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CommercialLitigation

"The commercial litigation team is extremely competent and responsive. I appreciate their overall professionalism and speed of response to emails and telephone inquiries as well as their extensive experience and knowledge of the subject matter." —Chambers USA client review

Overview

Throughout the United States, we represent public and private-sector companies that include multinational businesses, emerging companies, start-ups, governmental and quasi-governmental agencies, and not-for-profits in contested matters in federal and state courts, agencies, arbitration, and in other dispute-resolution settings such as mediation. Our commercial litigation team of over 70 experienced trial and appellate attorneys includes former judicial law clerks from trial and appellate courts in both the state and federal systems, former state and federal prosecutors, former regulatory agency counsel, and individuals with extensive backgrounds in business, politics, and public service.

Our mission is to bring strategic, results-driven, and cost-effective advice and service to our clients. We manage commercial disputes to avoid litigation where possible and vigorously protect our clients’ interests when adversarial proceedings are required. We use the latest litigation technologies and resources, and pride ourselves on proactive client communication, creating early and accurate case budgets, and on our deep understanding of the business-sector issues, interests, and needs of our clients.

Our commercial litigation clients come from diverse industries that include energy, finance, insurance, transportation, manufacturing, and more.

Our team counsels clients on matters that include:

  • Bank and credit union lender liability
  • Business contract disputes, including business formation, structuring, succession, securities, sales, mergers, acquisitions, and dissolutions
  • Contested commercial foreclosures
  • False Claims Act and whistleblower litigation
  • Insurance defense and re-insurance matters
  • Intellectual property and licensing
  • Joint venture and partnership disputes

Our Commercial Litigation Practice Area and its attorneys have been recognized as leaders in several litigation categories in Chambers USA, Super Lawyers, The Best Lawyers in America®, Buffalo Business First’s Legal Elite of Western New York, and other national and local publications and organizations.

Team Members
Representative Experience
  • Represented a municipal client whose competitor sued to invalidate a public-property lease the client had entered into with a for-profit enterprise on the basis of statutory and constitutional grounds. The firm cross-moved for judgment, sucessfully obtaining a denial of the competitor's motion with the court granting the client's cross-motion and dismissing the case.

  • Defended Oneida Indian Nation Police Department officers in an excessive-force lawsuit filed in federal court. Obtained complete dismissal of the case on summary judgment after discovery.

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