What Does a Business Litigator Do?
A business litigator is an attorney who largely focuses on legal matters that may involve lawsuits and court time. These can be legal issues of varying sizes, and they can represent either the plaintiff (the person or entity bringing a case to court) or the defendant (the person or entity being sued).
Where Do Business Litigators Work?
Business litigators work in a variety of organizations. For larger corporations, they may work as part of the in-house counsel, with that corporation as their only client. They may work for an independent legal firm that represents a number of companies.
What Services Do Business Litigators Provide?
There are a number of services business litigators provide, and in some cases, a litigator may specialize in specific services. For example, a major business litigation sector is class action suits. These involve situations where a company’s product or service is being sued by a number of people claiming damage from that product or service. This type of litigation can last for years and is complex. Contract negotiations that have derailed or conflicts arising from contracts in place are common services. They may enforce non-compete agreements. Intellectual property, trademark and patents, and trade secrets may need defense. They may work on cases involving the company’s reputation, such as claims of fraud or misrepresentation or issues involving defamation. Litigators also work on human resource issues, especially involving disgruntled current or previous employees. Taxation and business partnership issues are all part of business litigation services. For companies that are public, a business litigator might work on issues facing business and shareholder disputes.
Does Litigation Usually Mean Going to Court?
Litigation doesn’t always end up in a courtroom. Often cases are settled without being heard before a judge. In these cases, the litigator can help negotiate the settlement, working in the best interests of the client. Other times, the conflicted parties will bring in a neutral third-party mediator. The litigator can still advise the client through mediation, keeping the client apprised of their rights and monitoring the creation of the settlement to make sure it’s legally binding. Many contracts have an arbitration clause, which forbids each side from litigating. Instead, they enter arbitration, where an arbitrator hears both sides and comes to a decision about the outcome. The litigator then presents the client’s side of the dispute, laying out the case much as they would in a courtroom.
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If your business is facing litigation from another source or needs to litigate something, our legal team is here to help. Call us at 317-663-9190 to speak with one of our business litigators.