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  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Patent Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Santa Ana, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Bet-the-Company Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Real Estate Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Jose, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Commercial Litigation Corporate Law Litigation - Securities Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    San Clemente, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Construction Commercial Litigation Construction Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Appellate Practice Media Law Litigation - First Amendment Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Corporate Governance Law Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Corporate Compliance Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Santa Ana, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Trusts and Estates
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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Cedric C. Chao was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Cedric C. Chao

DLA Piper LLP
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Mediation Arbitration Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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Morgan Chu was awarded 2019 "Lawyer of the Year" in Elasticsearch.PracticeArea

Morgan Chu

Irell & Manella LLP
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Information Technology Law Technology Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Patent Law Litigation - Patent Litigation - Intellectual Property Trademark Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Real Estate
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Labor and Employment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Insurance Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Costa Mesa, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Health Care Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Insurance Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Palo Alto, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Newport Beach, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Securities Commercial Litigation
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David B. Ezra was awarded 2019 "Lawyer of the Year" in Elasticsearch.PracticeArea

David B. Ezra

Berger Kahn , ALC
  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Insurance
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Sacramento, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Real Estate Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Jose, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Trusts and Estates Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Real Estate
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - Securities Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Employment Law - Individuals Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Aviation Law Environmental Law Commercial Litigation Labor Law - Union Litigation - Labor and Employment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    East Palo Alto, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Commercial Litigation
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Andra Barmash Greene was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Andra Barmash Greene

Irell & Manella LLP
  • Location:
    Newport Beach, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation
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  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Antitrust
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Insurance Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Insurance Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Real Estate Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Litigation - Securities
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Costa Mesa, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Labor and Employment Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Newport Beach, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Patent Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Bankruptcy
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation
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John W. Keker was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

John W. Keker

Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Bet-the-Company Litigation Criminal Defense: General Practice Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Criminal Defense: White-Collar Criminal Defense: General Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Santa Monica, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Entertainment Law - Music Media Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Newport Beach, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Santa Monica, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Real Estate
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Real Estate Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Real Estate
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Santa Monica, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Costa Mesa, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Construction Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Construction Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Jose, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Municipal Criminal Defense: White-Collar Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Securities
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Menlo Park, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Redwood City, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Carlsbad, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Sacramento, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Costa Mesa, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Palo Alto, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Securities Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Copyright Law Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Antitrust Antitrust Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Corporate Governance Law Corporate Compliance Law Litigation - Securities
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Palo Alto, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Securities Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Costa Mesa, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Costa Mesa, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Woodland Hills, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Palo Alto, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: General Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Bankruptcy Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Antitrust Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Patent
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Sherman Oaks, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Construction Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Securities Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Banking and Finance
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Patent Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Banking and Finance Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Encino, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Costa Mesa, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Antitrust Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Real Estate
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Walnut Creek, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Real Estate Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation
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  • Location:
    Santa Monica, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Entertainment Law - Music Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: General Practice Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Real Estate Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    San Juan Capistrano, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Newport Beach, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation - Environmental Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Real Estate

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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.