Civil Litigation & Business Law
Many companies face civil litigation. The term civil litigation refers to a legal dispute between two or more parties that seek monetary damages or specific performance rather than criminal sanctions. A lawyer who specializes in civil litigation is known as a litigator or trial lawyer. Lawyers who practice civil litigation represent parties in trials, arbitrations and mediations before administrative agencies, foreign tribunals, and federal, state, and local courts. Several common types of civil litigation include environmental law, housing law, products liability, intellectual property, labor and employment, and antitrust.
ADA Access Defense
Making your site accessible to persons with disabilities is a good business practice. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) provides a clear and comprehensive national mandate for the elimination of discrimination against individuals with disabilities. Disabled persons, advocacy groups and the Department of Justice can bring lawsuits to enforce compliance with the ADA. A significant part of our practice is devoted to helping clients achieve enterprise-wide compliance and avoid exposure to expensive litigation.
Our team has experience defending ADA actions filed against businesses, and we have successfully defended our clients when Federal or California law does not support the allegations against them. Where violations actually exist, we help them to settle cases through either negotiation or Alternative Dispute Resolution. We often find ourselves facing the same advocacy groups and lawyers, and our experience with resolving these cases reduces the amount of litigation. We are always prepared to negotiate a settlement if it is in the best interests of our clients, but if it does go to trial, our knowledge of the procedural issues helps us achieve the best results for our clients.
General Counsel for Corporations
A General Counsel is the chief lawyer of a corporation and is sometimes known as the Chief Legal Officer (CLO). The General Counsel typically reports directly to the CEO/President, and their duties involve overseeing and identifying all legal issues, as well as corporate governance and business policy. General Counsels often have additional roles that include crisis management, compliance reporting management and public policy advocacy.
A General Counsel today brings more than their legal expertise. They are also acting as business advisers to the CEO and senior leadership team by providing general counsel that uses a deep knowledge of not only laws and regulations, but a greater knowledge of the industry and financial issues. With broader knowledge and skills, a general counsel can participate in leadership discussions of complex problems and creative solutions by seeking out new challenges that allow the team to see the bigger picture.