Business Disputes

Civil Litigation

Commercial disputes can be disruptive, costly, stressful, and have significant impacts on business operations. Zuckerman Spaeder LLP manages complex commercial disputes and civil litigation to better serve our clients’ business objectives. Our lawyers represent Fortune 500 companies, multinational corporations, partnerships, individuals, and other parties whose business disputes have led to litigation in federal or state courts, to arbitration before the American Arbitration Association or other groups, or to mediations sponsored by retired judges or other neutral parties.

Because we are experienced litigators and familiar with how businesses operate, we are skilled at developing strategies for resolving problems in a way that not only achieves the best possible legal result but also minimizes the disruption to our clients’ businesses. Familiarity with the intricacies of court rules and discovery techniques, the ability to try cases when necessary, and sensitivity to the costs of the litigation process enable us to represent our clients in a strategic yet effective manner.

Experience Highlights

Zuckerman Spaeder attorneys have extensive firsthand experience with the intricacies of accounting principles, finance, complex transactions, and corporate issues, so that we have a head start in understanding our clients’ problems. Our attorneys have represented both defendants and plaintiffs in a wide range of disputes with competitors, government regulators, and other parties. Our litigation experience includes matters involving allegations of antitrust violations, fraud, misrepresentation, and breach of fiduciary duty. We have also litigated whistleblower claims, class actions, and matters involving corporate governance issues, the change of corporate control, and the interpretation of complex corporate agreements and transactions.

We are equally at home in a myriad of contract, partnership, and financial controversies ranging from disputes over whether a multibillion-dollar leveraged buyout (LBO) transaction rendered a company insolvent to whether  a settlement agreement resolving insurance coverage for billions of dollars of mass tort claims could be reopened when the liabilities proved to be much lower than expected. When companies have bankruptcy-related disputes, our substantial experience representing commercial debtors, creditors' committees, and litigation trusts positions us well to help you resolve those disputes.

Our civil litigation is national in scope, with our lawyers having brought and defended actions in federal and state courts across the country. Moreover, we are not restricted to the traditional courthouse environment; we also have extensive experience with the arbitration rules as the milieu often provides a superior, cost-effective forum for resolving controversies.