clients select us to assist in these and other areas when they understand their risks and seek to mitigate those risks. We are pleased to accept the opportunity to serve.
“People come to us when they face an event in their lives that threatens their business, their economic future or their ability to provide for their families. Our team is prepared to respond to these decisive moments thanks to our deep experience and our belief that litigators should find positive outcomes for our clients in every opportunity we are given to serve them.”