Attorneys for Business Disputes & Commercial Litigation

Whether you have run a business for many years or have recently launched a new startup, you no doubt frequently hope that everything will go as smoothly as possible. Yet, disputes and litigation are often unavoidable in the modern business landscape. When these issues arise, you need a team of attorneys on your side who understand the nuances of business law and have a proven track record of success in commercial litigation.

At Paul LLP Trial Attorneys, we are leaders in complex commercial and consumer contingent-fee litigation, leading multi-faceted, nationwide teams of co-counsel in complicated commercial disputes. Our seasoned, skilled legal team is prepared to use their diligent work ethic and knowledge to become your champion and to prepare and guide your case from beginning to end. Our attorneys are not just lawyers but advocates for a better business world.

Do you need legal assistance for your business dispute or commercial litigation matter? Contact us today at (816) 984-8100 for a free consultation to learn more about how we can help you. We are committed to providing powerful advocacy with proven results.

What Are Business Disputes and Commercial Litigation?

Business disputes and commercial litigation encompass a broad range of conflicts that can occur in a business context. These disputes can arise between various parties, including business partners, shareholders, contractors, employees, or other businesses.

Commercial litigation is the process of resolving these disputes in court. This process can involve anything from small claims to multi-million-dollar class actions. Commercial litigation is often complex, requiring a thorough understanding of business law and excellent negotiation and litigation skills, which the team at Paul LLP Trial Attorneys is proud to offer to our clients.

What Do Business Dispute and Commercial Litigation Attorneys Do?

Business dispute and commercial litigation attorneys play a crucial role in resolving conflicts and protecting the interests of businesses. Their work ranges from providing preventative advice to avoid disputes to handling complex litigation when disputes become unavoidable.

At the initial stages, an attorney may advise on contract drafting and negotiation, helping to prevent disputes from arising in the first place. If disputes do arise, they can provide strategic advice and represent the business in negotiations or mediation. They can prepare the business for the mediation process by outlining the potential outcomes, formulating strategies, and honing negotiation tactics. The attorney can also represent the business during the mediation sessions, advocating for the business’s interests and working towards a mutually beneficial resolution that aligns with the business’s goals.

When litigation becomes necessary, commercial litigation attorneys take the lead in preparing for trial. This process involves:

  • Gathering and analyzing evidence
  • Interviewing witnesses
  • Preparing legal arguments
  • Representing the business in court

At Paul LLP Trial Attorneys, our attorneys are nationally recognized for their litigation skills. Led by Rick Paul and Ashlea Schwarz, we have litigated against some of the nation’s most powerful companies, securing some of the largest settlements ever obtained in the United States. We put our clients’ needs first and are committed to delivering dedicated, honest, and hardworking legal representation, no matter how complex the dispute may be.

What Types of Cases Do Business Dispute and Commercial Litigation Attorneys Handle?

Business dispute and commercial litigation attorneys handle a wide range of cases. They serve as advocates for businesses in complex disputes that could have a significant impact on their operations, reputation, and bottom line. Some of the types of cases they handle include the following:

