Business Law

Our attorneys can assist businesses of all sizes and their owners with any legal questions, concerns, or problems they may have. "Business law" is a term covering a variety of business-related legal disputes, including partnership and shareholder disputes, contract disputes, and a host of other business conflicts. If you own a business or have a dispute with a business, we can help.

Contract Disputes

Contract disputes can arise in various scenarios for businesses. Disputes with employees, vendors, competitors, suppliers, and joint venturers are but a few of the common contract disputes our lawyers handle every day. Clients who find themselves in disputes over non-compete and non-solicitation agreements require aggressive, knowledgeable counselors to avoid litigation or, if the case is already in court or needs to be there, to adeptly handle the case from its inception.

A contract is a binding and enforceable commitment between two or more people that imposes rights and obligations on each of the parties. In our experience, a contract is rarely black-and-white. Contracts can be poorly-written, vague, illusory, illegal, or in some cases unenforceable. Questions commonly arise over the proper interpretation of a contract, whether the terms of the contract have been breached, and a non-breaching party's remedies in the event of such a breach.

Our lawyers are experienced litigators who will assist you in resolving your contract dispute in any courtroom or forum. We can also assist you in drafting a contract in order to avoid the common pitfalls that usually end up being decided by a judge or jury. Our lawyers can help you enforce contracts or defend against claims that you have breached a contract.

Business Litigation

The Dessaules Law Group in Central Phoenix, Arizona has substantial experience in business and consumer disputes. We regularly represent individuals, small and mid-size businesses, and business professionals in a wide array of commercial and business disputes. Our lawyers can assist you with a vast range of commercial disputes, including contract disputes, business torts, partnership disputes, buyer-seller disputes, construction litigation, professional liability cases, real estate litigation, employment disputes, alternative dispute resolution, shareholder disputes, and bankruptcy proceedings. Our lawyers have achieved favorable results in cases in both state and federal courts throughout Arizona.

Litigation can be costly and time-consuming. Even the "simplest" case can take months, and even years, to wind its way through the judicial system. Although litigation is sometimes inevitable, it often is not. We offer a solution-oriented approach to the client's legal needs and believe that an early evaluation of a case and a firm grasp of the client's ultimate goals and objectives assists us in providing superior legal services and quality representation. Where litigation is necessary or inevitable, our lawyers stand ready to assist you through trial and any appeals.

Trade Secret Litigation

A trade secret, as one of a company's most valuable assets, is worth protecting. Often companies spend months, years, or even decade deveoping trade secrets and proprietary information to gain an advantage over the competition. Trade secrets that are lost or stolen can cause irreparable damage and, in many cases, can mean the difference between life and death for a company. In many cases, trade secret disputes often arise when an employee or group of employees leave, either to start a competing business or join an existing competitor. Regardless of which side you find yourself on, we provide experience, strategic planning and implementation, and seasoned representation to avoid trade secrets disputes.

Swift, aggressive litigation is often essential, and many times the only means, for protecting a company's trade secrets and preventing unfair competition. 

Are you involved in a copyright or trademark dispute? Have you been accused of misappropriating trade secrets or stealing confidential information? Are you a business owner whose employees are taking your information and joining a competitor's business?

Our lawyers have experience in a wide range of intellectual property disputes. We have successfully brought and defended intellectual property disputes.

Business Agreements and Disputes

We handle all types of business disputes, including claims for breach of contract, breach of fidicuary duty, non-compete disputes, shareholder and partnership agreements and disputes, trade secret disputes, confidentiality and non-disclosure disputes, non-solicitation disputes, fiduciary disputes, settlement agreements, libel and slander disputes, and insurance disputes.

Business Structuring and Dissolution

Whether you are forming or dissolving a business, getting a lawyer involved as soon as possible is usually a very wise choice. Corporate and partnership formation may not always require a lawyer, but our experience suggests that it is useful to include a lawyer in the process to avoid problems down the road.

If you are dissolving a partnership or corporation, a lawyer is essential in ensuring that your rights are protected. Your soon-to-be ex-business partner is certainly not looking out for your best interests. We strongly recommend getting a lawyer involved early in order to assist you in preparing an exit strategy, to advise you regarding the legal ramifications of any actions taken, and to be there in the event you are unable to end things amicably and must resort to the courts.

Business Tort Litigation

Disputes between businesses do not always arise out of contract. They can arise in any context or industry. A company may accuse another company or person of unfair competition, interfering with its business relationships, fraud, or libel and slander, to name just a few. Such allegations are serious and often include demands for punitive damages in addition to whatever actual damages it can prove.

Regardless whether you are a victim of someone else's wrongful actions or being accused of committing a wrong, you need a lawyer to represent you. Our lawyers have signficant experience counseling, prosecuting, and defending business torts, including claims for breach of fiduciary duty, fraud-based claims, trade secret claims.

Debtor-Creditor Disputes

Our lawyers are skilled in all aspects of debtor-creditor disputes. We advise and represent both debtors and creditors in collection matters and other disputes. On behalf of debtors, we aggressively defend collection lawsuits on behalf of debtors and, when necessary, provide valuable counsel regarding bankruptcy, settlement, and other debt relief options. If the creditor steps over the line, we are also prepared to advise and represent the debtor in actions under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. We also represent creditors in collection and foreclosure matters.

Insurance Disputes

Our lawyers represent individuals and companies in a wide array of insurance disputes, including coverage litigation, bad faith lawsuits, and personal injury lawsuits. Our lawyers also advise clients regarding coverage issues and disputes under all types of insurance policies.

We provide litigation representation and counseling throughout Arizona and California to businesses, individuals and other entities. Although insurance carriers often hire us to defend their policyholders, we are also retained directly by parties who find themselves being sued for personal injuries, title disputes, errors and omissions cases, and employment matters. Our experienced insurance defense litigators regularly represent insurance carrier's policyholders who have been accused of various acts of wrongdoing, including but not limited to:

* Negligence
* Property damage
* Premises liability
* Construction defects and negligence
* Breach of fiduciary duty
* Breach of warranty

We will work within your insurance carrier's guidelines and budget to provide an effective and quality defense. We are dedicated to looking out for the welfare of our clients and, where the client is fortunate enough to have insurance coverage, we will work closely with the insurance carrier and within its parameters to provide the client with the highest caliber representation.