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Commercial Litigation, Insurance Defense and Personal Injury Litigation, and Mediation

We have substantial experience in a broad range of cases.  We prosecute and defend cases and matters before various federal, state and local courts and agencies, and other forums.  Our litigation emphasis is on business and commercial matters, contracts, commercial transactions, corporate and business organization matters, shareholder, partner and business owner matters, employment matters, business torts, securities matters, taxation, real estate matters, construction matters, foreclosures, lease matters, evictions, collection, loan and other workouts, bankruptcy and creditors rights matters, governmental regulatory matters, estate and probate matters, insurance defense, personal injury, wrongful death, and appellate representation.

Our litigation attorneys consult with our attorneys focused in other areas of practice to provide insight into the substantive law of the issues in dispute.  We endeavor to conduct all litigation on an expeditious and cost effective basis.

In view of the cost and unpredictability of litigation, we counsel our clients on litigation avoidance and on alternative methods of dispute resolution.  We are frequently able to mediate or arbitrate disputes in a manner less costly to our clients.  Our litigation attorneys also serve as mediators and arbitrators in various family law and commercial disputes.

Due to the level of experience of our attorneys, they are often brought in to pending cases to act as advisors and co-counsel.

Jim Burgess also serves as a mediator and arbitrator in both pre-dispute resolution situations and in pending cases.

Jim Burgess, John Colton and Mara LaPorta devote a substantial portion of their practices to this area of practice.  Don Harrell is often involved in the commercial, securities and tax litigation conducted by the firm.

Commercial, Business Organizations, Securities and Tax Law

Real Estate and Land Use Law

Estate Planning and Administration

Family Law