Business Litigation

Litigation has become a cost of doing business in today’s litigious environment.

But at Zuckerman Spaeder, we are committed to making sure you get value for your litigation costs.

This means being smart about when and where to litigate. It means being rigorous and creative in analyzing complex legal disputes. It means being prepared, so there are no surprises. And most of all, it means being strategic in identifying and pursuing your business goals.

Zuckerman Spaeder handles a broad array of complex commercial disputes, nationally and internationally, including “bet-the-company” lawsuits, private securities and shareholder derivative actions, insurance coverage litigation, professional malpractice claims, antitrust litigation, and class actions, among others.

We are courtroom lawyers who try civil cases in federal and state courts and in arbitrations. But litigation is a means, not an end, to achieve our clients’ business objectives. We focus on developing strategies and tactics that reflect what you, our client, hope to achieve.

Civil litigation can be costly. We work with every client to define case-specific objectives that allow each matter to be pursued consistent with the client’s goals and resources. We’re also comfortable considering alternatives to the traditional hourly model for legal fees.

"Outstanding litigation boutique, demonstrating excellence in both individual and company representations."Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business

Contract disputes

Contracts are the centerpiece of commercial activity, and often the most complex and high-stakes business disputes turn on the interpretation of contracts. We represent a broad range of institutional clients in enforcing contractual rights, defending against allegations of breach, and in many cases, both.  

Whether enforcing a contract on behalf of a multinational corporate client or extricating a client from a contract that threatens its success, we effectively protect our clients’ contractual interests. At the outset, we evaluate each dispute and advise our clients on the risks and cost of litigation, as well as on available alternatives. We always make sure our approach matches our clients’ goals and concerns.

Creditors’ rights and bankruptcy

When creditors’ claims are not satisfied during the course of bankruptcy proceedings, we have successfully pursued litigation to vindicate creditors’ rights. We have acted as special litigation counsel to creditors' committee and litigation trusts and have represented creditors, bankruptcy trustees, and equity holders in adversary suits and other proceedings before the bankruptcy court. 

Our attorneys take a solution-oriented approach designed to maximize returns and recoveries for our clients, while minimizing the disruption caused by litigation so that clients can focus on their businesses and their lives.

Regulatory enforcement

In this ever more complicated regulatory environment, companies and their employees must be vigilant about compliance and respond quickly and appropriately when regulators take action.

Our attorneys represent clients in investigations and enforcement actions conducted by many federal agencies, including the SEC, IRS, FDA, and Departments of Justice, State, Treasury, Labor, Homeland Security, and Commerce. We also have significant experience in matters against key state agencies, including State Attorneys General and securities and insurance regulators. We understand the interplay between civil, administrative and white collar criminal investigations and proceedings, and when our clients face parallel regulatory and criminal investigations, we carefully balance all their interests. 


Whether defending against allegations of anticompetitive conduct in civil, criminal, or regulatory proceedings, or bringing civil antitrust claims in federal or state courts on behalf of class members and companies, the stakes can be make-or-break in antitrust litigation. Success requires legal counsel that understands your industry, knows the law, and has the trial skills to make your case.  

Antitrust matters play to our firm’s core strength—the ability to develop and present compelling narratives based on complex fact patterns and legal concepts. At trial, on appeal, in settlement discussions, or in response to civil or criminal investigations, this ability can give our clients the best chance at success.


We have built an insurance practice focused on helping shift the balance of power between health care providers and insurers. Our attorneys have successfully pursued groundbreaking cases that have expanded provider rights, delivered substantial monetary wins, and forced insurers to reform their practices. By way of example, our team has led the charge in establishing parity in mental health coverage. Recently, two leading doctors of psychiatry reported to The American Psychiatric Association (APA) that our case Wit v. UBH “represents the most successful effort to date to hold insurers accountable for actions that result in unequal coverage for mental and substance use disorders.”

More broadly, we also represent both policyholders and domestic and international insurers in a wide variety of other insurance coverage disputes, including disputes under directors and officers, general liability, professional liability, property, and reinsurance policies.

Corporate governance

We advise public and private corporations, boards of directors and board committees, and individuals in litigation and investigations concerning corporate governance. We assist corporate clients in responding to shareholder demands—including establishing and interacting with special litigation and other board committees investigating them—and officers and directors whose conduct is the subject of shareholder demands and internal investigations. 

We also advise organizational and individual clients concerning their own fiduciary obligations and the fiduciary obligations of others, both prospectively—in order to avoid costly litigation—and retrospectively—in responding to allegations of wrongdoing.

Real estate

We work closely with real estate developers, investors, financiers, and other clients to address disputes that arise from their real estate assets. Our clients range in size and financial strength from start-up and entrepreneurial ventures to more established players in the real estate industry. 

We represent clients in disputes concerning a broad range of real estate activities, including the purchase, financing, leasing, and management of real estate, among others. We are accomplished and comfortable in litigation and in arbitration, but we understand the benefit of achieving our clients’ goals through settlement and identify opportunities to do so as early as possible in our work for real estate clients.


Meet the team
Leila Bijan

Leila Bijan


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Dwight P. Bostwick

Firm Chairman and Partner

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Jay T. Cohen

Staff Attorney/Baseball Specialist

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Scott A. Hanna

Staff Attorney

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Melody L. Harness

Staff Attorney

Melinda Harris

Melinda Harris

Staff Attorney

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Robert E. Jaffe

Staff Attorney

Lisa Kilbride

Lisa M. Kilbride

Staff Attorney

Bryan Reines

Bryan Reines


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Kurt M. Reiser

Staff Attorney

Aiza H. Siddiqi_listing

Aiza H. Siddiqi

Staff Attorney

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Cy Smith


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David Wong

Staff Attorney