Practice Areas

Civil Litigation

When it comes to litigation, our goal is the same as yours: to resolve disputes in the most cost-effective and expeditious way. In fact, we strive to help you avoid litigation in the first place by providing preventive counseling and risk assessments. Because of our trial expertise, we know what courts often look for when assigning fault, and we use that knowledge to the benefit of clients, evaluating the weaknesses that can leave you open to liability and advising on the best practices to shore up those holes. 

When litigation is unavoidable, we customize a strategy tailored to your goals, both long and short term, and work side by side with you through the process. We aggressively advocate for clients in state and federal courts in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Florida. Our firm, and its founder, are consistently ranked and recognized as one of the top trial lawyers in Pennsylvania.

We also recognize that litigation is costly, both in terms of dollars spent and publicity gained, and that sometimes a matter is best resolved to the benefit of all parties through arbitration or another form of alternative dispute resolution.

Dealership Litigation 

We serve as general counsel to numerous dealerships throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey, assisting them with dealership operations and litigation, including acquisitions of businesses and dealer agreements, financing, leasing, real estate and employment issues.  As one of only a few law firms in Philadelphia to devote a substantial portion of its practice to representing dealerships, we have acquired a high level of expertise in this specific area of the law. 

General Corporate

We advise companies at all stages of growth, with an eye to local, regional, national and international growth that aligns with overall corporate strategy. We work with clients in navigating the full range of business challenges they encounter – including corporate formation, management, growth, and transfers – as they transition through the corporate life cycle, delivering responsive representation at every critical step.

Our corporate services include:

  • Contract review and drafting
  • General business representation and guidance
  • Purchases, sales and other transfers of business interests
  • Formation of corporations, general and limited partnerships, limited liability companies and other businesses
  • Reorganization and restructuring of enterprises
  • Financing of businesses in secured and unsecured loan transactions
  • Intellectual property registration and protection
  • Negotiation and preparation of commercial and business agreements
  • Advice on business disputes and differences among principals of closely held enterprises

Real Estate

We are ready to help clients maximize your real estate opportunities. We are well-versed in key areas, such as acquisitions, closings, sales, leases, mortgages, UCC filings, financing, zoning, and construction. We bring a cost-effective perspective to each real estate opportunity and help to identify and address risks and develop practical strategies to solve clients’ real estate needs.  We assist owners, developers, investors, lenders, real estate professionals, landlords, tenants, financial institutions, and many other clients with their real estate needs including closings. When necessary, we are prepared to litigate real estate issues, both residential and commercial.

Business and Commercial Litigation

The firm’s focus on complex commercial litigation has encompassed a broad range of cases in state and federal courts. The firm has defended and prosecuted multi-party actions, contract disputes, professional malpractice actions, complex tort claims, insurance actions, injunctions, corporate and partnership disputes and dissolutions, intellectual property, as well as issues and disputes arising under the Uniform Commercial Code and Bankruptcy Code. We have experience with the full range of unfair competition litigation, advising clients on how to prosecute and defend such claims.

Over the years, we have focused our practice on defending dealerships, auto financing and leasing companies, banks, and other financial institutions in consumer litigation lawsuits, including UTPCPL lawsuits.  The goal is to enable businesses to continue to operate with as little disruption as possible from legal challenges. Since even a frivolous lawsuit can be very expensive to defend, it is valuable to avoid litigation when possible.

Personal Injury

We actively represent clients who have suffered serious injuries, or who have lost a loved one as a result of automobile accidents, medical malpractice, product liability, or negligence.  We represent clients who have been hurt as a result of the careless actions of others. Whether you were involved in a minor fender bender or you sustained a catastrophic injury, we will fight hard to get you the maximum possible compensation available under the law. We will get you justice. We have the resources and experience to take on the largest of companies. Call us today for a free consultation. 

Collections

 We help companies and individuals in the collection of delinquent commercial and consumer accounts in state courts, federal courts and bankruptcy courts. We will explain your rights and legal options and help you explore options for collecting the money you are owed.

Landlord Tenant Disputes and Evictions

As a landlord you have considerable rights. However, so does your tenant. Conflict between your rights and those of your tenant can translate into an expensive trip to the courthouse. Properly protecting your interests with a sound lease and good advice from an attorney will go a long way towards making a profitable and enjoyable venture out of your property investment. As a landlord, your most powerful right is to retake possession of the property when your tenant does not fulfill his/her obligations. This process, however, is a very strict process, and any violation of its rules creates cost and stress for the property owner. Be certain you have the strength and experience of our Law Firm by your side to help protect your landlord rights.

Corporate Formations  

Our goal is to know you, understand your objectives and apply the law to guide your business from startup to a thriving company. We have the experience, sophistication and creativity to put you on the path to business success. Our clients include entrepreneurs, small-business owners, midsize regional companies, nonprofit entities, retailers, manufacturers, large national companies and many others. We can help you with issues such as:

  • Contracts
  • Corporate formation and structures
  • Corporate governance compliance
  • Business and Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) transactions
  • Acquisitions, sales and mergers
  • Public and private equity placements
  • Franchising
  • Employment
  • Financing
  • Joint Ventures
  • Tax planning
  • Breach of contract disputes

Contracts

We offer business agreements of every description for various purposes, including but not limited to:

  • Sales/leasing for commercial and residential properties
  • Manufacturing
  • Distribution/supply
  • Service
  • Technology transfer/licensing
  • Employment/consulting
  • Executive compensation
  • Joint venturing/investing
  • Confidential/Non-Compete Agreements
  • Web sites/marketing
  • Custom agreements depending on the clients' needs

Intellectual Property (IP)

Establishing and protecting trademark rights serves as a key component of our intellectual property practice. We obtain a comprehensive understanding of the clients’ products and/or services and marketing strategies to ensure that the best possible legal course is charted.  We are capable of both filing your trademark and protecting it from infringement through litigation.  Whether counseling small or large businesses, we have the knowledge and legal acumen required to address issues in a wide array of industries.

Copyright Litigation

With today's climate currently shifting against copyright owners and the rise of Internet technology, copyright protection has taken on even greater importance. While we have the expertise to help a client avoid trial, we are also ready and able to proceed in all phases of litigation when copyrights are threatened or questioned. Once in litigation, we accurately calculate damages and argue the finest details of copyright and licensing law.

The Abandoned and Blighted Property Conservatorship Act

The quality and safety of our community is of the utmost importance to this firm. We are committed to upholding Pennsylvania’s Act 135, the Abandoned and Blighted Property Conservatorship Act. Effective February 24, 2009, Act 135 allows a conservator to take control of — and fix up or demolish — a property whose neglected maintenance is detrimentally affecting the surrounding community. If you are interested in getting temporary possession of an abandoned and/or blighted property, we can represent you in your petition to the court.