Commercial litigation presents risks and challenges that threaten the bottom line or could undermine the business itself. Shepherd, Finkelman, Miller & Shah, LLP (SFMS) focuses on efficient, cost-effective and forward-thinking solutions to disputes, helping clients minimize the adverse impact and capitalize on opportunities within legal conflicts.
SFMS has extensive experience in commercial litigation matters. Our attorneys have decades of collective experience representing large national and international corporations, as well as smaller businesses and other entities. With multiple offices in the U.S. and Howard Brown on behalf of HS Brown Limited in the U.K., and attorneys licensed in numerous states, we litigate nationwide in state and federal courts, including bankruptcy courts, tax courts and appellate courts. Through our affiliated foreign law firms of the Integrated Advisory Group, we also handle business and commercial litigation in foreign courts of Europe, Asia and elsewhere around the world.
Commercial Disputes And Other Complex Civil Litigation
SFMS lawyers have handled a wide spectrum of matters on behalf of our corporate clients in all sectors of business, including:
- Contract dispute or breach of warranty
- Breach of duty or abuse of trust
- Business torts (e.g., defamation, tortious interference)
- Unfair competition
- Partnership and joint venture disputes
- Franchising disputes
- UCC and other trade disputes
- Intellectual property disputes (e.g., copyright, trademark, licensing)
SFMS attorneys regularly litigate in federal and state courts throughout the United States. On the appellate front, as a result of our track record of winning many significant and groundbreaking appeals over the last decade, other practitioners regularly approach us and request that we assist them in pursuing or defending appeals in federal and state courts. In representing clients in commercial litigation matters, SFMS attorneys have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars, including recoveries from governments and state trading entities.
While we are always prepared for court, trial verdicts or injunctive relief can be Pyrrhic victories if they sabotage key business relationships or harm the company's goodwill in the community or the industry. Our litigation services include risk assessment and litigation avoidance strategies to explore remedies short of courtroom litigation. SFMS is also a strong proponent of alternative dispute resolution, such as mediation or arbitration. In addition to handling such matters in federal and state courts in the United States, SFMS attorneys also have significant experience handling claims in international arbitration forums and with co-counsel in courts outside of the United States.
One thing that sets our practice apart from other firms is our flexible terms of engagement. Our firm handles commercial litigation pursuant to traditional hourly billing arrangements and increasingly handles litigation for corporate plaintiffs on a contingent fee basis. While many corporate counsel tend to be reluctant to deviate from tried and true hourly billing procedures, we have found that, in appropriate circumstances, a contingent fee structure ensures the proper incentives and often furthers the client's interests, while providing desirable incentives to litigate efficiently, maximize recoveries and minimize the length of pretrial proceedings.
To discuss a current or potential business dispute with experienced commercial litigation attorneys, contact SFMS to arrange a consultation.