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Commercial & Business Litigation

From its inception, the firm has represented clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to small businesses and individuals in all types of commercial and business litigation, as well as in the pre-litigation resolution of business disputes, in a wide range of industries. In fact, The Best Lawyers in America© has recognized the firm as #1 in the state of Tennessee for Bet-the-Company Litigation and #1 in Memphis for Commercial Litigation and Environmental Litigation.  We work proactively with clients in resolving disputes – whether to successfully avoid litigation or to serve as advocates in court and other proceedings when litigation cannot be avoided. Our clients benefit from our efficient staffing of matters and the fact that more than half of our commercial litigators served clerkships with judges in federal or state courts.  Some of the specific areas that we have experience with include:

  • Antitrust and Unfair Competition
  • Bankruptcy Litigation
  • Contract and Business Disputes
  • Construction Claims and Litigation
  • Employment and Labor Litigation
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Franchise Litigation and Distributor Termination Proceedings
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Professional Liability Claims in the Medical, Legal and Accounting fields
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Securities and Shareholder Litigation


Members of the firm have practiced in federal and state courts across the United States at both the trial and appellate levels. The firm has been committed throughout its long history to providing clients with representation of the highest quality in commercial disputes in an efficient and cost-effective manner. We have a long track record of achieving positive results and an unrivaled reputation for finding creative solutions.

The firm regularly acts as both lead trial counsel, as well as local counsel, in matters including:

  • Contract and business tort matters, including of breach of contract claims, tortious interference and interference with economic advantage claims, and a host of other disputes between business entities and individuals
  • Employment disputes, including the enforcement of confidentiality and non-competition covenants, trade secret claims, employee dishonesty claims, and other claims arising from employment contracts and relationships
  • Intellectual property litigation, including trademark, copyright, trade secret and patent infringement matters, as well as licensing disputes
  • Antitrust and unfair competition claims under the Sherman Act, Clayton Act, Robinson-Patman Act, state antitrust laws, and state consumer protection statutes
  • Securities and shareholder litigation, including broker/dealer matters, shareholder litigation, and directors’ and officers’ liability claims
  • Banking litigation, including lender-liability matters, regulatory compliance, and customer litigation
  • Real estate litigation
  • Defense of suits brought under CERCLA (Superfund) and other federal environmental statutes and related state statutes and regulations
  • Construction disputes
  • Franchise and distributor termination litigation, on behalf of manufacturers, distributors, dealers and franchisees
  • Professional liability claims in the legal and accounting industries
  • Qui tam and whistleblower cases 

Members of the firm have extensive experience in representing clients in the arbitration and mediation of commercial and business disputes as well.  In addition, the firm’s strong corporate and transactional practice supplements our services in the area of commercial and business litigation, ensuring that clients benefit from our decades of experience in business formation, organization and operational issues.