Due in large part to tourism and real estate, Naples is a city with a growing business community. Too often, however, a thriving economy creates opportunities for unfair or fraudulent business activity. Unfortunately, when business disputes arise, companies and individuals are forced to navigate the complex world of commercial litigation.
Morgan & Morgan’s Business Trial Group is proud to provide contingency-fee representation to clients who are involved in business disputes. Our Naples business attorneys handle a variety of commercial litigation cases, involving contract disputes, construction, accountant and legal malpractice, real estate, shareholder and partnership disputes, investor fraud, intellectual property infringement, and others.
By representing clients in these types of disputes on a contingency-fee basis, our Naples commercial litigation attorneys provide aggressive and efficient representation, which can level the playing field with larger, more well-funded opponents.
To contact our Naples business lawyers, call us at 877-633-8213 or fill out our online case review form.
Business Litigation Cases We Handle
The Business Trial Group handles a wide variety of commercial disputes and has seen great success in doing so. Our Naples business attorneys have achieved tens of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients.
Breach of Contract & Business Torts
Some of the more common types of breach of contract and business torts are:
- Breach of contract (partnership agreements, joint venture agreements, operating agreements, purchase/sale agreements, etc.)
- Breach of fiduciary duty
- Fraud and negligent misrepresentation
- Civil theft and conversion
- Tortious interference with a business or contractual relationship
- Misappropriation of trade secrets
Our Naples contract attorneys understand the complexities of contract law that can make or break a case. We also appreciate that contact disputes also often involve business tort claims, and we are well-versed at presenting our clients’ cases in an effective and efficient fashion.
Our Naples construction attorneys represent contractors, subcontractors, property owners, and investors in a wide range of disputes. Whether a public or private construction project, we have experience litigating these claims, and we can help you navigate this complex area of the law.
Some common types of construction claims we prosecute are:
- Construction defect claims (such as defective windows, roofing systems, and others)
- Construction delay and disruption claims
- Construction payment and lien foreclosure claims
- Warranty and contract claims
- Insurance coverage claims
- Negligence claims against design professionals, such as architects and engineers.
We also handle claims against design professionals to recover for their negligence, including:
- Failing to account for ordinances, code provisions, or regulatory requirements
- Failing to utilize proper care when designing a plan for site development or construction of a building
- Failing to conduct due diligence into a project with the proper level of care
- Failing to utilize proper care when advising a client on the prospects of real estate development
- Recommending a course of action that is not lawful or feasible
Our construction attorneys work on a contingency-fee basis, which means that you only pay your attorney if they obtain a recovery for you.
Real Estate Litigation
Because so many hands are involved in real estate, sellers, buyers, brokers, developers, landlords, and tenants alike can find themselves embroiled in a real estate dispute. This can make them difficult to resolve without the help of a skilled real estate litigation attorney.
Our Naples real estate attorneys are experienced in a wide variety of disputes, including:
- Breach of real estate purchase or sale agreement
- Real estate commission disputes
- Breach of lease
- Partnership and joint venture disputes
- Negligent design, planning, or construction
- Physical damage to real property
If you are involved in a real estate lawsuit in the Naples area, contact us for a free consultation to determine if we can assist with your matter.
Legal and Accountant Malpractice
Has a professional’s negligence significantly harmed your business? Attorneys, accountants, insurance agents, and other professionals generally do great, helpful work. But when they make careless mistakes, they should be held accountable. Our Naples legal and accountant malpractice attorneys have successfully fought for clients who have suffered significant financial damages due to the fraud and negligence of all type of professionals.
Business Trial Group attorneys have handled numerous professional negligence and malpractice claims against attorneys, accountants, and insurance agents, helping to recover clients’ losses and holding professionals in Florida responsible and accountable for their actions.
For example, attorneys can commit malpractice by failing to exercise sufficient care in handling your legal matter. Some common types of errors that can be legal malpractice are:
- Failing to file a lawsuit within the statute of limitations
- Missing a critical deadline
- Failing to notify a client of a conflict of interest
- Errors in forming a corporation, partnership, joint venture, or other entity
- Misusing a client’s funds in a trust account
- Committing errors drafting an agreement or document.
Our Naples employment attorneys have extensive experience representing both employers and employees in disputes involving unpaid wages and breach of employment contracts. There are many ways an employer may try and avoid paying compensation or terminating an employee. When that happens, we can help determine who was at fault and what is owed.
