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Business Disputes

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Helping clients resolve their business disputes is a core part of what our trial lawyers have been doing for decades.

Our collective, primary strength is handling business disputes in their various forms. Business disputes fundamentally involve claims by one business against another. The claims asserted matter. The remedies sought matter. Available damages and collectability matter. We help you understand and analyze these and other factors that will inform how you prosecute and defend disputed matters. We have gathered our areas of practice to help you in these cases.

We handle many different types of business disputes, including the following by way of illustration:

  • Breach of contract
  • Fraud or misrepresentation
  • Tortious interference with existing contracts or clients
  • Tortious interference with future business expectancies
  • Covenants not to compete or solicit (“non-competes” or “restrictive covenants”)
  • Trade secrets
  • Director and officer liability to shareholders, including fraud in the management of the business
  • Professional negligence
  • Trademark or “trade dress” claims against competitors

Some of these types of cases present unique challenges and considerations and require knowledge and experience specific to the type of dispute. We have developed that knowledge over the course of two or three decades and look forward to deploying it for you.

Representative examples

  • Won summary judgment for a Fortune 100 food company defending an $18 million trademark-rights and fraud claim (affirmed by Eighth Circuit)
  • Defeated fraud and breach-of-contract claims, and prevailed on counterclaim, in an Ohio arbitration on behalf of a Fortune 150 client
  • Obtained defense verdict in case where the plaintiffs sought damages in excess of $100,000,000 against Fortune 200 client
  • Won summary judgment representing former officers of corporation on the basis that the claims were barred by the business-judgment rule (affirmed by Minnesota Court of Appeals)
  • Obtained defense verdict in arbitration of commercial real-estate dispute where plaintiff sought in excess of $5,000,000 in damages