  • Breach of Contract – This is a legal cause of action in which one or more parties do not honor a binding agreement. For example, a company might hire a contractor to renovate their office space, but the contractor fails to complete the work on time and to the agreed standards. The company could then hire a commercial litigation attorney to sue the contractor for breach of contract.
  • Breach of Fiduciary Duty – This type of breach occurs when one party, who has a duty to act in the best interest of another, fails to do so. For instance, if a company CEO uses company funds for personal expenses, they have breached their fiduciary duty to the shareholders to protect the financial benefit of the company. A commercial litigation attorney could then represent the shareholders in a lawsuit against the CEO.
  • Shareholder Disputes – These are disagreements between shareholders and the management of a company. An example could be when a group of minority shareholders believes that the company’s directors are making decisions that benefit themselves at the expense of the shareholders. A commercial litigation attorney could represent the shareholders in this dispute.
  • Partnership Disputes – These disputes arise when business partners disagree on the direction of the business, the distribution of profits, or other business decisions. For example, if two partners in a restaurant cannot agree on the menu, hours of operation, or how to divide the profits, they may need a commercial litigation attorney to help them resolve the dispute.
  • Intellectual Property Disputes – These disputes occur over the rights to inventions, designs, or artistic works. For example, if a company believes that a competitor is infringing on their patented technology, a commercial litigation attorney could represent them in a lawsuit against the competitor.
  • Real Estate Disputes –These disputes can involve issues such as property ownership, lease agreements, or zoning laws. For example, a business might hire a commercial litigation attorney if a landlord tries to evict them without cause or if a neighboring business is causing a nuisance that interferes with their operation.
  • Employment Disputes –These disputes can involve issues such as wrongful termination, discrimination, or wage issues. For instance, if a company fires an employee for discriminatory reasons, the employee could hire a commercial litigation attorney to sue for wrongful termination.
  • Bankruptcy Litigation –This type of litigation arises when a business cannot pay its debts and needs to restructure or liquidate its assets under the protection of the bankruptcy court. A commercial litigation attorney could represent either the debtor business or the creditors trying to recover as much of their investment as possible. 

What Should I Do if I Am Involved in a Business Dispute?

When you find yourself involved in a business dispute, taking action to protect your interests and prepare for potential litigation is essential. While business disputes and commercial litigation are never easy, you can optimize your chances of success by taking the following steps.

First, document everything. Record all pertinent interactions, transactions, and decisions related to the dispute. Keeping a clear and organized record can provide invaluable evidence if the dispute escalates to a lawsuit.

Second, review all related contracts and agreements. Understanding your rights and obligations under these legal documents can help shape your approach to the dispute. Pay particularly close attention to any clauses about dispute resolution, such as mediation or arbitration, as you will need to follow them.

Third, consult with a commercial litigation attorney. A legal professional can offer advice tailored to your specific situation and help you make your way through the complicated world of legal litigation. The attorneys at Paul LLP Trial Attorneys can evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your case, advise you on the most optimal course of action, and represent your interests if the dispute leads to litigation.

Why Choose Paul LLP Trial Attorneys?

Choosing the right attorney for your business dispute or commercial litigation is crucial. Paul LLP Trial Attorneys stands out for several reasons. Our firm’s practice concentrates on complex commercial and consumer contingent-fee litigation. We have demonstrated focus and deftness in handling elaborate and high-stakes disputes. Our peers in the legal industry have recognized that we are skilled at successfully leading high-stakes litigation. Our legal team has the experience and resources to lead multi-faceted, nationwide teams of co-counsel, which often proves crucial for cases with far-reaching implications.

Paul LLP Trial Attorneys’s legal team has litigated against some of the nation’s most powerful companies. We have assembled a team of dedicated, honest, and hardworking legal professionals who consistently put their clients’ needs first. We aim to create industrywide change to make the business world a better place for everyone. By choosing Paul LLP Trial Attorneys, you’re choosing a team with a proven track record of success, a deep commitment to our clients, and a reputation for excellence.

Contact Paul LLP Trial Attorneys for a Free Consultation

In the complex world of business disputes and commercial litigation, having an experienced and dedicated team on your side can make all the difference. Whether you are dealing with a breach of contract, shareholder disputes, intellectual property issues, or any other business dispute, the team at Paul LLP Trial Attorneys is ready to help.

We invite you to reach out to us for a free consultation. We will take the time to understand your situation, discuss potential strategies, and answer any questions you might have. We aim to provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision about your case.

While these complicated legal battles can often feel overwhelming, you do not need to fight this fight alone. Trust in the knowledge, skill, and experience of Paul LLP Trial Attorneys. Contact us today at (816) 984-8100, and let us help you protect your interests, resolve your dispute, and safeguard the future of your business.


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