Commercial Litigation

Overview

Walter | Haverfield’s trial attorneys represent public and private companies in all types of complex commercial litigation. We approach lawsuits from a business owner’s perspective, keeping costs down and keeping the client's unique objective central to our strategy. Our attorneys are well-versed in and carry out alternative dispute resolution and other remedies short of litigation if appropriate, again, always keeping the client’s unique objective in mind.

Experience

The Commercial Litigation group’s experience and services include the following:

  • Defended and prosecuted claims of unfair competition, majority/minority shareholder disputes, trade secret covenants-not-to-compete, and tortious interference with business relationships including claims asserted under civil (federal and state) RICO statutes and the Economic Espionage Act, including the first trial of claims under the EEA.
  • Representation of borrowers and lending institutions in loan participation agreement disputes.
  • Obtained a six-figure judgment for a commercial property owner in a contract dispute. In addition, the court rejected the opposing party’s claim for business interruption. The trial court’s decision was affirmed on appeal.
  • Obtained the dismissal of a breach of contract claim filed by a plumbing company against the successful bidder for a public improvement contract in Lorain County.
  • Obtained a six figure arbitration award against a construction company who built improvements on unstable soil.
  • Lead trial counsel for a national distributor of indoor soccer fields in litigation alleging theft of trade secrets by an international supplier of artificial turf. Obtained favorable jury verdict after one-week trial
  • Lead counsel for an international metal coatings company, a national manufacturer of aviation ground support equipment, and an international novelty products company in Lanham Act litigation intended to protect their trade names, identities, and unique products. Claims promptly settled on very favorable terms for all three clients.
  • Defended manufacturer of high-performance general aviation aircraft in multiple litigation matters arising out of catastrophic aircraft crashes.
  • Negotiated resolution for a municipality in a multi-million-dollar construction project dispute.
  • Lead trial counsel in a successful week-long jury trial in trade secrets theft case.
  • Won jury verdict of $1.8 million for a Texas-based manufacturer who sued a Fortune 200 company for breach of a supply agreement.
  • Represented a manufacturer of specialty machine parts in a breach of contract action tried to a state court jury. The plaintiff sought damages in excess of $150,000. The jury awarded the plaintiff only $5,000.
  • Represented National Coordinating Counsel, through trial, of high-exposure commercial claims involving several lawsuits including a Colorado state class action arising from mass sales of construction components, leading to the creation of a $300 million settlement fund.
  • Defended $163 million excess insurance claims litigation arising from structural damage in over 20,000 prefabricated apartment modules in 1,500 buildings throughout Florida.
  • Performed due diligence for a Europe-based acquisition merger target, sought by a major United States-based law firm.
  • Forced settlement of a $54 million extra-contractual insurance liability matter against a major Ohio commercial claims insurer at a fraction of the original claim amount.
  • Secured and collected a multi-million dollar U.S. judgment award against a Finnish insurer on behalf of both American and British interests.
  • Appraiser in a multi-million dollar mining business-interruption claim involving tax treatment coverage and mine depletion allowances.
  • Coordinating Ohio counsel for tobacco product producer in class action, insurance fund, and attorney general actions.
  • Trial team in Chilean tire industry commercial action arising out of the re-privatization of the industry by the Chilean government.
  • Defense team in seminal mass-tort litigation actions including those arising from the MGM Grand Hotel, the Las Vegas Hilton and the Beverly Hills Supper Club fires.
  • Routinely litigates claims where a tenant were obligated to transfer a liquor permit to a new tenant, but refused to comply with the contract.
  • Defeated a municipality’s objection to the renewal of a business’s liquor permit for four consecutive years until municipality conceded.
U.S. News - Best Lawyers® 2015 “Best Law Firms” rankings
  • Metropolitan Tier 2: Commercial Litigation
  • Metropolitan Tier 3: Construction Litigation

According to U.S. News - Best Lawyers®, firms included in this year's listing "...are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise." This year's ratings were based upon the largest number of participating firms and the highest number of client ballots since these rankings were initiated - more than 17,000 attorneys provided nearly 600,000 law firm evaluations, and almost 7,500 clients also participated in the evaluation process. U.S. News - Best Lawyers® explained that, "Ranked firms, presented in tiers, are listed on a national and/or metropolitan scale. Receiving a tier designation reflects the high level of respect a firm has earned among other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism and their integrity."
2014 rankings
  • Metropolitan Tier 2 - Commercial Litigation, Construction Litigation
2013 rankings
  • Metropolitan Tier 2 - Commercial Litigation
  • Metropolitan Tier 3 - Construction Litigation
2012 rankings
  • Metropolitan Tier 2 – Commercial Litigation, Construction Litigation, Eminent Domain & Condemnation Litigation

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