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Commercial Litigation

Lucas | Savitz represents clients in a broad scope of legal matters and disputes in all stages of business operations.

Transactional Matters & Litigation Due Diligence

We assist clients in corporate transactional matters by conducting a review of potential litigation exposure in an effort to minimize future legal battles and costly financial expense.  A variety of litigation issues – including pre-existing lawsuits, contract disputes, accounting irregularities, ineffective corporate compliance programs, and the transactional documents themselves – can expose corporate transactions to significant litigation liabilities.  While business deals are traditionally considered the province of corporate transactional lawyers, savvy businesses recognize that engaging litigation counsel in the deal-making process provides a prudent and cost-effective measure of protection.

Where litigation cannot be avoided pre-emptively, our attorneys are likewise experienced in representing clients in disputes arising from mergers, acquisitions, and other corporate transactions.

Operational Disputes

In a competitive business environment, companies large and small face litigation arising from their business operations.  These conflicts develop from a variety of sources:  competitors, partners, investors, vendors, contractors, customers, and clients.  In this regard, Lucas | Savitz represents companies as plaintiffs and defendants in business-critical disputes.  Our firm thoroughly prepares cases for trial, but we recognize when pre-suit or pre-trial resolution may serve the broader business and strategic objectives of our clients.

Internal Conflicts & Strategic Exits

Sometimes the most well-intentioned business plans and partnerships are not successful.  In such instances, we handle disputes that involve partnership and joint venture conflicts, corporate wrongdoing, issues of contention within closely-held corporations, and strategic exits.  While these business challenges can be uncomfortable for the parties involved, we assist clients in obtaining the best outcome that meets their goals.

Representative Matters:

Transactional Matters & Litigation Due Diligence

  • Conducting Office of Foreign Assets Control compliance review for multi-million dollar international corporate acquisition
  • Conducting litigation exposure review for business contemplating multi-million dollar merger and joint venture
  • Conducting Foreign Corrupt Practices Act due diligence for multinational corporate acquisition
  • Conducting internal investigation of possible accounting irregularities for company considering initial public offering
  • Representing a leading agricultural company in connection with a billion-dollar litigation arising out of a failed corporate merger with a leading biotechnology and pharmaceutical company

Operational Disputes

  • Defending Fortune 100 company in action by medical equipment distributor related to alleged distribution rights in Colombia
  • Defending international travel distributor against claim for injunctive relief arising from alleged breach of duplication, reverse engineering, and non-competition provisions in license agreement with technology provider
  • Representing Fortune 500 company, as plaintiff, in trademark infringement, defamation, tortious interference, and deceptive and unfair trade practices action arising from defendant’s operation of a website (“gripe site”) and use of associated domain names
  • Representing water transfer printing film, equipment, and training company in copyright enforcement matters concerning artwork
  • Representing companies, as co-counsel, in high-technology patent infringement lawsuits
  • Representing a mining company in a multi-million dollar international commercial dispute
  • Representing a major power company in litigation arising from alleged environmental pollution

Internal Conflicts & Strategic Exits

  • Representing business in multi-million dollar strategic exit emanating from internal partnership and business disputes
  • Representing various ownership and shareholder interests in internal disputes arising within joint ventures, limited liability companies, and closely-held corporations
  • Representing a major Wall Street investment bank in complying with a subpoena concerning its involvement in an alleged fraudulent corporate spin-off