Best Lawyers for Commercial Litigation in Alabama, United States

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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Transportation Law Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Litigation - Environmental Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Construction
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Insurance
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Municipal Commercial Litigation Insurance Law Litigation - Banking and Finance
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  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Montgomery, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Real Estate Real Estate Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Commercial Litigation Education Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Real Estate
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Insurance Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Montgomery, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Real Estate Environmental Law Insurance Law Litigation - Environmental Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Energy Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Banking and Finance Law Litigation - Securities Litigation - Banking and Finance Litigation - Construction
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent Trademark Law Construction Law Commercial Litigation Information Technology Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Montgomery, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Construction Law Mediation Litigation - Environmental Litigation - Construction Arbitration Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Real Estate Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Consumer Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Natural Resources Law Commercial Litigation Mining Law Workers' Compensation Law - Employers Litigation - Environmental Litigation - Municipal
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Natural Resources Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Environmental
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Commercial Litigation
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Thomas E. Dutton

Pittman, Dutton & Hellums, P.C.
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Mediation Arbitration Litigation - Banking and Finance Antitrust Law Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Securities
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Sports Law Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Commercial Litigation Litigation - Securities
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Banking and Finance Commercial Litigation Litigation - Securities Litigation - Environmental Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Antitrust Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation Litigation - Securities Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation - Banking and Finance Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Antitrust Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Construction Commercial Litigation Litigation - Bankruptcy
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Litigation - Securities Bet-the-Company Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Banking and Finance Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Litigation - Environmental Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Securities Bet-the-Company Litigation Appellate Practice Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Montgomery, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Montgomery, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Construction Construction Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Appellate Practice Water Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Securities Commercial Litigation Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Banking and Finance
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice Product Liability Litigation - Defendants First Amendment Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Antitrust Commercial Litigation Litigation and Controversy - Tax Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Commercial Litigation Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law Litigation - Construction
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Montgomery, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Commercial Litigation Banking and Finance Law Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Antitrust Litigation - Securities Railroad Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Banking and Finance Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Qui Tam Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Commercial Litigation Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Opelika, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Family Law
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  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Employment Law - Individuals
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Insurance Law Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Montgomery, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Construction Litigation - Banking and Finance Commercial Litigation Litigation - Bankruptcy Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Banking and Finance Litigation - Labor and Employment Insurance Law Litigation - Construction Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Construction Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Montgomery, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Banking and Finance Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Bankruptcy Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Banking and Finance
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Montgomery, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation Litigation - Insurance
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Litigation - Banking and Finance Commercial Litigation Litigation - Insurance Insurance Law Litigation - Securities
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Bet-the-Company Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Labor Law - Union Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Employment Law - Management Litigation - Labor and Employment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Commercial Litigation Litigation - Environmental Litigation - Banking and Finance Workers' Compensation Law - Employers Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Construction Insurance Law Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Securities Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Litigation - Labor and Employment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation Litigation - Bankruptcy Litigation - Banking and Finance
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Real Estate Commercial Litigation Insurance Law
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Banking and Finance Commercial Litigation Litigation - Construction
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Labor Law - Management Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Construction Law Litigation - Construction Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Management Litigation - Labor and Employment Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Bankruptcy Litigation - Banking and Finance
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Transportation Law Litigation - Banking and Finance Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Litigation - Antitrust
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Commercial Litigation Mediation Arbitration
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  • Location:
    Montgomery, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Management Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Labor Law - Management Commercial Litigation Litigation - Labor and Employment Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Construction Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Insurance Law Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Securities
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Appellate Practice Litigation - Labor and Employment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Real Estate Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Bankruptcy Litigation - Banking and Finance
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Montgomery, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Appellate Practice Employment Law - Management Employment Law - Individuals Commercial Litigation Labor Law - Management Education Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Montgomery, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Banking and Finance Commercial Litigation Litigation - Securities
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Insurance Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Construction Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Banking and Finance Litigation - Securities Commercial Litigation Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)

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Practice Area Definition

Commercial Litigation Definition

General commercial litigation involves virtually every type of dispute that can arise in the business context, including breach of contract cases, partnership/joint venture disputes, class actions, business torts, civil RICO claims, breach of fiduciary duty allegations, and shareholder issues. Successful commercial litigators need to be able to assess the merits of a dispute and scale either a prosecution or defense that fits the legal and business needs of the client. Efficiency, creativity, and sound judgment are critical for intelligently positioning these disputes, whether they are “bet-the-company” cases or more discrete matters. In addition, while all cases must be litigated with an eye toward ultimately trying them, seasoned commercial litigators understand that at all times they must strive to achieve the best possible result at a reasonable cost.

Litigation increasingly occurs in various venues, from state and federal courts to private arbitrations and administrative hearings. Proceedings can involve business-to-business disputes or any number of government agencies. Understanding the motivations and outlook of each of the litigation participants is important for determining weak points to exploit and strong points that will persuade the audience in question. During the past decade, commercial litigators have seen a dramatic uptick in multidistrict and inter-disciplinary litigation, making the stakes higher, the cases more complex, the parties more numerous and the discovery more complicated and unwieldy. Firms that are able to develop and implement a creative legal approach to each individual problem, efficiently focus on the key legal and factual issues, and master and manage the various aspects of these complex matters will be the busiest in the years to come.

In the current challenging economic climate, commercial litigators are under increasing client pressure to keep costs in check, which has both sides testing the efficacy of alternative fee arrangements and the scope of reasonable discovery. Whether the “death of the billable hour” is ultimately realized, the keys to a commercial litigator’s success will continue to be strong client relationships, thought leadership, practical management skills, deep experience, and personal commitment.
General commercial litigation involves virtually every type of dispute that can arise in the business context, including breach of contract cases, partnership/joint venture disputes, class actions, business torts, civil RICO claims, breach of fiduciary duty allegations, and shareholder issues. Successful commercial litigators need to be able to assess the merits of a dispute and scale either a prosecution or defense that fits the legal and business needs of the client. Efficiency, creativity, and sound judgment are critical for intelligently positioning these disputes, whether they are “bet-the-company” cases or more discrete matters. In addition, while all cases must be litigated with an eye toward ultimately trying them, seasoned commercial litigators understand that at all times they must strive to achieve the best possible result at a reasonable cost.

Litigation increasingly occurs in various venues, from state and federal courts to private arbitrations and administrative hearings. Proceedings can involve business-to-business disputes or any number of government agencies. Understanding the motivations and outlook of each of the litigation participants is important for determining weak points to exploit and strong points that will persuade the audience in question. During the past decade, commercial litigators have seen a dramatic uptick in multidistrict and inter-disciplinary litigation, making the stakes higher, the cases more complex, the parties more numerous and the discovery more complicated and unwieldy. Firms that are able to develop and implement a creative legal approach to each individual problem, efficiently focus on the key legal and factual issues, and master and manage the various aspects of these complex matters will be the busiest in the years to come.

In the current challenging economic climate, commercial litigators are under increasing client pressure to keep costs in check, which has both sides testing the efficacy of alternative fee arrangements and the scope of reasonable discovery. Whether the “death of the billable hour” is ultimately realized, the keys to a commercial litigator’s success will continue to be strong client relationships, thought leadership, practical management skills, deep experience, and personal commitment.