Jefferson County Business Disputes Attorney
Business Disputes and How We Can Help!
Business disputes often threaten to derail your company. Business contracts, sales and mergers, and other agreements are central to almost any business. Unfortunately, unresolved conflicts can undermine market share and raise the specter of dissolution.
At Call & Gentry Law Group, LLC, we help our business clients resolve their disputes so they can move on with what matters most—growing their business. We have deep experience in negotiation, alternative dispute resolution, and litigation. A legal dispute is as unique as your business, so we get to know your goals in detail ahead of time. Then our Jefferson County business disputes lawyers put a game plan into practice to accomplish those goals.
Our lawyers have stood at the front lines of all sorts of business disputes. If you need assistance, chances are we can help.
Real Estate Disputes
Most businesses need real estate. Our firm can help when disputes arise involving any of the following:
- Construction. Construction is riddled with legal disputes, including stop orders, permitting problems, and delays.
- Real estate purchase or sale. Business clients need to protect their interests in any real estate deal and plan for contingencies for when a deal goes south. Many disputes arise regarding undisclosed real estate defects, repairs, and financing issues.
- Commercial leases. Commercial leases are not written in a way that is favorable to a tenant. Disputes can arise regarding repairs to a common area or whether the landlord can rent to a competitor.
Our clients benefit from our experience with various employment-related business disputes, such as:
- Wrongful termination, such as an allegation you breached an employment contract when firing someone without cause.
- Non-compete agreements, including disputes over the scope and duration of these agreements.
- Confidentiality agreements, such as the use or exploitation of confidential trade information.
- Severance agreements for departing employees, including waivers of any legal claims against an employer.
For a business, an employment-related dispute threatens to undermine your reputation in the marketplace. Certain employment disputes garner media attention and, depending on how the case is handled, could impact recruiting and retention.
Litigation is rarely desirable. Nevertheless, it might be the only way to resolve a business dispute. We have helped clients with all sorts of complex commercial litigation, including:
- Construction disputes
- Trademark, trade name, or copyright infringement
- Deceptive trade practices
- Trade secret disputes
- Fraud or misrepresentation
- Interference with contract
- Product disparagement
- Class actions
Litigation threatens to consume a company’s entire budget. At Call & Gentry, we carefully review all alternatives to litigation and aim to keep costs low. Some helpful tactics include trying to move litigation from a distant state to Missouri for convenience.
Breach of Contract
Businesses use contracts for all sorts of reasons, such as buying goods and services or when selling their products. Contract breaches occur for a variety of reasons, including difficulty sourcing materials due to supply chain bottlenecks. Some parties breach a contract solely out of economic self-interest: a deal no longer works for them, so they bail out of it.
We have represented clients who wish to bring breach of contract claims. We can also defend you when the other side alleges you have broken your promise. Complicated issues arise in breach of contract cases, such as anticipatory breach and a full understanding of remedies, including liquidated damages or specific performance.
Most businesses have various insurance policies. Indeed, Missouri probably required you purchase a liability insurance policy before you could open your doors for business. Many disputes arise due to insurance claims, such as business interruption coverage or property damage claims after a hurricane, tornado, or other storm. Insurers are supposed to deal with their insureds in good faith. Sadly, that is lacking.
Our legal team can analyze your insurance dispute to identify your rights. We might even sue your insurer in certain situations for bad faith.
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Many business disputes contain agreements for how to resolve them. Contracts regularly include arbitration or mediation agreements. Alternative dispute resolution promises to reduce the time and expense of disputes. But you need attorneys who keep an eye on the bottom line. Arbitration, just like litigation, can spiral out of control and cost much more than you ever imagined.
We are prepared to represent business clients on any side of a business dispute, including arbitration. Where necessary, we might seek to avoid the enforcement of an arbitration agreement in court.
Shareholder, Member, and Partnership Disputes
Disputes involving the people who own or run a business pose a direct threat to its survival. Many difficulties arise, especially regarding confidentiality. Officers must be aware of when their personal interest departs from that of the entity they run.
We can assist with disputes involving:
- Buy-sell agreements
- Breach of fiduciary duties
- Securities litigation
- Partnership disputes
- Minority ownership rights
When a partner or officer leaves a company, they might take trade secrets or other proprietary information with them. Sometimes, disputes arise years later when our clients realize the former officer is using this information to their new company’s advantage.
Why You Should Choose Call & Gentry Law Group
Our lawyers have helped our business clients for over 20 years. Each member of our team pays close attention to the cost of litigation, realizing that many clients view this as a burden. However, when handled right, litigation can often increase the value of your company. Settling a trade infringement or breach of contract case can immediately improve your company’s prospects. Likewise, removing employment-related litigation can free up your ability to move forward.
Our client’s reputations matter, too. The mid-Missouri business community is small, and companies compete fiercely for talent. Don’t let the threat of a business dispute scare away potential talent from joining your company.
Contact a Jefferson County Business Dispute Attorney Today
You can meet with a lawyer at Call & Gentry to discuss your business and what litigation threats it faces. We leverage our experience in business law to your advantage, seeking cost savings where possible.
Give us a call to schedule a consultation at a convenient time.
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