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Legal disputes

Carefully drafted contracts and well thought-through business relationships go a long way to avoiding unnecessary disputes. But business disputes still happen, and they sometimes end in litigation. I have represented plaintiffs and defendants in such suits in the Courts of Common Pleas of Allegheny, Crawford, Erie, Mercer, Montgomery and Venango Counties, in the Commonwealth Court and Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, in the U.S. District Court for Western District of Pennsylvania, and in the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals. As a business and contracts lawyer I bring to that representation knowledge and experience that enable me to analyze the facts and understand the law that applies to the case. My litigation experience includes:

  • Disputes between business owners - disputes among shareholders, partners, and limited-liability company members involving breach of fiduciary duty, oppression or squeeze-out of a minority owner, breach of covenant not to compete, tortious interference with contractual relations, involuntary dissolution, inspection of records, waste, unlawful distribution, fraudulent transfer, fraud, and conspiracy.

  • Employment disputes - disputes between employers and employees concerning breach of contract, unlawful termination, payment or nonpayment of wages, covenants not to compete, and civil service and unemployment compensation appeals.

  • Property disputes - disputes about land and mineral ownership, lease obligations, conflicting boundary lines, trespasses, and rights-of-way.

  • Contract disputes - other disputes involving the interpretation, breach, and enforcement of contracts.

Most of my cases involve a business relationship or a contract. I sometimes handle other cases, but I generally do not handle criminal, divorce, custody, accident, or personal-injury cases.

Venango County Courthouse, Franklin, Pennsylvania