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Business Litigation Lawyers in Miami
With its low tax environment and multilingual workforce, Miami is an attractive city for various companies, from start-ups to Fortune 500 corporations. However, business owners know that it may only be a matter of time before they find themselves initiating a lawsuit or becoming the subject of a business dispute. Business litigation in Miami can involve a multitude of claims, including:
- Breach of contract
- Labor and Employment disputes
- Corporate Transactions
- Unfair trade practices
When your business is on the line, an experienced, qualified, and motivated attorney can protect your legal rights and your company. Morgan & Morgan’s business litigation lawyers in Miami know how to handle business disputes and can fight for your best interests. Contact us now, and we will assess your claim for free.
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What Cases Can Miami Business Litigation Lawyers Handle?
Business litigation can be taxing on your finances and your time. However, with the right law firm by your side, you can lessen the stress and costs associated with litigation. Most importantly, you will be free to focus on business matters while your attorney handles your claim from beginning to end. Our business litigation lawyers in Miami litigate a wide array of business disputes, including but not limited to:
Breach of Contract
Breaches of contracts can be a common source of quarrels between companies. A breach of contract can take many forms, such as:
- Late payments for goods
- Failing to deliver
- Delivering damaged products
Even when there is no written contract in place, you could have legal recourse. For example, if two parties have been conducting business for years, breach of contract can be based on those prior dealings. Businesses may bring suits against clients, contractors, employees, business partners, and other entities.
If partners and shareholders agree, business dissolutions can go smoothly and quickly. However, when a business is terminated, there is always the potential for quarrels and conflicts. For example, legal disputes can occur when individuals own unequal shares in the company, partners disagree about crucial issues, or executives violate their fiduciary duty. Engaging an experienced business litigation lawyer to represent your interests can be critical for protecting your legal rights and assets.
Business insurance disputes can arise in the following cases and others:
- Product liability claims
- Liability insurance disputes
- Business interruption claims
A qualified business litigation lawyer in Miami can take the inconvenience and pain out of dealing with insurance companies.
Corporate transaction litigation can be complex and require highly specialized and accomplished business litigation attorneys. Cases can include but are not limited to:
- Litigating breaches of transaction agreements
- Merger and acquisition litigation
- Handling claims arising when buying and selling businesses
Intellectual Property Disputes
A company’s trade secrets are protected similarly to trademarks, copyrights, and patents. Losing trade secrets can be devastating and costly for your business. Our Florida commercial litigation lawyers could assist you with various trade secret-related litigation, including:
- Intellectual property theft
- Breach of binding agreements
- Corporate espionage
We can identify whether trade secret theft has occurred and pursue damages on your behalf.
Employment and Labor Claims
Unhappy employees or ex-employees can make the life of business owners extremely challenging and cause reputational damage to a company. We could help if a previous or current employee tries to sue you for an employment-related claim and alleges:
- Wrongful termination
- Wage and hour law violations
Business Partnership Disputes
Business partnerships can sometimes deteriorate to the extent that conflicts lead to litigation. Cases can involve, among others:
- Dissolving partnerships without written agreements
- Litigating breach of partnership agreements
- Enforcing non-compete obligations when partners move to other companies
- Securing payouts for retiring partners
- Litigating breach of fiduciary duty
- Resolving violations of intellectual property rights
Shareholders can bring a lawsuit against third parties, typically senior officers or executives, on behalf of a business. Disputes may occur, for example, when shareholders suspect misconduct by senior officers. Derivative lawsuits can arise in the following circumstances and others:
- Conflicts of interests of executives
- Breach of contract by an officer or director
- Fraud or insider dealing
- Breach of fiduciary duty
- Disproportionate pay or bonuses of senior officers
- Violations of laws and regulations
Business Litigation Claims Arise in Many Circumstances
Business litigation is a wide field, and there can be many instances where a business needs to take action and either file a lawsuit or defend itself from claims by others. Our business litigation lawyers in Miami can handle most commercial litigation claims. We can identify your options and help you navigate the complex legal processes of business litigation.
How Can a Morgan & Morgan Business Litigation Attorney Help?
Our business litigation attorneys can resolve minor and significant legal disputes that Miami companies may find themselves in while doing business. Our experienced lawyers can help businesses to obtain the best possible outcome, whether in or out of court. Some of the most common claims we handle include:
- Representing clients in breach of contract claims
- Dealing with labor and employment law-related disputes
- Resolving partnership and shareholder disputes
Successful business litigation requires extensive research and investigation. Other ways in which we can help progress your claim include:
- Research and investigate your case’s facts and circumstances
- Hire respected expert witnesses to strengthen your claim
- Communicate with the other party and their attorney
- Complete and file the necessary paperwork for a court case
- Working for you on a no-win-no-fee basis
One of the major advantages of hiring our determined business litigation attorneys is that you can focus on your career or business while we fight your legal claim.
Is Business Litigation the Same as Corporate Law?
Corporate law primarily deals with advising a company and ensuring that all essential legal affairs are in order. Corporate law can encompass advice regarding a company’s structure and the drafting of contracts. A corporate attorney can also inform business owners and partners about their legal obligations. Businesses should seek regular guidance from an attorney practicing corporate law.
In contrast, a business litigation attorney is typically embroiled in legal battles on behalf of businesses and spends their time negotiating out-of-court settlements or fighting cases in the courtroom. Therefore, if you are getting sued or are looking to sue, you should hire a business litigation attorney to represent you and fight on your behalf.
Can Someone Sue My Business for a Personal Injury?
An individual hurt due to your company’s negligence or wrongdoing could sue you for damages. Personal injury claims against corporations can arise in the following circumstances and others:
- Slips and falls
- Negligent security
- Dangerous or defective products
If an individual can prove negligent or deliberate wrongdoing, they could be entitled to damages from your business. A business litigation attorney from Morgan & Morgan can advise you on your next best steps if an individual is suing your company.
Do Business Litigation Lawyers Handle Real Estate Disputes?
Our business litigation attorneys could help you resolve various types of commercial real estate disputes, including but not limited to:
- Breach of real estate contract
- Disputes between co-owners of commercial properties
- Disagreements over real estate commissions
- Breach of lease
- Negligent construction
- Property damage
- Real estate insurance disputes
Commercial real estate law can be complex and involve federal, state, and local regulations. Therefore, attorneys handling real estate claims are highly specialized.
If you struggle to resolve a real estate issue, don’t go it alone. Our experienced and tenacious business litigation attorneys can be here for you.
Do I Have to Go to Court for My Claim?
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), only a small percentage of civil cases, such as business litigation lawsuits, see the inside of a courtroom. The parties may come to a resolution in settlement negotiations or use Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), such as mediation. Mediation can be an excellent alternative to a trial and is typically conducted by a neutral mediator. If the parties agree to a settlement after mediation, a court approves the settlement terms, and a trial is successfully avoided.
However, to protect a business, settlement agreements must be correctly documented. Having a seasoned business lawyer in your corner during settlement negotiations can be critical to avoid exposure to liability.
When Trial Cannot Be Avoided
Although the odds that you have to fight your lawsuit at a trial are relatively slim, some claims invariably end up in front of a judge. In some cases, the parties cannot agree to a settlement and end up fighting their claim in court, which can result in a lengthy and costly battle. If this happens to you, you need the best legal representation to fight your case and protect your rights.
Do I Have a Business Litigation Claim if My Clients Don’t Pay Me?
Many business litigation claims deal with non-payment issues or payment disputes between businesses or companies and customers. Sometimes, a company becomes a creditor to a business in bankruptcy proceedings. In most cases of non-payment, having a business litigation lawyer in your corner can be advantageous for recovering what you deserve, especially if large sums are involved.
Is My Personal Property on the Line if Someone Sues My Business?
Normally, a properly formed business entity shields business owners from personal liability. However, it is possible to lose this protection in some instances. For example, if you were negligent and got sued, you may be personally liable either to the business or the affected third parties. This can occur when business owners breach fiduciary duty.
Moreover, if a business is used for fraudulent purposes, creditors may be able to access the owners’ assets to recover damages. Also, consider that some business structures do not protect owners’ assets from liability. If someone is threatening your company and you are worried about your assets, a business litigation attorney can help to clarify your options.
Could a Dispute With My Business Partner Lead to Litigation?
Disputes between business partners frequently lead to lawsuits. However, you could try and resolve your conflict out of court first, for example, with mediation or arbitration. Dealing with your disagreement out of court can considerably cut down on the costs and hassle that a court case typically involves.
Whether your partner is already suing you or you are entering mediation or arbitration, working with a seasoned business litigation lawyer in Miami can be critical for the outcome of the claim.
Can I Settle a Business Litigation Claim on My Own?
If a dispute is already headed to litigation, you should consult an attorney immediately to protect your legal rights and company. Business litigation can be complex and typically requires an excellent understanding of the applicable laws and legal processes. Technicalities such as missing a deadline or making a mistake when filling in legal paperwork could sink your case before it even gets off the ground. Moreover, when anticipating litigation, you should also seek prompt legal advice to protect your business and assets.
Business owners trying to go it alone may save money initially but could complicate their legal issues and even lose their case as a result. At Morgan & Morgan, we do not charge hourly fees or retainers, so there is no financial risk when we take your case. We only get paid if and when we win.
Contact Our Miami Business Litigation Attorneys for Help Today
If you have a business dispute, don’t go it alone and risk damaging or losing your case. Morgan & Morgan’s experienced business litigation lawyers can fight for companies and individuals. We can assess your claim, determine your legal options, and file a lawsuit against a defendant or defend you from claims against your business.
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