Complex Business Disputes


Representative Matters

Corporations, partnerships and individuals are increasingly embroiled in a wide variety of complex business disputes that:

  • Arise out of past or present business relationships, including claims for breach of contract, business fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and other business torts; or
  • Arise between business competitors, including statutory or common law claims for trademark infringement, trade secret theft, unfair competition and 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 in managing and resolving these complex business disputes often affects its bottom-line profitability.

We assist our clients in complex business disputes at each 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, and counsel our client on the risks and benefits of litigation or alternative courses of action.
  • Dispute Mediation – Parties often seek a resolution that will preserve their business relationship and avoid the expense associated with full-scale litigation. We identify those disputes that are amenable to early mediation or creative solutions through arbitration.
  • Litigation of Disputes – Butler Rubin attorneys litigate a broad range of complex business disputes in a truly nationwide practice. We 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. At every stage of the dispute – from pre-suit investigation, through the pleading process and discovery – our focus is on positioning our client’s cause for ultimate success at trial.
  • Appellate Practice – We have successfully argued appeals in various state appellate courts, the United States Courts of Appeals across the country and the United States Supreme Court.

Butler Rubin has the depth and bench strength to efficiently handle large, complex business disputes throughout the country, including:

  • Antitrust lawsuits
  • Civil racketeering (RICO) actions
  • Construction Litigation
  • Contract and UCC cases
  • Corporate and partnership disputes
  • Creditors’ Rights
  • Defense of Directors and Officers
  • 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