Many businesses and business people are scared of or don’t trust juries. Our experience will show you that juries want to protect businesses and business people that have been wronged. You need a team of real trial attorneys that know how to unlock and free that power in a jury and know how to leverage that power for full and fair protection and results for your business.
Howry Breen & Herman is that team of real trial attorneys for businesses and business people. Our business and commercial litigation experience and results prove you can count on the trial attorneys of Howry Breen & Herman to fight and protect your business health, from isolated issues such as contract or intellectual property disputes to bet the company litigation.
Put our reputation and recognitions by The Best Lawyers in America© in the fields of Bet-the-Company Litigation (Randy Howry, since 2009) and Commercial Litigation (Randy Howry since 2006) (by BL Rankings, LLC d/b/a Best Lawyers and Co., LLC) and as American’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators (Randy Howry 2017, 2019, 2020 and 2021 and Sean Breen 2017-2021 by America’s Top 100 Attorneys®) in your business corner.
Running a business of any size typically involves a number of legal matters, from drafting and negotiating contracts to navigating shareholder agreements to handling mergers and acquisitions.
Often, business owners find themselves facing legal disputes. In such instances, it is crucial to have the experience and skill of a proven and feared business litigator on your side.
At Howry Breen & Herman, our Austin business litigation lawyers have decades of jury trial experience. We have tried almost a thousand cases before judges and juries, including all types of business law matters and disputes. Our team can help you navigate the legal process and work toward the best possible outcome.
We regularly handle business litigation related to the following and more:
- Contract disputes
- Fiduciary litigation
- Business torts
- Shareholder claims and disputes
- Construction litigation
- Environmental litigation
- Oil and gas litigation
- Media law
- Insurance litigation
- Real estate litigation
We have assisted businesses of all sizes across every industry, including local small businesses and Fortune 500 companies. No matter how difficult or complex your case may be, we are here to help.
Handling All Types of Contract Disputes
Contracts are the heart of any business. These legally binding documents or handshake agreements are crucial for everything from vendor agreements and budgeting to distributor arrangements to partnerships and client agreements.
Sound contracts are often the key to a business owner’s success. But contract disputes often can and do arise. It is not uncommon for a business owner to not see eye-to-eye with a vendor, distributor, customer, or another party. When this is the case, you have a contract dispute on your hands.
At Howry Breen & Herman, we handle all types of contract disputes and related matters, including but not limited to:
- Breach of contract
- Business to business disagreements
- Non-compete agreements
- Non-disclosure agreements
- Sales contract disputes
- Operating agreement disputes
- Warranty disputes
- Partnership and shareholder claims and disputes
We also assist businesses with contractual issues involving commercial real estate leases, as well as land use, property rights, and environmental law. We have litigated on behalf of numerous businesses in the area and have successfully resolved countless contract disputes.
Our Austin contract dispute attorneys are prepared to aggressively advocate for you, both in and out of the courtroom.
Understanding Business Torts
A business tort involves unlawful actions committed against businesses that result in financial loss. Though they are sometimes caused by negligence, these actions are often intentional in nature. Individuals and other businesses seeking to intentionally inflict financial harm, or those who negligently cause such harm, can often be held liable for the loss.
Our firm handles a broad range of business torts, including:
- Tortious Interference: Wrongful interference by one party with a business contract or relationship of another party
- Restraint of Trade: Any illegal act that reduces another party’s ability to conduct normal business (e.g. monopolies, tortious interference, etc.)
- Fraudulent Misrepresentation: The intentional misrepresentation of another party in the context of a business transaction.
- Trade Libel: When one business entity publishes untrue and harmful statements about another business entity; considered a form of defamation; also referred to as commercial disparagement
- Trade Secret Theft: Discussing proprietary information that is usually protected in order to provide another entity with a competitive advantage
These are just some examples of the most common types of business torts. No matter your situation, our Austin business tort lawyers can help you navigate the legal process. Contact us today to schedule a free, confidential consultation.
Business Partner & Shareholder Disputes
It is not uncommon for business partners and/or shareholders to face certain disputes in the course of a business. Such situations could involve several partners/shareholders attempting to exclude another from various aspects of the business, or they could involve “deadlocks,” or insurmountable disagreements, between partners who share equal control of the business.
These and other business partner and shareholder disputes can be resolved under the Texas Business Organizations Code, as well as the specific partnership agreements that apply. Both state law and your partnership/shareholder agreement will outline your rights and responsibilities, as well as the rights and obligations of the other involved party.
However, sometimes these rights and responsibilities can also become the subject of disagreement.
In any case, it is always wise to work with an experienced business litigation lawyer in order to ensure that your rights and best interests are protected. Our firm understands the law and how it applies to your unique situation, and our attorneys can walk you through the process of resolving the dispute while simultaneously advocating for you every step of the way.
We assist individuals in partnership and shareholder disputes involving general and limited partners, expense conflicts, contraction/expansion disagreements, dissolution of partnerships, and more.
Breach of Fiduciary Duty & Shareholder Claims & Disputes
Howry Breen & Herman can also assist you with shareholder claims and disputes. We handle a wide range of shareholder dispute matters, including those involving breach of fiduciary duty, disputes between minority and majority shareholders, disagreements regarding operation guidelines, and more.
Whether you are dealing with a seemingly minor disagreement or facing a major dispute, it is invaluable to have the assistance of an experienced shareholder claims and disputes attorney in Austin.
Our team has nearly 25 years of experience with fiduciary and shareholder issues and other business litigation matters. We utilize our extensive legal knowledge, vast resources, and cutting-edge trial techniques to aggressively advocate for you and your business.