Business and Civil Litigation
The Shechtman Halperin Savage Litigation Practice Group makes our clients’ goals our top priority. Our team has extensive experience in resolving disputes through negotiation, mediation, arbitration, litigation, and appeals. We are creative and innovative in our approach to each and every unique situation. We know that there is more than one way to resolve matters in our clients’ favor, so we continually strive to think outside the box and explore every possible option to resolve our client’s dispute efficiently and successfully.
Negotiation, Mediation, and Arbitration: Alternative dispute resolution tactics can present effective and cost-saving alternatives to what can oftentimes be a lengthy litigation process. As effective and artful negotiators, our Attorneys are often successful in resolving issues in the early stages of our representation. However, if negotiations fail in the early stages, we continue to look for opportunities throughout the life of the case, in order to bring about a resolution.
If communication is difficult because of inter-personal conflicts or if a resolution seems elusive, we explore whether mediation would be a viable option for our client. Mediation is a non-binding process by which a neutral third party hears both sides of the dispute or issue and tries to foster a settlement. Another alternative dispute option available to our clients is Arbitration. In an Arbitration, the parties agree to be bound by the decision of a third-party neutral Arbitrator. Arbitration is akin to a trial, in that both sides are afforded the opportunity to present their case and their evidence to the Arbitrator. The Arbitrator then reviews the evidence and renders a decision that is legally binding on both sides and enforceable in Courts. Arbitration can be an attractive dispute resolution because it is oftentimes quicker than proceeding with Litigation through the Court system.
Our team of professionals are well-versed in all of the tools and techniques available and can help our clients chart a course for the most expeditious and cost-effective resolution of their dispute.
Litigation and Trial Preparation: In each case, no matter which alternative dispute resolution techniques are attempted, SHS attorneys and staff work from the outset to preserve our clients’ rights to litigate their cases in a court of law. A senior attorney and paralegal team is assigned primary responsibility for each litigation matter and associates are assigned as appropriate, depending on the scope and needs of each case. Early in each case, we work with our clients to formulate a strategy designed to achieve his or her goals and then work throughout the case to implement it. Our Litigation Practice Group is trained to recognize opportunities presented by the litigation process to effectuate a favorable settlement, yet at the same time, every case is handled in a manner that ensures full and adequate preparation for trial, should the matter progress to that point. We make effective use of discovery tools available throughout the litigation process, such as Requests for Admissions, Requests for Production of Documents, Interrogatories, Record Keeper Subpoenas, and Depositions, in order to efficiently obtain information and posture the case in the most advantageous way in order to resolve the dispute and/or set the stage for trial.
Appeals: In the event of an appeal, SHS attorneys have substantial appellate experience and track records of success in the state and federal appeals courts throughout New England.
Benefits: We understand that litigation can involve substantial costs, delays, and a significant investment of our clients’ time, energy, emotion, and resources, so we systematically review each case to ensure a continuing cost-benefit analysis throughout the process. Our clients are not “one size fits all.” We tailor our approach to the needs of each individual client.
Client Communication and Control: Our clients’ goals and objectives are our top priority in any matter. We maintain regular communication with each client in order to ensure that they are always kept apprised of the progress of their matter(s). We communicate openly and continually so that our clients can provide important input into the ongoing negotiation and litigation strategy. Our Litigation Practice Group takes great pride in the fact that we make clients’ needs our main concern, and client communication and satisfaction is our key to building and maintaining successful business relationships. With years of experience in the state and federal courts throughout New England and New York, the SHS Litigation Practice Group stands ready to handle your civil and business litigation needs in a variety of areas, including, but not limited to the following:
- Complex Business Disputes
- Contract Claims/Disputes
- Consumer Finance Litigation
- Creditors’ Rights Matters
- Environmental Litigation And Remediation
- Collection And Loan Recovery Disputes
- Shareholder And Partnership Disputes
- Business/Shareholder Oppression And Freeze-Out
- Business Dissolutions, Mergers And Acquisitions
- Business Valuation And Buy-Out Disputes
- Tax Appeals
- Foreclosure And Default Servicing Litigation
- Commercial Collections
- Construction Disputes
- Insurance Claims
- Surety Claims
- Employment Disputes (including non-competition, wage and hours claims, and termination issues)
- Professional Liability Claims
- Product Liability Claims
- Personal Injury Claims
- Real Estate Disputes-Including Land Use And Zoning
- Lender Liability Claims