Commercial Litigation


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Commercial litigation (sometimes referred to as business litigation) is the process of taking legal action regarding business transactions. Commercial litigation often involves complex issues and sometimes collateral. Priority of liens or UCC interests can come into play if collateral is to be pursued.

Our practice covers a broad spectrum of business law and commercial litigation services, including trials and appeals, in cases involving:

  • Contract disputes
  • Fraud, misrepresentation, and material omission claims
  • Loan transaction litigation
  • Foreclosures of security interests and liens on collateral (i.e. UCC and mortgage liens)
  • Breach of fiduciary duties or other relationships built on trust
  • Claims of interference with business or contractual relationships
  • Unfair and deceptive trade practices
  • Replevin
  • Indemnification
  • Alter ego evaluation and fraudulent transfers

A business or commercial dispute can significantly disrupt your business and even your personal life. Typically, the earlier you retain an attorney, the more effective the attorney working for you can be. We can assist in many ways, such as analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of your dispute, working with you to formulate pre-litigation strategies and pre-suit demands, and if a resolution is not reached, filing and pursuing your case, whether it be in a court of law or at arbitration.

Dispute resolution is a key component of a dispute, but “it takes two to tango.” SHAASLAW can assist with negotiations at the pre-suit level, during a suit, or at a formal mediation. Often times, a court will send the opposing sides to a mediation prior to setting a case for trial.

Venue (generally defined as where your suit can be brought) is often an important initial question that must be considered and is typically controlled by state statute. Some contracts contain a venue clause. Example: a business in central Florida may have a venue clause in its contract which states that venue shall be in Pasco County, FL. If the matter involves a breach of contract claim, and the defendant it needs to sue is located in Orange County, FL, the defendant may be required to appear and defend itself in Pasco County.

If you are looking for a business or commercial litigation attorney in the Tampa Bay area, or in other parts of Florida, please contact us to see if we are a good match for you. As you may already know, courts are trending towards phone and video appearances by attorney for non-evidentiary hearings, so we have and continue to efficiently represent businesses in courts outside the Tampa Bay area.

Check out the firm’s FAQs Videos to get a short explanation of what a mediation is like and how it’s different from an arbitration.