The term civil litigation refers to a legal dispute between two or more parties that seek money damages or specific performance rather than criminal sanctions. A lawyer who specializes in civil litigation is known as a litigator or trial lawyer. Lawyers who practice civil litigation represent parties in trials, arbitrations and mediations before administrative agencies, foreign tribunals, and federal, state and local courts.
Business disputes can often grow to become lawsuits and hotly contested matters, particularly for smaller companies of family run businesses.
Steve Foley has the litigation and trial experience that enables him to handle the litigation from its inception through conclusion with special attention to the unique needs and circumstances faced by the small-business owner.
You have always paid your insurance premiums on time. Maybe you have been with the same insurance company for years and have slept well, thinking that if disaster strikes you, your business or property – are covered. Then you suffer a loss, and the insurance company won’t pay or their “offer” undervalues your claim. Steve Foley will pursue your claim against the insurance company with careful evaluation of your policy, to make sure that you or your company receive every benefit under the policy you paid for and are entitled to expect.
It has become commonplace that the resolution of disputes between businesses or companies is often determined by mediation, arbitration or some form of alternative dispute resolution. Often, contracts contain mandatory arbitration clauses moving the battle from the courtroom to the conference room. While the setting of an arbitration may be less formal than that of a courtroom with a jury, direct examination, cross-examination of witnesses, and the effective use of documents and exhibits are all crucial to a successful outcome. Likewise, mediation, while not binding on the parties, requires the same skills of advocacy and persuasion necessary to be successful with a judge or jury. Steve Foley has mediated and arbitrated tens of millions of dollars in cases in his 28-year career. He should be a top choice for you and your business, if the dispute or claim requires skilled representation in a matter to be arbitrated or mediated.
Don’t go it alone. Sometimes it is hard to determine if the insurance company and the counsel it has hired to represent you or your business, is acting in your best interests and trying to get the claim resolved within the available coverage limits. A jury verdict in excess of the insurance policy can place you or your company at great financial risk.
Let Steve Foley represent you or your business as personal counsel working alongside and/or providing oversight of the hired insurance company’s counsel, to help expedite the resolution of any litigation. Make sure the insurance company’s priority is and always remains, you and/or the best interests of your company.