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Litigation

Our litigators are well prepared to protect the rights of our clients, whether it involves defending a claim against a client or prosecuting a claim on behalf of a client.  We have experience handling a wide breadth of complex commercial and employment-related litigation in federal and state courts throughout the country, in addition to the many disputes we have resolved in alternative forums such as arbitration and mediation.  Specific practice areas where our litigators represent clients are discussed below.

Sub Specialities

  • Appellate Representation
  • Our litigators have extensive experience representing clients in appellate matters encompassing a broad range of areas and disciplines in both state and federal courts. Our litigators often appear before the Pennsylvania Superior Court, Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, Pennsylvania Supreme Court, other state appellate courts, the U.S. Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court of the United States and various administrative tribunals at the state and federal level.

     

  • Banking and Lender Liability
  • Our litigators have substantial experience in matters pertaining to financial institution operations, mortgage and lending issues arising in a variety of commercial contexts, and related state and federal regulatory issues. Our extensive banking and lender liability experience, combined with our savvy litigation skills, has assisted us in effectively and successfully bringing and defending actions on behalf of numerous commercial banks, mortgage lenders, and other financial institutions and their customers.

  • Construction, Real Estate, and Land Use Litigation
  • Our litigators are experienced in all aspects of construction, real estate, and land use litigation, and have assisted owners, developers, government agencies, and other industry clients in resolving disputes involving the following:

    • Zoning and development;
    • Easement and boundary disputes;
    • Building and construction contracts;
    • Construction defects;
    • Purchase and sale transactions;
    • Breach of lease/lease options;
    • Right of first refusal;
    • Specific performance disputes;
    • Title and ownership disputes;
    • Tax appeals;
    • Environmental contamination/nondisclosure;
    • Eminent domain and condemnation matters; and
    • Mechanic’s liens.
  • Contract Disputes and Business Torts
  • We recognize that when a company is involved in a business dispute, it can have a significant impact on the company’s ability to effectively run its day-to-day operations. When a business dispute arises, our litigators serve as advisors and zealous advocates in order to determine the best way to meet the client’s needs and goals in the most cost-effective way.

     

  • Employment and Erisa Litigation
  • Employee lawsuits are a part of today’s business world.  When a client faces a lawsuit from a current or former employee, our lawyers are ready to protect the client’s interests.

    The Firm’s attorneys are experienced in defending clients against all types of employee claims, including the following discrimination claims:

    • Sexual harassment;
    • Gender discrimination;
    • Racial discrimination;
    • Age discrimination; and
    • Disability discrimination.

     

    Our lawyers have defended clients against these types of claims before administrative agencies, such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, and the Philadelphia Commission of Human Relations, as well as in state and federal court.

     

  • Environment Litigation
  • We advise business clients and insurers on pollution and other environmental claims, and have extensive experience litigating claims under federal and state statutes in clean-up cases, either defending against liability and allocation among defendants, or seeking reimbursement for recovery costs from responsible parties.  Our attorneys provide an analysis of coverage issues and advise our clients as to the scope and effect of pollution exclusion provisions in general liability policies.

  • Insurance Coverage
  • Our national Insurance Coverage Practice advises clients and litigates complex commercial coverage issues.  We provide contract interpretation and coverage opinions, and litigate coverage disputes in all areas including: commercial general liability; property and casualty; environmental risk; employment practices; cyber risk; life, health and disability; directors and officers; professional liability; errors and omissions; contractual indemnity; and bad faith claims. This practice also encompasses litigation in insurance insolvency and bankruptcy proceedings.

  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • We represent companies across industries in copyright, trademark, trade secret, outsourcing, computer, technology, software, restrictive covenant, and franchise law, in addition to other intellectual property disputes. Our lawyers have significant experience in assisting our clients protect and develop the full value of their intellectual property by prosecuting and defending copyright and trademark infringement cases, unfair competition actions, Internet and technology disputes, franchise disputes, false advertising claims, litigation concerning trade secrets and restrictive covenants, and other claims relating to intellectual property.

