Complex Business Disputes


Representative Matters

Corporations, partnerships, and individuals are increasingly embroiled – almost as a cost of doing business -– in a wide variety of complex business disputes that often fall within two general categories:

Those disputes arising out of past or present business relationships, including, for example, claims for breach of contract, business fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and other business torts. The characteristic common to this category of dispute is that they all rise out of what was once an amicable and mutually beneficial business relationship; and

Those arising between business competitors, including for example, statutory or common law claims for trademark infringement, trade secret theft, unfair competition or trade disparagement. These business disputes often involve extremely high stakes, measured monetarily or by competitive position. The human resource cost and legal expense of participating in these proceedings makes the stakes even higher. A company’s success or lack of success in managing and resolving its complex business disputes, more often than not, directly affects its bottom line profitability.

We provide the following services calculated to assist our clients at each and every stage of the process:

  • Pre-suit Investigation and Counseling – Whether the client is prosecuting or defending a claim, pre-suit investigation conducted by savvy business counsel is critical to the successful resolution of the dispute. We investigate the merits of potential claims and defenses, counsel our client on the risks and benefits of litigation or alternative courses of action.
  • Dispute Mediation – Parties often can resolve business disputes by sitting down with their attorneys and an objective third-party and agreeing upon a resolution that allows them to preserve their business relationship without incurring the substantial expense and headache normally associated with full-scale litigation. We pride ourselves on our ability to identify the types of disputes that are amenable to early mediation and forging creative solutions to business disputes through arbitration.
  • Litigation of Disputes – More than thirty attorneys at Butler Rubin litigate a broad range of complex business disputes in a truly nationwide practice. Our lawyers have litigated lawsuits in 40 states, handled arbitrations throughout the country, and represented clients before federal and state administrative tribunals.
  • Trials of Disputed Matters – We try cases at Butler Rubin. Our focus at every stage of the dispute – from pre-suit investigation, through the pleading process and discovery – is to position our client’s cause for ultimate success at trial.
  • Appellate Practice – Lawyers in the firm have successfully argued appeals in various state appellate courts, the United States Courts of Appeals across the country and in the United States Supreme Court.

Butler Rubin has a tremendous breadth of experience litigating complex business disputes. With more than 30 litigators and a sizable support staff of trained professionals, we have the depth to efficiently handle large, complex business disputes throughout the country. Among the many substantive areas in which we practice are:

  • Antitrust lawsuits
  • Civil racketeering (RICO) actions
  • Construction Litigation
  • Contract and UCC cases
  • Corporate and partnership disputes
  • Creditors’ Rights
  • Lanham Act, trademark, and unfair competition actions
  • Product liability and toxic tort cases
  • Professional liability litigation
  • Restrictive covenant and trade secret actions
  • Securities litigation
  • Shareholder derivative actions
  • Tortious interference, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and other business tort causes of action