Our team of litigation attorneys have extensive experience handling a broad range of complex business-related matters. The outcome of any type of commercial litigation depends on an experienced, knowledgeable and creative lawyer as well as one who enjoys a reputation of hard work, reliability and integrity. We implement those necessary traits and use our experience to represent clients in business disputes to bring them to a successful conclusion.
Our litigation attorneys are known for exercising aggressive advocacy, sound judgment and exceptional client responsiveness our cases, whether they are “bet-the-company” cases or more discrete matters. Listening, understanding and believing in the goals of our clients are our guideposts in delivering results at the courthouse.
Commercial litigation comes in many forms and sizes and involves almost every type of dispute that can arise in the business context, including breach of contract cases, business ownership disputes, real estate matters, consumer class actions, employment-related claims, business torts, debt collections, breach of fiduciary obligations, intellectual property disputes, and shareholder rights. Our commercial litigators are able to assess the merits of a dispute and determine either a prosecution or defense that fits the legal and business needs of the client.
We know that a business operates for profit and litigation is rarely a source of profit. Because of this, some business disputes demand realistic and prompt resolution, minimizing loss or damage to the business and those that operate it. Our goal is simple: be prepared to aggressively litigate on your behalf, but if a reasonable and acceptable solution is available, to resolve your dispute as quickly and inexpensively as possible so you can get back to business and enjoy positive pursuits. When trial is necessary, our litigation attorneys will vigorously pursue your claim or defense.
Commercial litigation occurs in various venues, from state and federal courts to private arbitrations and administrative hearings. Proceedings can involve business-to-business disputes, claims of consumers or employees, or disputes with any number of government agencies. Understanding the motivations and outlook of each party is important for determining weak points to exploit and strong points that will persuade a court. We are able to develop and implement a creative legal approach to each individual problem, efficiently focus on the key legal and factual issues, and master and manage the various aspects of these complex matters that businesses will increasingly face in the years to come.
One of the most common business-related disputes involves a party that breaches the terms of a contract. Well-drafted contracts are what keep businesses functioning, and typically, profitable. Most contracts spell out the parties’ obligations, compensation to be paid or received, conditions under which a contract is in force and even sometimes provisions for resolving disputes. Unfortunately, even the most carefully drafted contract can become the subject of litigation if one party simply refuses to abide by a contract provision, or if there is an unforeseen or unique circumstance that leads to a disagreement about the meaning of the contract’s language.
The commercial litigation attorneys at McDaniel Wolff have extensive experience handling complex contractual disputes before judges, juries, arbitrators, and mediators throughout Arkansas and beyond. Our team will review the contract at issue, analyze potential liabilities, and advise you on potential avenues of recovery.
If your business has suffered due to a breach of contract, or if your business is facing a contract-related claim, please call or email one of our commercial litigation attorneys to see how we can help.
The number of employment class actions, representative actions, and Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) collective actions has exploded in Arkansas over the past decade and shows no sign of slowing. While a handful of recent Supreme Court cases have made modest inroads for employers, many lower courts remain supportive of employment class action litigants and may view the process as necessary to constrain employer conduct. At the same time, the plaintiffs’ bar is continuing to develop counter-strategies designed to increase employer costs and to provide itself with settlement leverage.
The team of commercial litigation attorneys at McDaniel Wolff understand that compliance with labor and employment laws can be difficult for businesses of any size and can cause serious financial exposure for the unwary. We are well-versed in employment law and frequently defend public and private institutions against claims relating to any of the following:
If your business is facing an employment-related claim or lawsuit, please call or email one of our commercial litigation attorneys to see how we can help.
Arkansas law recognizes a wide variety of business torts which provide remedies to businesses even when a contract does not pertain to the situation. Also known as an economic tort, a business tort refers to a wrongful action taken against a business intending to cause it harm. These specific types of torts may result in lost profits, negatively affected reputation, loss of competitive advantage, and loss of market share, among other issues. Business torts can be committed intentionally by a competing business or they can be the result of negligent behavior by individuals or other companies.
Business-related torts recognized in Arkansas include:
Business torts can cause serious harm to the reputation of a company, as well as its day-to-day practices. The experienced commercial litigation attorneys at McDaniel Wolff can help ensure your business is protected when the unexpected happens. We know that business litigation requires strategic and effective legal strategies in order to hold the responsible parties accountable.
If your business has suffered due to a business tort caused by another company or individual, or if a business tort claim has been alleged against your business, please call or email one of our commercial litigation attorneys to see how we can help.
When you loan funds or provide goods and services to other people or businesses, it is expected that you receive the full payment you are owed. While many parties make the payments expected from them, not all fulfill this obligation, causing you and your company frustrating financial loss. Fortunately, there are ways in which you can pursue the payment that you are owed by other parties, preventing you from suffering long-term financial harm.
The litigation attorneys at McDaniel Wolff are proud to serve numerous Arkansas financial institutions and other businesses with their collection needs. Our team has the experience and knowledge necessary to help businesses obtain the money they are owed in a cost-efficient manner in order to minimize financial loss.
If your business needs assistance with collecting a debt, please call or email one of our commercial litigation attorneys to see how we can help.
Disputes can often arise in the administration of a trust or a probate estate, especially when there are substantial amounts of money involved or when family conflict is present. These disputes can arise between beneficiaries, between a trustee or other fiduciary and beneficiaries, or come from third parties.
The litigation attorneys at McDaniel Wolff represent corporate, institutional and individual clients in disputes related to wills, trusts, estates and fiduciary issues. Our extensive estate planning and probate practices enables our firm to provide comprehensive litigation services in any estate or trust-related dispute.
Our litigation attorneys represent clients in matters related to breaches of fiduciary duty, including improper asset management, self-dealing, conflicts of interest, and improper administration and distributions, as well as accounting disputes, petitions for court instructions, reformation of instruments and removal of fiduciaries, contests on the grounds of undue influence, lack of capacity, fraud, duress and forgery, and claims involving business succession matters.
Our full-service approach enables our litigation attorneys to draw upon the breadth of substantive knowledge within our firm, to advise on special aspects of a given dispute, including tax, intellectual property, real estate and corporate law. Whether it is probate or civil court, including appeals, our clients benefit from our decades of experience in handling trust and estate litigation matters, in and out of the courtroom.
If you need assistance with an estate or trust litigation matter, please call or email one of our litigation attorneys to see how we can help.