Reliable California Business Law Attorney Fighting for Businesses in Orange County and Beyond
If you are facing business litigation issues such as a breach of contract, business fraud, trademark infringement, employment disputes, shareholder issues or other business disputes, it is critical to work with an experienced litigation attorney to ensure that your business receives thorough representation. Business law is complex. It requires someone with comprehensive legal knowledge.
Although the vast majority of business litigation cases do not go to trial, it is important to work with an attorney who demonstrates the resolve, preparation, and strength to properly represent your business in the courtroom. Stephen Shepard Attorney at Law will assess your needs and provide an objective strategy to reach your goals.
Commercial Contracts & Litigation
The best way to avoid a misunderstanding in any business dealing is to have experienced help on any legal agreement. Stephen Shepard Attorney at Law can protect you during the negotiation phase by representing your interests. This can prevent problems and disputes down the line. Our thorough knowledge of business law will assist you in drafting, interpreting and enforcing contracts.
Other types of business litigation include the following:
- Interference with an Existing Contract or Prospective Economic Advantage
- Collections Cases: Creditor vs. Debtor
- Unfair Business Practices
Our firm handles business litigation on an hourly fee basis plus costs incurred. An advance fee retainer is required before representation begins. When an advance fee retainer is used up, it must be replenished to the original amount. Our current hourly rate is $400 per hour.
Many contracts contain an “attorney’s fees” clause which entitles the prevailing party to recover their reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs.
A Trusted Business Partner
As a knowledgeable business litigation attorney who understands that every commercial dispute involves a unique set of risks and opportunities, attorney Stephen Shepard is dedicated to resolving business disputes between partners and shareholders. These disputes can be stressful and cause potential damage to a business. They require experienced guidance towards resolution. We can also help in areas of corporate governance, minority shareholder oppression, judicial dissolution, fraud and other areas. Our experience in the courtroom lends strength to any cause. By working together, we can create a partnership that will enable your business to thrive.
Time Is Of The Essence
Contract cases are subject to statutes of limitation which limit the amount of time between the date the contract is breached and the date by which a lawsuit must be filed. In contract cases, these deadlines vary depending upon the type of contract involved, for instance:
- Two Years: For Breach of a Verbal or Implied Contract or Agreement
- Three Years: For a Claim of Fraud
- Four Years: For a Breach of a Written Contract, For Breach of Warranty and For Book Accounts and Sales of Goods
It is important that we work together within a time frame that meets these statutes and allows us the time necessary to preserve important elements of the case.