Best Lawyers for Commercial Litigation in Maine, United States

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John J. Aromando was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

John J. Aromando

Pierce Atwood LLP
  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation
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David E. Barry was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

David E. Barry

Pierce Atwood LLP
  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
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  • Location:
    Littleton, New Hampshire Camden, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Mediation Commercial Litigation
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Peter W. Culley was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Peter W. Culley

Pierce Atwood LLP
  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Banking and Finance Bet-the-Company Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Commercial Litigation Litigation - Environmental
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  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Litigation - ERISA Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
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Ralph I. Lancaster, Jr. was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Ralph I. Lancaster, Jr.

Pierce Atwood LLP
  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: General Practice Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - Real Estate Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Bet-the-Company Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Litigation - Antitrust Litigation - Trusts and Estates Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Arbitration Copyright Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Commercial Litigation Civil Rights Law Education Law Appellate Practice Litigation - Patent Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Arbitration Litigation - Construction Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Mediation Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Commercial Litigation
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Jotham D. Pierce, Jr. was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Jotham D. Pierce, Jr.

Pierce Atwood LLP
  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Mediation Arbitration Commercial Litigation Construction Law Bet-the-Company Litigation
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  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Banking and Finance Commercial Litigation Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Mediation Litigation - Real Estate
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Neal F. Pratt was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Neal F. Pratt

Pierce Atwood LLP
  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Construction Law Insurance Law Commercial Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
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  • Location:
    Lewiston, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Bet-the-Company Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    Augusta, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Trusts and Estates Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Construction Commercial Litigation
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Eric J. Wycoff was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Eric J. Wycoff

Pierce Atwood LLP
  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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Jared S. des Rosiers was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Jared S. des Rosiers

Pierce Atwood LLP
  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Commercial Litigation

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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.