Business Litigation Attorneys in Los Angeles

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Whether defending a lawsuit or prosecuting another party, Nakase Law Firm’s business litigation lawyers provide our clients with excellent representation while guiding them through the ligation process. For plaintiffs, our cost-effective business lawyers have recovered millions in damages for our clients. The defense attorneys on our litigation team at Nakase Law Firm have aggressively defended our clients, working hard to protect them from plaintiffs making overreaching claims. The Nakase Law Firm legal team is well-versed in each aspect of the litigation process, from arbitration and mediation to discovery, pre-lawsuit negotiations, law and motion practice, settlements, and more.

It is common knowledge that both individuals and entire companies can find themselves involved in legal disputes for a variety of reasons. Often, it is through no fault of their own. Regardless of whether you are taking legal action or contending with a lawsuit filed against your business, it is crucial to obtain representation from a skillful business lawyer with extensive experience in that specific type of law. Below are a some examples of business litigation cases that Nakase Law Firm’s attorneys have handled.

Partnership Disputes of Disputes Among Shareholders or Business Partnership

In some cases, conflicts arise within a company itself, as opposed to between two or more businesses. These types of disputes among owners should be dealt with quickly and effectively since they can rapidly drain your business resources and finances. Most of these disputes involve allegations of company mismanagement, breaches of fiduciary duty, and self-dealing, among other offenses. Although there are usually complicated contracts to deal with, including shareholder agreements and operating agreements, the law establishes specific defenses and claims in such cases.

Breach of Contract

All businesses forge agreements and enter into contracts with other parties, such as clients, tenants, suppliers, landlords, and more. Although both sides sign the contract and assent to the terms, expectations, and obligations of the deal, these contracts are sometimes breached. A breach of contract can cause financial hardship as well adversely impact a business’s reputation, leading to a loss of client trust. If one party is responsible for breaching a contract and no solution can be found, sometimes a claim must be filed in order to resolve the situation and obtain relief for the injured party. The party at fault may be found legally responsible for the breach and ordered to fulfill their duties as the contract stipulates or provide financial damages. If you are the party that is accused of a contract breach, you will need to defend yourself against the claims made against you so as not to face what could be a costly liability.

Employment & Labor Disputes

Employees are an essential part of most companies, barring some sole proprietorships, but they can also be a source of conflict. Disputes among employees may include discrimination allegations, wage/hour violations, harassment, and wrongful termination, but these conflicts vary widely. All companies must be prepared to properly defend against these types of claims by employees since such allegations can lead to legal penalties and increased liability. Alternately, if your business becomes aware that an employee or former employee is in violation of an agreement over trade secrets, an employment contract, or a non-disclosure agreement, it makes sense to take legal action in order to enforce the company contract or recover damages for the business.

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

Nakase Law Firm’s litigation attorneys are accomplished and experienced in representing clients in ADR methods such as arbitration and mediation. Many business parties wisely choose ADR resolution as a smart, practical, and economical manner of resolving litigation, as opposed to beginning the trial process in the courts of California, which are often overburdened. Mediation and arbitration can often produce a settlement that you will be happy with without wasting time and resources taking the case to trial.


Many contracts contain arbitration clauses that are legally binding. Arbitration is defined as a trial without a judge and a jury. In California, arbitration hearings are presided over by a single judge who is notably neutral, or the involved parties can elect to use a panel of arbiters. Similar to a court trial, the parties are able to call on witnesses as well as present evidence. Involved parties also have the chance to cross-examine the witnesses who testify against them. Based on these proceedings, the arbitrator or arbiters then rule on the permissibility of the evidence while maintaining the proper legal procedures at all times as deciders of law and facts. Witnesses who testify may also have their credibility called into question by the arbitrators. Ultimately, a written ruling is produced, and both parties must adhere to this binding agreement.

Intellectual Property Conflicts

Intellectual property protections apply to trade secrets, copyrights, patents, and other materials. If another business steals, copies, or misuses intellectual property that clearly belongs to your business, these protections provide attorneys with a lawful course of action. Additionally, your company might be able to take advantage of a court order that will not only prevent the offending party from using your intellectual property but provide the recovery of financial losses incurred in the process.


Nakase Law Firm’s business litigation attorneys have the utmost experience in not only arbitration but also the process of mediation. In the federal district courts of California, which see numerous business litigation cases, mediation is the favored process. Unlike the binding process of arbitration, mediation is non-binding, and most litigants choose to resolve their disputes through this popular process. Mediation features a mediator who is generally skilled at listening to the proposals from both sides, as well as finding a means of agreement. One of the reasons for its popularity is that mediation is affordable and efficient and works to the benefit of both parties since neither party gives up its right to a trial in the event of failure.

Negotiation by a Skilled Business Litigation Lawyer

Nakase Law Firm’s business litigation attorneys have years of experience in Los Angeles and are highly skilled at negotiating dispute resolutions without the presence of an intermediary. Nakase Law Firm’s business lawyers give our clients the time and resources they need, listen to them carefully, and take pride in our work as litigators. Regardless of the specific type of litigation that is needed, each of our clients gets undivided attention from an experienced business lawyer who works diligently to understand the needs and goals of the client. Our attorneys always keep the clients’ best interests at heart and consider their victories our victories, too.

Nakase Law Firm’s business litigation lawyers are prepared to provide excellent consultation and representation in court. We work closely with our clients from the discovery phase on and are skilled at both preparing and filing claims and responding to the other party’s filings. While we are always prepared to go to trial and litigate effectively, our lawyers are also constantly evaluating whether the case can be settled before a trial occurs. Regardless of whether you are a defendant or a plaintiff, hiring a licensed business litigation lawyer is essential to achieving a successful outcome to your dispute. Contact Nakase Law Firm today for a free consultation regarding your business litigation needs, and our experienced Los Angeles business litigation attorneys will provide immediate counsel.


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