Civil Litigation

Client Focus

When necessary, we litigate aggressively to protect your interests. However, we realize that litigation is expensive and that, when you’re involved in a dispute, difficult choices often must be made: Should you file a lawsuit? Should you try mediation or arbitration? Should you spend money on a motion for summary judgment? We help you make the right choices, so your litigation dollars are spent wisely.

We have substantial trial experience representing plaintiffs and defendants in State and Federal courts. Our attorneys are often selected as special mediators and arbitrators by peers and by judges, and frequently represent parties in mediation, arbitration and other forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), which sometimes can resolve a dispute more quickly and cost-effectively than a formal lawsuit. We help you decide whether it makes sense to use ADR for your disputes.


Many of the disputes we work on arise in a business context or out of a commercial transaction such as:

  • Secured and unsecured financing
  • Business and real estate acquisitions or sales
  • Disagreements among partners or shareholders
  • Trade secrets
  • Commercial and real estate disputes
  • Franchises

We also represent clients in all types of real estate disputes, from quiet title cases to “responsible party” actions concerning the cleanup of hazardous substances. We do a substantial amount of work both enforcing and defending against mechanics’ liens and stop notices. And we handle many other types of cases, such as will contests, various contested matters in probate court, personal injury, products liability, insurance coverage, and wrongful termination and other employment-related matters.


Our client base is broad, cutting across many of the firm’s other practice areas, especially business, real estate, bankruptcy, and creditors’ rights. Besides individuals, we represent many businesses, small and large, including several international companies.