Protecting Your Business

Being a business owner is tough enough without having to deal with disputes with partners, customers, vendors, unions or the government. In this fast paced and highly competitive world, that only slows you down and increases your costs. But those problems are inevitable. When you can't solve them yourself, a lawyer can help, one who is experienced, takes the time to understand your business and knows how to solve problems.

I've owned a construction company for over 30 years. Like any business, we have problems from time to time, in my case with unions, government agencies, customers and vendors. For the past 12 years, Mike Farhi and his firm have helped me solve them. I don't like lawsuits and Mike has worked to avoid them. In fact, we only had one and he got me a favorable result. My experience with Mike and his partner Rick Rapone, who's handled my personal real estate matters, has given me confidence in their judgment and trust in their integrity. They know what it's like to run a business and to really "be a partner" to their clients. I'd recommend them to any business owner, big or small. J.P.

At the law firm of Kates Nussman Rapone Ellis & Farhi, LLP, in Hackensack, New Jersey, our business litigation attorneys, Michael Farhi and Matthew Earle, have the knowledge, experience and the resources to explore options and discuss strategies to deal with your problems. Using those tools and our recognized reputation in the legal and business community, we can meet your particular needs in a time-sensitive and cost-effective manner. Business disputes, also called "commercial litigation, are often complicated, but together we can help you make the right decision, at the right time.

Effective Business Dispute Solutions

We can handle any business dispute or commercial law issue in state and federal courts, or in an arbitration or mediation setting, including:

  • Breach of contracts - both written and verbal
  • Corporate and partnership disputes
  • All types of emergency relief (temporary restraining orders, preliminary injunctions)
  • Restrictive covenant litigation and counseling
  • Employment litigation
  • Complex business transactions that have "gone bad"
  • Trade secret litigation
  • Real estate and land use litigation
  • Intellectual property disputes
  • Insurance claims
  • Business torts

After reviewing your problem, we'll identify the legal issues are and tell you if you "have a case." That allows us to discuss your legal options, so you can make sound decisions. Our years of experience representing corporations, closely held businesses, policyholders and professionals, as both plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts, allows us to present those options quickly and clearly. Our approach is to aggressive representation, in close consultation with our clients.

Economical Business Dispute Solutions

Our goal in commercial disputes and litigation is to protect a client's overall business interests, in other words looking at the "big picture." Sometimes, it makes better business sense to settle a claim. On the other hand, there are times when it's better to pursue or defend a smaller claim, to avoid setting a precedent and inviting additional claims.

Because avoiding large legal fees is also an important goal (we want to keep your business), we know that there may be faster and more economical ways to resolve a dispute, like mediation or arbitration. We've been mediators ourselves and know the value of bringing a dispute before a "neutral" who knows the law and can provide independent analysis and recommendations.

Finally, to minimize expenses, we offer flexible fee arrangements, such as flat or capped fees, hybrid fees and success-based fees, depending on the case.