Business Litigation Attorneys In Longmont, Colorado
Business disputes are a fact of life. The best way to avoid disputes and therefor litigation is to prepare in advance for its possibility. Organizational documents, company best practices, carefully drawn and updated transactional agreements, and periodic consultation with an attorney who knows the business often spell the difference between avoiding a dispute, resolving a dispute, or expensive litigation.
Litigation is a two-way street. A business can sue or be sued. There are countless reasons why this happens. Whether a business sues or is sued, it needs early input from an attorney experienced with the business and the nature of the relief sought. An early assessment of the prospects for success and the resources needed to sue or defend is necessary for an informed decision on whether and how hard to push for a desired result.
Most lawsuits involve money, such as a breach of a distribution agreement, or power, such as an attempted takeover of control of a business. Some lawsuits require immediate action, such as an ex-employee who is using trade secrets or other proprietary information of the business. Other lawsuits may not. The difference in outcome depends in part on the litigation attorney.
Where a business is sued, there may be little choice other than to defend. Some lawsuits may be covered by insurance, but most are not. Some lawsuits should be settled quickly. Others need to be vigorously defended. Early retention of a qualified attorney is necessary to help assess the need for a lawsuit.
A business should expect an experienced litigation attorney who insists on due diligence. This includes review and collection of all relevant documents and information related to the dispute. The business will need a contact person who has the ability and authority to marshal information and coordinate with the attorney. This can be time-consuming, but it is all important. A decision to sue should never be taken lightly, nor should the business want a litigation attorney who is unprepared.
Finally, a decision to sue should relate to a core aspect of the business; it should look at the short- and long-term needs of the business. For example, proprietary information may be confidential, but it may not be vital to the business. A litigation attorney should provide counsel on the risks and benefits of a lawsuit.
Mr. Marsh has extensive business litigation experience. He has tried and litigated well over 100 cases in federal, state, and bankruptcy courts, and before arbitration panels. He has settled many others. He has put deals together and taken them apart.
His experience includes:
Breach of business contracts
Breach of supply and distribution agreements
Contractor, subcontractor, and supplier disputes
Breach of equipment leases
Breach of franchise agreements
Partnership, corporate, and LLC breakups
Partner, shareholder, and member disputes over money and power
Breach of operating and shareholder agreements
Violation of the federal Lanham Act and Colorado’s counterpart
Deceptive and unfair trade practices under Colorado and federal statutes
Business fraud, interference, and slander
Breach of non-competition agreements
Breach of non-disclosure agreements
Theft of trade secrets and proprietary information
Liability insurance coverage disputes
He regularly represents individuals, LLC’s, corporations, and partnerships, as well as members, shareholders, and partners. He asks you to read the tab entitled, “Clients Represented in Litigation,” for an overview of the scope of his practice.
Mr. Marsh believes business litigation is a cost-benefit question. He provides counsel on options other than litigation. He informs the judgment of businesses he represents in litigation. He encourages his clients to ask themselves: what do you want or what do you need to move forward with your operations.
He is supported by his long-term litigation paralegal. He has a network of experienced litigation attorneys who he recruits where additional support is necessary. When appropriate, he refers his clients to attorneys in specialized practice-areas.