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Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Our focus begins and ends with identifying your goals, and helping you achieve those goals in the most efficient, cost effective manner.
We have many years of experience representing companies, large and small, in jurisdictions throughout the United States and in every aspect of litigation and dispute resolution, from jury trials and bench proceedings, to appellate and Supreme Court arguments. Here is what you get when you hire a Much Shelist litigator:
Experience & Knowledge that, combined with our practice-wide bench strength, enables us to focus directly on the issues and objectives of most importance to you
Industry Experience in construction, real estate, intellectual property, technology, labor and employment, post-merger and acquisition disputes, insurance coverage, and disputes with mission-critical suppliers, distributors and customers
Trained Mediators & Arbitrators are committed to the strategic use of alternative dispute resolution when doing so makes practical business sense
Responsiveness – you are the most important client to us
Creative, Sensible Fee Arrangements
What Sets Us Apart
In addition to our more typical litigation services, we provide multi-disciplinary, coordinated counsel designed to help meet dispute-resolution needs more cost-effectively, through prevention, sensible billing and alternatives to traditional litigation.
Alternative Fee Arrangements
We are committed to open and creative partnerships with you, especially when dealing with fees and billings. As a firm, we understand the importance of tailoring our agreements to individual clients and their needs. We also believe that many traditional fee arrangements result in inefficiency. We prefer to develop service agreements that reward efficiency; for example, as litigators, we have developed numerous contingency- and result-based fee arrangements that align our interests more closely with those of our clients. These include blended, task-based, partial contingent and discount/premium rates, as well as retainer-based fees.
Litigation Avoidance Counseling
As experienced litigators, we understand many of the business dynamics and other factors that can lead to an increased risk of litigation. We work with you to review contracts, analyze business decisions, determine appropriate legal structures, review financial, vendor, customer and joint-venture agreements, and explore a broad range of other legal and business choices, all with an eye toward proactively identifying and preventing situations that may lead to future disputes.
Although the vast majority of cases result in some form of settlement, these settlements typically occur after significant time, money and other resources (not to mention lost opportunities) have been spent preparing for trial and litigating. We offer settlement counsel services that differ from typical litigation in their focus on settlement as the ultimate goal. As settlement counsel, we do not act as mediators or arbitrators; rather, we are engaged by clients to pursue rational settlement strategies as a first recourse. In doing so, we take the interests of all parties into account, including time pressures, needs for privacy and the prevention of negative publicity, working separately from litigation counsel to develop innovative solutions.
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