AGGRESSIVE AND TACTICAL ADVOCACY
Through careful drafting, practical advice, and business-like negotiation, we try hard to keep our clients out of disputes. After all, litigation is expensive, distracting, and full of uncertainty. Nevertheless, some conflicts are unavoidable. With decades of experience in the state and federal courts in Connecticut, our litigation team is well prepared to handle even the most complex disputes.
To help clients most effectively, we bring several skills to bear. We listen carefully in order to understand our client’s objectives. We research the law thoroughly to make certain the court will apply the proper legal principles. We pay close attention to the details giving rise to the dispute, whether found in documents, in the field, or in the materials we obtain from our adversaries. And, as with a chess match, we analyze and re-analyze our strategy of the case at every step.
Because of the cost and risk of litigation, we remain alert to every opportunity to achieve a favorable resolution. We open the lines of communication early. We take advantage of mediation and arbitration, when appropriate. We focus on careful analysis and the “bottom line,” trying to keep emotional influences at bay. We use our experience in similar cases to give our clients—and their adversaries—a realistic view of what a court is likely to do.
If our efforts are successful, our clients achieve settlements that are often superior, and always less expensive, than the outcomes they might obtain in court. Although most cases do settle, some cases inevitably go to trial. We have extensive experience in conducting trials and appeals, so, when it is in the client’s best interest to do so, we are always prepared to present our client’s case to a judge or jury.
Litigation is a very broad field, so we focus on those practice areas in which we have the most experience. Each of our practice areas contributes significantly to our dispute resolution work:
- Disputes among business owners
- Derivative actions
- Breaches of commercial contracts
- Arbitration of securities investment claims
- Unfair competition
- Franchise claims
- Enforcement of non-compete and non-disclosure agreements
- Tortious interference with contract rights
- Wrongful termination
- Severance disputes
- Expungement proceedings for registered representatives
REAL ESTATE LITIGATION
- Adverse possession claims
- Boundary disputes
- Appeals of decisions of land-use agencies
- Commercial evictions
- Condominium association litigation
- Construction claims
- Mechanics liens
- Surety bond claims
- Breaches of real estate contracts
- Appeals of property tax assessments
- Foreclosures of mortgages and liens
- Will contests
- Challenges to property distribution
- Breach of fiduciary duty
- Removal of trustees or executors
- Financial elder abuse
- Undue influence
Ultimately, we understand that litigation is a tool for dispute resolution and not an end in itself.