Although Florida is an “at-will” state, employment contracts can create an exception to the “at-will” rule and often provide that an employee may only be terminated under certain conditions. Moreover, employment contracts often establish an employee’s right to salary, commissions, severance, equity/shares, and other benefits that cannot be withheld simply because the employment relationship is terminated. Our Naples employment contract lawyers can review the terms of your agreement and determine if your employer has violated its obligations, so you can assess your legal options.
Our Business Trial Group attorneys also focus on cases involving non-compete, non-solicitation, and non-disclosure agreement (NDA) clauses in contracts, and will help you hold the person or entity accountable for breaking the terms of the contract and the damages they have caused.
Investment Losses and Securities Fraud
As an investor, it’s important to be able to trust the other people involved in your investment, such as a stockbrokers, investment advisors, or other financial professionals. Should one of these parties commit negligent or fraudulent acts, our Naples securities attorneys can help. The Business Trial Group has helped investors resolve disputes arising from securities fraud, breaching fiduciary duties, unauthorized trading, churning, manipulating brokerage accounts, and other securities-related misconduct.
Many cases involving stockbroker or financial advisor misconduct are brought through the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration process. When hiring an attorney to represent you, it is important to ensure that your attorney is well-versed in the FINRA process and rules. Our Naples securities arbitration attorneys have represented numerous clients before FINRA, and have extensive experience recovering investment losses for their clients.
Intellectual Property Litigation
Trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, patents, and other forms of intellectual property rights each have their own specific nuances. Our Naples intellectual property attorneys handle cases regarding infringement or misappropriation of intellectual property rights. If you are embroiled in a complicated dispute over your intellectual property, we may be able to help.
Intellectual property cases often involve:
- Infringement of trademarks, copyrights, or patents
- Misappropriation of trade secrets, likeness, corporate images or names
- Unfair and deceptive business tactics and unfair competition
- Online trademark infringement (domains, cybersquatting, etc.)
If you believe you have suffered damages due to the infringement of your intellectual property, contact the Naples Business Trial Group attorneys for a free consultation.
Shareholder and Partnership Disputes
Shareholders and partners in closely-held companies often invest significant money, time, and energy to the business. That’s why our Naples business attorneys focus on representing victims of shareholder and partnership violations to recover their losses. The Business Trial Group handles many different kinds of shareholder and partnership disputes, including:
- Breaches of fiduciary duty
- Violations of partnership or operating agreements
- Management self-dealing
- Mishandling of assets, theft, and embezzlement
- Breach of non-compete and non-solicitation agreements
- Minority shareholder oppression
- Judicial dissolution of a company
We have helped numerous business people deal with misconduct perpetrated by their co-owners, partners, or shareholders. If you believe your ownership rights are being violated, contact us for a consultation.
Trust and Estate Litigation
If you are not receiving compensation that you are eligible for through an inheritance, our Naples probate attorneys may be able to help. Inheritance matters are often difficult to tackle, especially since you may be struggling with the loss of a loved one. Our experience and success allow us to help fight to help you reclaim finances, property, real estate, and other forms of inheritance that you are legally owed.
Our Naples trust and estate attorneys often represent beneficiaries in suits against trustees for mismanagement of assets and breaches of fiduciary duties. Fiduciaries, such as trustees, guardians, or personal representatives, must act within the strict rules and standards established by the law. Those who willfully break these requirements can be subject to lawsuits to compensate victims for their financial losses.
Our attorneys also regularly handle lawsuits regarding the use of undue influence to wrongfully receive money or property, or cases that involve a will or trust that has been wrongfully changed or is being disregarded.
Why Contingency-Fee Business Litigation Makes Sense
Too often, prospective clients who are rightfully owed compensation for their business disputes simply do not have the funds to afford attorneys who can help them. That’s why our Naples business lawyers work on a contingency-fee (success fee) basis, so you will not pay any attorneys’ fees unless we recover money for you, and our fees will be paid solely from the recovery in your case.
This contingency-fee model has tremendous advantages over traditional hourly billing, which can be prohibitively expensive for small businesses and individuals, often preventing them from seeking legal recourse through litigation. Our Naples commercial litigation attorneys believe that no one should be left unable to fight for their rights due to financial strain; you deserve to have your day in court.
Business Trial Group Attorneys in Naples Are Here to Help
Morgan & Morgan’s Business Trial Group serves businesses and individuals throughout Florida, regardless of size or financial strength. Our contingency fee model and the wide variety of business and commercial disputes we handle set us apart from other corporate law firms. But what we are most proud of is the results we have secured for our clients.
To find out about how our Business Trial Group commercial attorneys may be able to assist you or your business, contact our Naples business litigation lawyers at 877-633-8213 or fill out our free, no-obligation case review form.