The Tatum Law Firm not only knows how to deal with injury cases, but it is also well equipped to deal with cases of commercial litigation. General commercial litigation is a broad area of law that involves disputes between two or more businesses or individuals, typically over money or property. It encompasses virtually every type of dispute that can arise in the business context including those involving contracts of every type, construction and real estate, condemnation, sales of goods, employment issues, insurance coverage, debt collection and other types of complex litigation.
Litigation can occur in various venues, each with unique local rules. We have the broad litigation experience that you need and have represented clients in several states in the state trial and appellate courts and the federal trial and appellate courts in these states. We have handled significant complex commercial litigation for JPMorgan Chase Bank, Bank of America, Citigroup, Wells Fargo Bank, HSBC, and the Fidelity National Title Group of companies.
In the current economic environment, the cost of litigation can be a big issue, especially for individuals and small businesses. Taking a case all the way to trial is expensive. Thus, we seek efficient and economical solutions to our client’s problems. If a trial is unavoidable, then we leverage technology and back office outsourcing to reduce our client’s costs.
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in the form of mediation, or arbitration, can reduce the cost of resolving a dispute by settling disputes outside of the courtroom. Mediation is an informal alternative to trial where the dispute is resolved by a mediator. However, the mediator does not decide the case; rather he or she helps facilitate communication between the parties so they can settle the dispute themselves. Arbitration is a simplified version of a trial involving limited discovery and simplified rules of evidence. A neutral third party, known as an arbitrator, who considers arguments and evidence from both sides, then hands down a decision, which sometimes is final and binding. Both North Carolina and South Carolina have adopted the Uniform Arbitration Act.
We are available to appear in both state and federal courts to obtain injunctive relief for our clients. An injunction is a court order to preserve the status quo and to prevent irreparable harm by requiring a person to do (mandatory injunction) or cease doing a specific action (preventative injunction). Our firm has represented clients in obtaining temporary restraining orders, preliminary injunctions, and permanent injunctions.
We handle commercial litigation cases using a variety of fee arrangements, including (1) Time-based, (2) Fixed, (3) Contingent, or (4) combinations of all three. “Time-based” means a fee that is determined by the amount of time involved such as so much per hour. “Fixed” means a fee based upon an agreed amount, regardless of the time or effort involved or the result obtained. “Contingent” means a certain agreed-upon percentage or amount that is payable only upon attaining a recovery regardless of the time or effort involved. We can offer different fee structures to provide our clients the greatest flexibility regarding the cost of the legal services before the work begins.
At the Tatum Law Firm, we are also equipped to take on condemnation cases. Condemnation is defined as the act of taking private property for public use, often called the power of eminent domain. The power is established by the United States Constitution and is generally reinforced in state constitutions. The policy behind condemnation is that the government has the right to take private property if the purpose is to confer a use that would be considered good for the general public. For example, the government may take land to build a road. If the government does take private property, the property owners have a constitutional right to receive full and fair compensation for it. We can help landowners in all condemnation-related matters, including receiving just compensation when their property is taken.
Whether you are dealing with a residential or commercial lease, legal conflicts in this context can become very costly and disruptive to everyone involved. Lease disputes arise when the parties disagree about a term or provision of the lease contract. In some instances, the parties may disagree about the validity of the lease altogether. If you’ve reached a point where you need help resolving your lease dispute, you should contact an experienced attorney who can assess your case.
At the Tatum Law Firm, our extensive experience in all matters of real estate law can make all the difference in your case. Commercial litigation attorney Brian Steed Tatum will work closely with you to learn the facts of your case and effectively advocate for your rights. We do not shy away from litigation but vigorously fight for the rights of our clients in the courtroom. If you or someone you know has a dispute, you should seek out an attorney who can help you explore your options. To learn more, call the Tatum Law Firm at 704-307-4350 or contact us online for a free case evaluation.