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Nashville Commercial & Business Litigation
At Morgan & Morgan, our Nashville office of the Business Trial Group focuses on providing our clients with the highest quality business attorneys on a contingency-fee basis. Our legal team has decades of experience, and has recovered tens of millions of dollars, prosecuting a wide variety of commercial litigation matters. You will never pay hourly rates, and you will pay no fees at all until we win.
Tennessean professionals and small business owners appreciate our unique approach to commercial and business litigation. We will litigate your case with the knowledge and clout of a big law firm without sacrificing personal attention and service. Additionally, the contingency-fee structure eliminates the up-front and ongoing financial burden typically associated with complex business litigation.
Distinguished peers and industry thought leaders have given praise to Morgan & Morgan’s Business Trial Group. Our firm and individual attorneys have earned recognition for their work by numerous organizations, including:
- Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™
- The Best Lawyers in America©
- The National Law Journal’s Elite Trial Lawyers
Awards are great, but we believe results and client satisfaction are better. Our attorneys have won trials and secured settlements for our clients in cases involving contractual disputes, construction, employment and unpaid compensation, investment losses, real estate, trust and probate, intellectual property, and several other areas of business law.
If you believe you might have a case, please contact our office for a case review at no charge or obligation. You can reach our Nashville office at (615) 490-0944 or by completing our free case review form at your convenience.
Types of Commercial and Business Litigation Cases We Handle
Our Nashville business attorneys handle a broad array of commercial litigation cases. Morgan & Morgan’s Business Trial Group can assist you or your business in determining the merits of your case and pursuing remedies to recover damages in a variety of different areas.
Accountant Malpractice Lawsuits
Fraud or negligence by an accountant can cause an individual or a business significant financial losses. For this reason, accountants are held to very strict professional standards.
Accounting malpractice can occur in a number of contexts, including:
- Tax filing and planning
- Financial statement preparation
- Business consulting
- Investment due diligence
Accountants must abide by Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS). Deviation from these standards—whether intentional or unintentional—that causes a client financial losses can result in an accountant malpractice lawsuit.
Because accounting errors are often highly technical, it is important that you contact an experienced Nashville accountant malpractice attorney to review your claim. Our attorneys have the business background and experience to properly analyze your claims, and we work with top outside accounting experts to give your case the best chance for success.
Breach of Contract Litigation
A breach of contract occurs when one party fails to meet the terms imposed on them by a contract. When financial losses occur as a result of a contract breach, the non-breaching party has the right to bring a lawsuit seeking damages.
Contract breaches can occur in a wide variety of situations. In fact, there does not even need to be a formal written contract, as oral contracts can also be legally binding.
Because contract litigation often involves complex legal issues, you should consult with an experienced Nashville contract attorney to determine your options. The Business Trial Group handles breach of contract lawsuits on a contingency-fee basis, so you will pay nothing for a consultation and, if we take on your case, you pay no fees until we make a recovery for you.
Business Tort Litigation
Contract lawsuits also involve business torts that arise independent of the contract terms. Business torts are wrongful acts that trigger financial damages against you or your company. They include misconduct such as:
- Fraud and Misrepresentation
- Breach of Fiduciary Duty
- Conversion and Civil Theft
- Defamation (Libel and Slander)
- Interference with a Business or Contract
Professionals and businesses that suffer damages due to another's misconduct may be able to bring a business tort claim and recover financial losses.
The Business Trial Group focuses on complex commercial litigation for which you will never pay up-front hourly attorney fees, and you will pay nothing unless and until we are successful. Our pricing structure allows businesses, regardless of their size, to achieve justice—even against opponents with more financial resources.
Litigation is not uncommon in the construction industry. There are several different contracts and parties involved in a typical construction project, and it’s impossible to foresee or prevent every condition that could possibly occur. Our attorneys at Morgan & Morgan’s Business Trial Group help clients with litigation over circumstances such as construction defects and delays, payment disputes, and engineering and architectural malpractice.
The Business Trial Group takes on employment matters for employers or employees on a contingency-fee billing model, including:
- Breaches of employment contract
- Wrongful termination
- Unpaid compensation (salary, bonuses, commissions, severance, or benefits)
Our attorneys have decades of collective experience working with those who have unfairly lost compensation and/or commissions. We understand the subtleties often discovered in employment contracts, handbooks, agreements, and other employment files. The Business Trial Group has proven numerous times that they can recoup millions in awards for their employment clients.
