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Business litigation is an area of the law that deals with counseling and handling disputes between a business and another business, a government entity, or individuals. It involves any type of business and any size business, whether it is a mom and pop store or a Fortune 500 company.
What type of cases do business litigation attorneys handle?
Business litigation attorneys handle a wide variety of cases, each of which necessitates an understanding of business law and of the industry in which the business is engaged. The following is a non-exhaustive list of business litigation cases:
- Antitrust Regulation and Unfair Competition
- Trade Regulation
- Class Action Suits
- Franchise and Dealership Transactions
- Real Estate Litigation
- Health Care Litigation
- Insolvency and Bankruptcy
- Construction Defect
- Financial Markets Litigation
- Government Investigations
- Internal Investigations
- Contractual Disputes and Drafting
- Labor and Employment Law Disputes
- Environmental Lawsuits
- Dissolution of Domestic Partnerships
- Product Liability
- Entertainment Litigation Practices
- Insurance Bad Faith
Why would I need a business litigation attorney? What is the benefit?
A business litigation attorney will know the ins and outs of the law surrounding the dispute with which you and your business are currently dealing. Oftentimes, the law is complex and is not something you can teach yourself in time to put together a persuasive and successful defense or lawsuit on your company’s behalf. As a result, hiring a qualified, knowledgeable business litigation lawyer will save you time, money, and a big headache.
A business litigation attorney is there to advocate for your business. Your attorney will explain the law, your options, and what your best course of action is. Additionally, a business litigation attorney can educate you on what the outcomes of different options will be.
By securing a business litigation lawyer, you are making the best choice possible for your business. Your attorney goes to bat for your business and does everything possible to secure a favorable outcome no matter what the issue.
What is the legal process involved in a business litigation case?
Business litigation cases can involve many different areas of the law, so it is hard to give a one-size-fits-all answer for the legal process in such a case. For example, if your company is involved in litigation with the government, different areas of the law will be needed than if your business was being sued by an employee for discrimination or wrongful termination.
However, regardless of the area of law or who else is involved in the dispute, a lawsuit will almost always begin with a complaint. The entity or individual filing the complaint is the plaintiff, whereas the entity or individual against whom the complaint was filed is the defendant.
Depending on the type of case, there may be an opportunity for settlement negotiations. There will also be a period of time called “discovery” where each side will gather evidence to support their claim or defense. After discovery ends, there will be another opportunity to settle.
If a settlement cannot be reached, or if it is simply not possible due to the nature of the suit, the claim can go to trial in front of a jury or judge.
How do I choose a business litigation attorney who is right for me?
Most importantly, you should choose an attorney who has experience with the type of dispute in which your company is involved. Some lawyers will be more qualified to handle a discrimination case, whereas others may have more experience dealing with cases involving the government.
Because your business and livelihood may be at stake, be sure to check the qualifications of any attorney you are considering hiring for your business litigation needs.
Can the San Fernando Valley Bar Association (SFVBA) help me find the right business litigation attorney?
The Attorney Referral Service of the San Fernando Valley Bar Association invests the time and resources to properly evaluate and screen attorneys. The ARS can confidently ensure that referrals are to attorneys that have demonstrated the appropriate experience in legal areas, such as business litigation and protecting your business interests. Ultimately, only the client can determine whether an attorney is right for them and that requires a consultation.
When you contact the SFVBA, you will work with a trained Referral Service Consultant from the Attorney Referral Service program. The trained Consultant will conduct a confidential interview, gather necessary information, and can also help you determine whether you have a legal problem and, if so, identify the type of attorney you need. The Consultant will match you with a lawyer that has the appropriate experience for your legal business matter.
Business owners in the San Fernando Valley receive a free initial thirty minute consultation with a properly vetted lawyer who is experienced, in good standing with the State Bar of California, reputable, local, insured to protect clients, available and capable of handling your legal matters. Our staff works with you to coordinate an in person meeting for the initial consultation, or potential clients may speak with the attorney over the phone. If necessary, clients may interview two or three attorneys before deciding whether they want to hire the attorney referred by the Attorney Referral Service of the San Fernando Valley Bar Association.