Civil Rights Litigation
The firm defends government officials who have been accused of violating the constitutional rights of members of the public in the performance of such officials' duties. We also advocate on behalf of individuals whose constitutional rights and liberties have been wrongfully denied or violated by government officials through actions of law enforcement officials, government regulators, or even elected officers.
The firm provides defense to employers accused of violating their employees' contractual or statutory rights. Our experience allows us to spot issues and develop effective case strategies for defense of wage claims, discrimination claims, retaliation claims, sexual harassment claims, and claims alleging violation of other federal and state employment laws including Title VII, the Americans With Disabilities Act, and the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act. The firm is well prepared to represent employers in responding to matters before the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and to provide efficient defense of claims filed in federal and state court. The firm also has substantial expertise in the enforcement of non-compete, non-solicitation and trade secret agreements against employees and contractors.
Administrative and Regulatory Disputes
The firm acts as an advocate for clients facing regulatory or administrative action, such as the loss of government licenses or certificates, or imposition of discipline or penalties by governmental regulators, and has expertise in navigating the administrative litigation process as well as pursuing claims for relief against unjustified government action though the courts.
Lender Liability Disputes
The firm has substantial expertise with disputes arising between lenders and their customers, and we assist clients involved in financial transactions to understand the key legal options offered by state and federal banking for best resolving failing lending relationships.
Firm member Bill Richards has developed considerable skills as a mediator, particularly through the many settlement conferences he has conducted as a Judge Pro Tempore. He knows how to target key areas of dispute for efficient resolution, how to craft creative, "outside the box" solutions, and how to instill in negotiating parties a realistic assessment of relevant risks and claim values.