Business Litigation and Commercial Lawsuits
At Buffington Law Firm, our Orange County business trial attorneys are experienced at handling the full spectrum of business and commercial disputes including breach of contract matters, real estate disputes, unfair competition, business fraud, and employment disputes. We are, first and foremost, commercial trial attorneys.
In business litigation you need an experienced business trial attorney. If you or your company has been served with summons and complaint relating to a business lawsuit, or if you are faced with some type of business lawsuit or dispute, you can telephone us and arrange for a prompt, in-person free legal consultation with one of our experienced Orange County business litigation trial attorneys. You can contact our office at 714-450-6568. We always return telephone calls and our office is fully staffed during business hours so you can quickly speak to an experienced trial attorney. We know that when you have a business lawsuit on your hands, or need to bring one, that you want to talk to a skilled business trial lawyer quickly.
In California, the odds that a corporation, partnership, or LLC will be served with a lawsuit sometime during its existence are very high. When this happens, a company needs to retain a skilled business dispute trial lawyer. Many corporations or individuals have a relationship with a lawyer who helps them draft contracts or performs similar work. However, when faced with a lawsuit, a company needs an actual business litigator – a lawyer and law firm whose focus is handling business lawsuits and disputes. This is a different skill set from putting together business deals and ventures, or drafting contracts.
At Buffington Law Firm our sole focus is handling business litigation, real estate, and certain related types of disputes. Put simply, we are business trial lawyers and our purpose is to help companies and individuals who either need to assert a business claim in court, or aggressively defend against one. Our experienced business litigation trial attorneys have successfully handled many types of claims including breach of contract claims, real estate disputes, business fraud, investment fraud, and labor and employment disputes.
Two members of our staff have Master of Business Administration degrees and Roger J. Buffington, the firm’s Managing Attorney, is also a licensed Certified Public Accountant with the State of California and he has a broad background in business. Our Firm’s financial expertise gives us a unique ability to analyze and solve your business or commercial dispute.
Our experienced business litigation attorneys are prepared to take your case to trial while also examining other means of Alternative Dispute Resolution. One of the most common questions that our clients ask us is about the likelihood of their case actually going to trial. Naturally, every case is different. At Buffington Law Firm, we believe that the best way to resolve a case is to aggressively prepare for trial. Our experienced business litigation attorneys have found that when the opposition sees that we are vigorously preparing for trial this often causes the other side to want to explore settlement or some means of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). This can result in an excellent outcome for your case at a fraction of the cost that going to trial would entail. However, we are always prepared to take your business dispute to trial if that is what is best for you.
There are two main forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution – Mediation and Arbitration.
What is Mediation?
Mediation is a form of litigation in which is less formal that Arbitration or Trial. The two (or more) sides to the dispute in effect argue their case to a neutral third party mediator, usually a retired Judge or a very experienced neutral attorney. The mediator’s task is to try to persuade the various sides to the business, real estate, or other commercial lawsuit to reach a voluntary agreement and settlement of the case. The unique thing about Mediation is that any outcome to your business lawsuit is voluntary – the Mediator cannot force anyone to do anything. The Mediator’s job is to analyze the lawsuit and help bring the parties to resolution. Just as in all circumstances involving business, commercial, and similar disputes, for Mediation to work effectively you need a skilled and experienced business litigation attorney to represent you in the Mediation forum.
Despite its informal nature, Mediation is a form of litigation that requires skill and preparation, and it can be a very effective way to settle your business dispute. A skilled business litigation attorney can often bring your case before the Mediator and obtain an excellent outcome for your case.
Mediation has two advantages, the first of which is cost. Typically a business dispute that settles in Mediation will have entailed much lower legal costs than one that goes all the way to trial. Mediation can be an excellent way to achieve a cost-effective solution to a breach of contract, real estate, or other commercial claim.
The second advantage to Mediation is that it enables you to control the outcome of your business dispute. In a trial or arbitration, both sides make their case and then the controversy is decided by either a Judge (for bench trials and arbitrations) or a jury. Put simply, these are strangers who may, or may not, see the case in the same way that one or the other of the litigants sees it. In a trial one side is going to lose. A successful Mediation allows you to enter into an agreement concerning your lawsuit that you have approved.
What is Arbitration?
Arbitration is essentially a form of trial that takes place before a neutral, professional arbitrator outside of court. Although it is considered a form of “Alternative Dispute Resolution” Arbitration is not at all like Mediation in most respects. Arbitration involves a for-hire neutral Arbitrator, who, as in Mediation, is almost always a retired Judge or a very experienced attorney. Unlike Mediation, the Arbitrator will decide your business litigation dispute and issue a ruling. The pros and cons of Arbitration are complex, and beyond the scope of this brief article. Our experienced business litigation trial attorneys can advise you concerning Arbitration, whether it is feasible, and if so whether it is to your advantage to take your business dispute to Arbitration.
Speak to one of our business litigation trial lawyers today!
If you need to bring a lawsuit, or defend yourself or your business against one, you need to retain a lawyer with a strong background in business litigation. Which lawyer you choose is one of the most important decisions that you will make in handling your business, real estate, or commercial lawsuit. At Buffington Law Firm we are respectful of your need to make an informed decision as to which business litigation firm is right for you. For this reason we always offer a free, no-obligation free legal consultation with a qualified and experienced business litigation trial attorney. In this meeting we will listen to you, help evaluate your case, and let you make your decision with no cost or obligation to you. Call us at 714-450-6568 and talk to us today!