Houston Commercial Lawyer
Representing Clients in Complex Commercial Litigation
If you are involved in a lawsuit related to your business interests, it is important for you to seek guidance from an experienced Houston commercial lawyer. An attorney can advise you on the best way to proceed in order to favorably resolve your dispute. Litigation — particularly when it pertains to commercial issues — can be quite complex and may involve a range of issues that you do not expect when faced with a lawsuit in the initial phases. As such, effective litigators must be capable of crafting a persuasive argument on your behalf while maintaining the flexibility necessary to adapt to changing circumstances.
At Berg Plummer Johnson & Raval, LLP, our attorneys have the requisite skillset to handle all of your commercial litigation issues. We are results-oriented litigators who have an impressive track record in both state and federal courts, as well as pre-trial settlement proceedings.
Effective Negotiation Requires Aggressive and Comprehensive Legal Advocacy
Generally, commercial litigation — and trial litigation — is best avoided, where possible. All litigation is associated with some level of uncertainty. For example, though you may have a strong claim for breach of contract, there may still be a 20 percent chance of the court finding in favor of the opposing party. Alternatively, the court may find in your favor, but the damage award may be less than ideal.
Resolving a dispute through negotiating a settlement has become commonplace (particularly in the commercial context), in large part because parties seek to minimize the inherent uncertainty of litigation. The defendant may prefer to pay out $100,000 rather than risk liability of $200,000 at the high-end. By resolving the dispute early, the defendant also avoids the expense, frustration and public perception problems associated with extensive litigation.
Our firm approaches litigation holistically — we are committed to aggressive, comprehensive and well-prepared legal representation. Because we are thoroughly prepared for the prospect of trial litigation from the very beginning of the process, we are better able to negotiate a favorable settlement early on in the process.
Opposing counsel, in general, understand that they must make reasonable settlement offers or forego the certainty of early negotiations. In the event that negotiations fall through and no reasonable settlement compromise is reached before trial, we are well-positioned to litigate effectively on your behalf. This preparedness gives us a significant competitive edge during litigation proceedings, before and during trial.
We Handle a Variety of Commercial Disputes
Any Houston commercial lawyer at Berg Plummer Johnson & Raval, LLP is well-prepared to handle a wide range of commercial disputes, including but not limited to lawsuits arising from:
- Fraudulent activities
- Intellectual property infringement
- Breach of contract
- Employment issues
- Unfair competition
- Shareholder disputes
- Compliance violations
- Bankruptcy and corporate restructuring
- Insurance coverage disputes
- And more
Our team of attorneys has end-to-end experience on transactional issues and disputes, giving us a unique advantage when it comes to evaluating disputes and executing an effective strategy for securing a resolution.
We work with numerous clients on structuring transactions, proactively complying with regulations, drafting contracts and negotiating deals with various commercial partners. As such, we are well-equipped to understand the factors giving rise to the dispute in the first place and how they might be resolved — whether through a settlement compromise or trial litigation.
Successful Litigation Requires a Favorable Damage Award or Injunctive Outcome
Winning your commercial dispute is not merely a matter of having the court find in your favor. If you are a plaintiff in a breach of contract lawsuit, for example, it is not enough that the court determine that the defendant is liable for damages. Success in the context of commercial litigation means that you must also obtain damages that sufficiently compensate you for your actual losses. In this respect, comprehensive advocacy is valuable — your Houston commercial lawyer must identify and procure the necessary evidence for making a persuasive damages claim. An attorney's duties do not end at “winning” the case and proving that the defendant is liable.
Available forms of compensation in a commercial dispute can vary quite substantially from case-to-case, depending on the circumstances. For example, in a trademark infringement case, you may be entitled to sue and obtain an injunction against the defendant for infringing your trademark (thus preventing them from continuing to use your trademark), whereas in a breach of contract case, you may be entitled to recover damages for actual losses, as well as lost profits.
Damages may include, but are not limited, to:
- Reliance damages
- Expectation damages
- Attorney’s fees
- Lost profits
- Liquidated damages
- Restitution damages
- Injunctive relief
- Punitive damages
- And more
Contact an Experienced Houston Commercial Lawyer for Further Assistance
Berg Plummer Johnson & Raval, LLP is committed to providing comprehensive, client-oriented legal advocacy. We, therefore, work with clients throughout the litigation process to ensure that they are kept fully informed of their case and how it is advancing (and potentially evolving). We also offer alternative fee structures that are designed to suit the needs of each client. We understand that our clients may approach litigation with different goals, expectations and limitations, so it’s important that attorney’s fees reflect this substantial variability.
We represent both plaintiffs and defendants, giving us a competitive edge during litigation, as our attorneys have extensive experience handling disputes from each perspective. Our unique strategic approach to litigation has earned us many successes over the years, and we have a consistent record of securing favorable settlements and verdicts on behalf of our plaintiff-clients, and dismissals on behalf of defendant-clients.