Intellectual Property Litigation
Intellectual property conflicts can be difficult to navigate in a progressively digital world. This kind of litigation is among the most complex for individuals and businesses due to the fact that the laws are usually “clear as mud” regarding the legal landscape of intellectual property.
Fortunately, your intellectual property rights are protected by the U.S. Constitution, as well as the Constitution of the great state of Tennessee. We help our clients address conflicts arising from trademarks, privacy infringement, copyright infringement, patent infringement, and misappropriation of trade secrets to ensure that their work is being protected and compensated for when used illegally.
Legal Malpractice Lawsuits
In Tennessee, attorney malpractice is surprisingly common. As many as 5 to 6 percent of attorneys face legal malpractice lawsuits annually. Attorney malpractice can occur in a host of different settings, including document drafting mistakes, misapplication of the law, or deliberately overcharging a client.
The standard for legal malpractice is whether an attorney provided a client legal services with the skill, care, knowledge, and judgment typical of members in the legal community. Tennessee attorneys must also practice law in accordance with the Tennessee State Bar Rules of Professional Conduct.
Discovering that a legal professional may have committed malpractice can be extremely frustrating. But when you hire the Business Trial Group’s Nashville legal malpractice attorneys to handle your claim, you pay no fees of any kind until we recover your damages.
Real Estate Litigation
Real estate disputes can take place at multiple points during the marketing, purchase, and occupancy process. The Business Trial Group represents brokers, purchasers, sellers, lessors, lessees, and property managers in disagreements involving contracts, commercial leases, commissions, and misrepresentations.
Real estate claims can involve different kinds of legal concerns and difficulties. It is important to have an experienced Nashville real estate lawyer who can identify the critical problems and efficiently use litigation strategies to achieve the very best outcome.
Securities and Investor Fraud
Investors often work with a financial advisor or stockbroker because they trust that their finances are in great hands. The sad reality is that wayward advisors sometimes abuse their position as fiduciaries to line their own pockets at the expense of the client. Even though investments are risky, investors do not need to put up with deceit or carelessness.
The Business Trial Group attorneys have helped many investors recover millions of dollars in losses sustained by securities scams. Our firm supplies all the advantages of a big firm without the burden of hourly costs. Doing so levels the playing field between investors and the powerful financial companies to ensure a judicious trial or arbitration is within reach.
Shareholder & Partnership Disputes
Investors, owners, and partners in a company or business enterprise have legal options when agreements and contracts are broken.
Conflicts often develop when majority owners illegally prevent minority shareholders from enjoying monetary gains that are rightfully theirs. Since minority owners cannot force the majority to act fairly, it is crucial to remember that they can bring a claim and seek damages for oppressive conduct.
The Business Trial Group will protect your rights. We might be able to assist you in recovering any losses regarding unreasonable compensation, oppression, embezzlement, negligent management, or another matter that adversely affects your business interests.
Tennessee Statute of Limitations to File a Business Lawsuit
For civil cases, Tennessee, like all other states, imposes time limits on when certain claims can be made. These time limits are based on laws called the "statute of limitations." An aggrieved party must file a lawsuit within a certain period of time after the incident occurred or, in some cases, is discovered. If you fail to do so, you surrender your right to file a claim.
These time frames vary for different types of civil actions. A few examples of statute of limitation-type timeframes are listed below:
Libel/Slander. Time to file: 6 months – 1 Year. See: T.C.A. § 28-3-103, 104
Professional Malpractice. Time to file: 1 Year. See: T.C.A. §28-3-104(2)
Breach of Contract. Time to file: 6 Years. See: T.C.A. §28-3-109
There are a few reasons civil courts in Tennessee enforce a limitation on actions. For one, they guarantee that claims are filed soon enough after the incident that evidence remains integral. Plus, these time frames prevent potential litigants from "threatening" claims indefinitely as a means of intimidation.
Because of statutes of limitation, it is essential that you contact an attorney as soon as possible to pursue your legal claims.
Nashville Contingency-Fee Business Litigation
Contingency-fee business litigation is a fair and modern alternative to the hourly billing model. Instead of paying expensive monthly hourly bills, you are only paying for results. This means that if the Business Trial Group does not effectively resolve your case and recover damages, you will not owe us anything.
Because our clients only pay for outcomes, we level the playing field against more well-funded parties. Unable to leverage their financial strengths to win cases, your opponents are forced to argue their claims or defenses on the merits of the case.
Your success is our first and foremost priority. Whether your case is settled out of court or in front of arbitrators or a jury, we are ready to fight for the results you deserve. Contact the Business Trial Group today for a free case evaluation by completing our case review form or calling us at (615) 490-0944.