Commercial Disputes

The Commercial Disputes practice group of Hirschler Fleischer is unique among its peers in offering Am Law 200 experience and expertise in specialty litigation areas such as securities, antitrust, business torts and other “bet the company” litigation without the overhead typical of a big law firm.  Hirschler Fleischer’s trial attorneys have handled some of the largest and most complex litigation matters in the courts of the Commonwealth of Virginia and in the United States District and Bankruptcy Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia.  The Eastern District of Virginia is known nationwide as the “rocket docket,” a reference to the speed at which matters are set for trial and concluded.  Attorneys that practice in these courts must have sufficient familiarity with the particular federal court procedures in order to understand how quickly matters will proceed through litigation and to meet the court’s expectations.  The firm’s attorneys are particularly adept at handling the complexity of federal court practice throughout Virginia.  It is for this reason that many smaller, mid-sized, and non-Virginia firms refer federal cases to Hirschler Fleischer.

The firm’s attorneys have appeared in state and federal courts throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Among the types of commercial disputes handled by our trial attorneys are:

  • Breach of contract
  • Fraud and conspiracy
  • Unfair and deceptive trade practices
  • Misrepresentation claims
  • Breach of fiduciary duties
  • Business torts and disputes
  • Directors and officers representation as outside counsel
  • Errors and omissions claims for professionals
  • Complex e-discovery

Hirschler Fleischer’s commercial litigation attorneys are acutely aware that today’s litigation costs can jeopardize the economic viability of your claim.  Our attorneys aggressively seek out alternatives to litigation.  We are well versed in all forms of alternative dispute resolution, including mediation, arbitration and private adjudication.  These alternatives offer the promise of greatly reduced costs and rapid resolution of disputes.  Particularly in the business context, these alternative forms of dispute resolution often will preserve the parties’ ongoing relationship to mutual advantage.

The complexity and cost of litigation has also dramatically increased in recent years with the advent of “e-discovery.”   The problems associated with effectively yet efficiently handling preservation, collection, review, and production of e-discovery requires the right attorneys to handle the matter.  Hirschler Fleischer has in-depth experience with all forms of complex and ESI discovery issues. Our team routinely works with in-house counsel and national third party vendors in order to maximize efficiencies while avoiding the pitfalls of spoliation claims. Even if your company is utilizing a different law firm for primary responsibilities, Hirschler Fleischer’s litigation section is very capable of serving as your discovery counsel.

Litigation is a fact of business life.  Your business is likely to face the need for litigation services, whether in the area of business torts, property disputes, intellectual property, securities, employment, or even litigation that will rise to the level of “bet the company.”  Our attorneys are routinely recognized for skills and experience, and they stand ready to assist your business achieve the optimal result through the most appropriate dispute resolution mechanism.