Business Litigation

Business is challenging. Sometimes, those challenges can morph into a dispute, including disputes with former partners, clients, customers, as well as regulators and other government entities. Our clients rely on us to help them navigate these challenges. We evaluate each new challenge at the outset and determine the best strategy to help our clients achieve their objectives. Whether that strategy calls for early negotiations or aggressive litigation, our attorneys have the experience and skill to protect our clients’ interests and achieve their goals.

Financial Institutions

Financial institutions face unique legal challenges. Not only are there numerous state and federal regulations that financial institutions must abide by, but financial institutions can also face a variety of civil claims. Working with an experienced team of attorneys is crucial for these types of companies. Our attorneys are experienced in representing financial institutions in the courtroom, before regulators, and in internal investigations.

Employer REPRESENTATION

Our attorneys have extensive experience representing and advising employers on a myriad of issues. Our firm represents employers and employees in employment disputes and works with employers to minimize the potential for future disputes. Our attorneys also help employers protect trade secrets and ensure security of competitively-valuable electronic data.

Coverage Litigation

Our attorneys have experience representing domestic and foreign insurers in litigation involving claims for declaratory judgment, breach of contract, bad faith, and alleged prompt-pay violations. Our attorneys have represented insurers with a wide-range of exposures, from a million dollars to several billion dollars, arising out of directors and officers, management liability, pollution legal liability, professional indemnity, errors and omissions, CGL, property insurance, title insurance, and excess insurance policies. In each matter, we work relentlessly to position our clients and prepare their story for a judge or jury.

Coverage Advice
and Monitoring

Our insurance clients often face complicated coverage issues and turn to us to help them navigate their challenges. We have extensive experience advising insurers on their risks, responsibilities, and rights arising out of wide-range of insurance policies including, directors and officers, management liability, private equity liability, pollution legal liability, professional indemnity, errors and omissions, CGL, property insurance, title insurance, and excess insurance.

Policy Drafting and Wording Advice

Coverage disputes can be costly and time consuming for an insurance company. They can also lead to a policy being broadly construed against an insurance company resulting in an insurer having to cover unintended risks. The best way to avoid these unnecessary expenses and burdens is to have clear policy language from the outset. Therefore, we frequently work with our clients to provide advice and consultation as they draft and develop their policy forms and endorsements.

Reinsurance

We represent the interests of both reinsurers and cedents. We understand reinsurance disputes and the business objectives driving them and are always looking for creative and effective solutions. When the parties cannot arrive at a resolution, our attorneys have the experience to litigate your reinsurance dispute.

Legal Malpractice Defense

When an attorney or firm is named in a lawsuit, emotions run high. Attorneys take pride in their work, and allegations of malpractice sting. Our attorneys have successfully defended legal malpractice lawsuits across the country. These claims have ranged from a lawyer’s alleged failure to execute his client’s instructions, to alleged fraud in the application of client funds, to allegedly incorrect tax advice provided to hedge fund owners. From initial assessment to jury verdict, we have experience representing and guiding clients through malpractice allegations.

Law Firm Counseling

Law firms face unique problems, including issues with departing and underperforming partners, compliance with regulations and client standards, cybersecurity, and complicated ethics and conflicts issues. The lawyers in our firm have advised clients on the range of issues facing firms. Barry Chasnoff was previously General Counsel to the international law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and served on that firm’s management committee for 15 years. This unique experience and expertise allows our firm to provide our law firm clients with rapid and tested advice when confronting pressing issues.