Our Firm’s attorneys offer a breadth and depth of litigation and counseling experience in these areas:
Civil litigation and trial practice
The Firm specializes in all phases of civil litigation on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants. Our attorneys have a broad range of experience in handling cases including Commercial Litigation, Employment Litigation and Counseling, Environmental Litigation, Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Litigation, Real Estate Litigation and Intellectual Party Litigation. Our attorneys are skilled trial and appellate advocates.
general liability defense litigation
Our attorneys have extensive experience in defending businesses, property owners and individuals in various types of tort and negligence actions. In addition, our Firm is also frequently retained as Cumis counsel on behalf of insureds in order to provide them with independent advice and representation.
real estate litigation
Our attorneys represent individuals and businesses in real estate litigation of all kinds. Our attorneys have extensive experience handling disputes involving commercial and residential leases, fraud and non-disclosure, ADA compliance, boundary issues, broker disputes and homeowners’ association disputes.
premises liability litigation
Premises Liability cases occur when a property owner, or another person in control of a commercial or residential property, fails to keep the premises in a safe condition, and, as a result, causes personal injury. Our attorneys have successfully represented both property owners and injured parties in Premises Liability Litigation.
Toxic Tort Litigation
Toxic Tort cases are personal injury matters involving exposure to a chemical or toxin that causes personal injury or health problems. Our Toxic Tort practice is a corollary to our Environmental Litigation practice, and our Firm has a proven track record of defending such actions. From the defense of claims based on exposure to asbestos, to claims based on chemical exposure, our Firm's highly skilled and dedicated attorneys have the legal and technical expertise to successfully resolve such cases.
Commercial litigation is a general term that applies to any type of litigation or controversy related to business issues. Commercial transactions and business relationships can, and often do, go bad and turn into disputes, resulting in costly litigation. Unable to resolve the dispute through negotiations or discussions between the parties, one party may find that litigation is the only way to end the matter. Unfortunately, litigation is often a fact of modern business life. This type of litigation can range from a contract dispute to employment issues and every type of business-related transaction in between. When you are faced with commercial litigation issues, you need the assistance of an experienced commercial litigation attorney.
insurance coverage and bad faith litigation
Every contract contains what is called an "implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing," where neither party will do anything to injure the right of the other to receive the benefits of the agreement. This means that when you file a legitimate insurance claim your insurance company cannot unreasonably, or without proper cause, withhold the benefits due you under your insurance policy. If your insurance company denies or delays paying a claim unreasonably or without proper cause, then it has acted in "bad faith." Bad faith applies to just about every type of insurance policy, including commercial general liability insurance, director’s and officer’s liability insurance, automobile insurance, commercial insurance, health insurance, life insurance and property insurance.
If an insurance company breaks this law, the policyholder can collect more than what is contractually owed under the policy. In addition to the insurance policy benefits, the policyholder can collect all damages caused by the unreasonable denial of benefits or unreasonable delay in processing the claim, including such damages as emotional distress, economic losses and attorney fees.
If the insurance company acts in an outrageous or malicious manner, then punitive damages can also be awarded by a jury.
Environmental Litigation involves claims for injured persons and property damage caused by the discharge of toxins from companies. The Firm’s Environmental Litigation practice includes remediation and cost recovery litigation under the "Superfund" law and its state equivalents; regulatory compliance and criminal matters under local, state and federal environmental regulations and laws; and environmental insurance coverage litigation. Our environmental lawyers have represented clients in these actions with outstanding results.
intellectual property litigation
Intellectual property litigation can be very complex. Whether the subject is software or other licensing rights, trademark issues, or copyright violations, when litigation arises out of intellectual property, you need an experienced intellectual property litigation lawyer advocating on your behalf.
The goal of our Firm is to help clients avoid Employment Litigation. But when there is no other course, we represent employers with experience and expertise. We represent a diverse range of clients - from Fortune 500 companies to locally-based businesses. And the types of employment matters in which we represent these clients is equally diverse - from the defense of class actions, to representation before the California Labor Board, and everything in between. In all instances, our Firm's attorneys bring the experience and skill necessary to achieve our clients' desired results.