Business Dispute Litigation & Contract Enforcement
The attorneys of Dressler | Peters represent and counsel businesses in disputes among shareholders and members, as well as in litigation involving third parties. We handle disputes between partners, business entities and the holders of their equity and debt securities, as well as conflicts between business entities and their own officers, directors and professional advisors. Litigating business disputes involves several complex areas of law which include a variety of contractual and tort claims such as breach of contract, fraud, tortious interference with contract and breach of fiduciary duty.
Often we are called upon to identify what factors triggered a company’s failure, including misappropriation of corporate funds and usurping business opportunities and trade secrets, as well as intentional, reckless or negligent breaches of contractual and fiduciary duties. These types of actions often include claims by minority shareholders or limited partners who allege that officers, directors or general partners have exploited their positions of trust for their own self-interest. Relying upon our collective business experience, the attorneys of Dressler | Peters pursue both business and litigation strategies for our clients, whether through a buyout of minority ownership interests for fair value, or by court enforced dissolutions.
Our clients rely upon our counsel to guide them through the labyrinth of legal issues businesses face when disputes arise in areas involving such issues as:
- Employment agreements
- Separation agreements
- Eviction (forcible entry and detainer)
- Insurance contracts
- Non-compete agreements
- Limited liability company operating agreements
- Corporate bylaws
- Audit compliance
- Dissolutions (“corporate divorces”)
- Limited liability company disputes between members
- Corporate shareholder derivative actions
- Fraud and breach of fiduciary duty
- Tortious interference with contractual relationships
Dressler | Peters aggressively litigates cases involving the enforcement of contracts throughout the United States. We approach obtaining judgment as only the first step to the ultimate goal of obtaining a recovery for the client. Thus, post-judgment collection is diligently & very aggressively pursued, including following defendants to other states, putting liens on real estate and Sheriff ’s sales of real estate, executing on personal assets, conducting asset searches and asset depositions, garnishing bank accounts, and filing and litigating estate claims and wage garnishments. Effective enforcement of judgments is a skill. It requires experience, attention to detail, common sense and perseverance, as well as the ability to act quickly when an asset is located. Dressler | Peters is experienced in developing alternative collection strategies, as well as evaluating the likelihood of success and costs.