  • Probate Litigation
  • We represent clients in a broad range of will contests, including claims of undue influence and breach of fiduciary duties, as well as with issues regarding guardianships, conservatorships, and personal representative disputes.

  • Products Liability
  • We represent a broad range of clients in products liability and complex tort litigation.  We also advise clients in claims prevention and on warning and recall issues, document creation and retention programs, and other strategies and practices to limit and defend against potential litigation.

  • Professional Liability Litigation
  • We represent professional liability insurers on coverage issues and related litigation arising out of their professional liability policies. Additionally, we have successfully defended professionals, including lawyers, accountants, architects, doctors, and directors and officers, in professional liability litigation

  • Right-To-Know Law/Open Records Litigation
  • Our attorneys are experienced in all aspects of Pennsylvania’s Right-to Know Law, frequently representing requesters, public agencies and interested third parties in litigation before the Office of Open Records and Pennsylvania’s appellate courts concerning requests for, and access to, government records.

    Beyond actively litigating open records matters, our attorneys also frequently advise and provide guidance to requesters and public agencies on developments in, and changes to, the Right-to-Know Law and its continually evolving body of caselaw.

  • Securities Litigation
  • We have a diverse practice in civil securities litigation.  Our attorneys have represented stockholders, bondholders, corporations, members of boards of directors, limited partnerships, general partners, and individuals in a wide variety of complex civil securities actions, and in Securities and Exchange Commission and other agency investigations.  We have experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in actions alleging violations of federal and state securities laws.  The Firm’s experience in this area includes insider trading claims, private sales of stock in closely-held corporations, and trading in limited partnership interests.

    We also counsel our clients in conducting their operations and structuring their business relations in order to avoid violations of securities laws.

  • Shareholder and Partnership Disputes
  • We regularly represent shareholders and partners in complex litigation involving closely-held businesses. Our attorneys protect the rights of majority shareholders, officers, directors, managers, and partners against claims by minority shareholders and third parties. We also represent minority shareholders in claims against majority shareholders and corporate and partnership management.  Our representations include those arising from failed negotiations for the creation of businesses, business break-ups, and buy-outs. Where possible, in tandem with our corporate attorneys, we attempt to negotiate amicable resolutions to such business disputes but are always ready and willing to pursue our clients’ rights and interests in litigation.

  • Trade Secret/Restrictive Covenant Litigation
  • Our lawyers have extensive experience in state and federal court litigation involving trade secrets and restrictive covenants, and employ a comprehensive understanding of the laws and issues governing these topics. We represent our business clients in actions against former employees and principals, or by prospective buyers of businesses, to enforce violations of restrictive covenants; to preserve trade secrets; and to recover damages for any unauthorized violation of nondisclosure agreements or restrictive covenants. We also defend individuals and groups against actions alleging misuse of confidential information by former employees or business partners, or claiming misuse of trade secrets or confidential business information.

  • Whistleblower/Qui Tam Litigation
  • The federal False Claims Act (FCA) allows “whistleblowers” who file lawsuits against companies and individuals suspected of defrauding the government to receive between 15 and 30 percent of amounts obtained by the United States government from defendants charged with violations of the Act. The FCA, which provides for triple damages and payment of attorneys’ fees, prohibits the making of claims for payment from federal funds where the claims are “false” within the meaning of the statute. There are similar statutes in 28 states.

     

  • White Collar Criminal Defense and Internal Investigations
  • Our attorneys have extensive experience in representing both individuals and entities in public corruption and other white collar criminal investigations at the state and federal level. Our attorneys frequently represent clients before investigating grand juries, and have been involved in some of the most significant public corruption and white collar cases in Pennsylvania history, including the Bonusgate scandal involving the state legislature, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission “pay to play” investigation and the criminal investigations into former State Senator Jane Orie and former State Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin.