Business Litigation & Defense Attorneys
Trusted Business Litigation Attorneys in Austin
If your business gets into a dispute that requires litigation or arbitration, you want an attorney who has actually tried and arbitrated cases, not simply a “litigation” lawyer who has never picked a jury or cross examined witnesses when it counts – in front of a judge and jury. Your business is too important to take chances with inexperience.
Our firm has experience and we have been recognized by other lawyers for our experience. Peer reviews in U.S. News & World Report® and Best Lawyers® rank us as a “Tier 1” firm for commercial litigation. Peer rankings in Best Lawyers® recognize Robert Alden as one of America’s best for both commercial litigation and “bet-the-company” litigation.
Types of Business Litigation Cases We Handle
Breach of Contract: When parties contract with each other, they create their own rules, or laws, that govern their relationship or transaction. The most common business disputes involve claims based that these private “laws” have been breached. Unlike negligence and other common law claims, the prevailing party can recover attorneys’ fees in a breach of contract case, so the amount at risk in these cases may greatly exceed the direct damages caused by the breach. We routinely handle claims arising from real estate contracts, partnership agreements, licensing agreements, non-compete agreements, construction contracts, and similar agreements.
Fraud and Misrepresentation: When a party to a contract misrepresents a material fact, intentionally or unintentionally, the other party may be induced into a transaction that results in financial harm. If you have been the injured by fraud or misrepresentation, it is important to seek legal help as soon as possible. The law requires parties to “mitigate” their damages, and you need to know what you can and cannot do before you make a costly mistake.
Partnership and Fiduciary Duty: When individuals and entities form partnerships, with or without a formal written agreement, each partner owes a fiduciary duty to the other partners that includes acting honestly and in good faith, and prohibits self-dealing. A fiduciary duty is often called the “highest” duty imposed by law, and a fiduciary is required to act in the best interests of the person he owes the duty to, not his own personal interests.
Class Actions: Changes in federal and state law over the last two decades have made it difficult to successfully pursue class actions. However, during the last 10 years, we have successfully litigated several multi-million dollar class actions, and have experience in navigating the minefield of laws that defendants will use to try to dismiss these cases.
Appellate Law: Even when a party succeeds at trial, the case may not be over. Losing parties have a right to appeal any finding of fact or decision of law they believe was erroneous. Experience with appeals helps a trial lawyer better understand how to avoid “reversible errors.” Appellate lawyers that have actually tried the case will better understand the facts and legal rulings. Our trial lawyers also routinely handle their own appeals in both state and federal courts of appeals. For example, we recently successfully defended a jury verdict in a precedent-setting product liability case in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Experience You Can Rely On in Business Litigation Matters
Our firm has been successfully representing clients in Austin and the surrounding areas for more than 50 years. When we represent you in a business litigation matter, you can have confidence that you will receive the one-on-one attention that you deserve. Our lawyers have the trial skills, experience, and dedication to actively pursue the best possible outcome on your behalf, as demonstrated by our track record of success. Contact our office and let us help you with your business litigation matters.