The Mottley Law Firm represents individuals and businesses in cases involving business disputes. Business disputes arise in numerous contexts.
Business disputes often arise with respect to the manner in which a business is governed by its managers, officers, and board of directors. A person who is a minority shareholder in a corporation, or who is a minority member in a Virginia limited liability company, may experience harm at the hands of those who are controlling or managing the business. Sometimes, those in control of a business act out of their own self-interest rather than out of the best interests of the business. When this happens, those in control have breached their fiduciary duty to the company and may be liable to reimburse the company for the harm they have caused it. They may be liable to answer for their wrongs in a "derivative suit" under Virginia law. In a derivative suit, minority shareholders (in a corporation) or minority members (in a Virginia limited liability company) may cause the business to pursue legal claims against the wrongdoers. If the derivative suit's claims are successful, the wrongdoers must compensate the company and, hence, its shareholders, for the damage they have caused. At The Mottley Law Firm, we have pursued and defended derivative actions in Virginia's judicial system, and we are well versed in the nuances of the law in these cases.
Legal Services Our Firm Provides for Businesses in Richmond
Business disputes are not, however, limited to shareholder and member derivative claims. They can involve a multitude of other situations. They can, for instance, be as simple as a breach of contract in which one party to a contract violates, or "breaches," the contract terms, thereby causing damage to the other party. They can involve disputes over real estate transactions. They can arise in situations involving unethical, improper, or unlawful conduct aimed at harming another business or business person in their business and professional dealings. These cases usually involve claims of tortious interference with contract or business expectancy, claims of fraud and deceit, business conspiracy claims, and common law civil conspiracy claims. But they can involve other matters such as breach of fiduciary duty, defamation, and theft of property, for example.
Commercial Litigation Attorneys in Richmond, VA
Virginia trial attorney Kevin W. Mottley has more than two decades of experience representing individuals and businesses in these sorts of disputes. He started his career at a large corporate law firm in downtown Richmond, Virginia, where he spent twelve years in the firm's commercial litigation practice group and became a partner. What was unique about Kevin's background in the large law firm was that, as a younger lawyer, he worked as a defense lawyer defending large corporations against significant personal injury claims. This allowed Kevin to develop valuable trial experience as a young lawyer in a large downtown firm, a path that is not as common for young big firm litigators these days. Kevin was able to mesh his trial experience with his work on large commercial litigation matters to bring a practical approach to business disputes that is geared toward winning at trial, if a trial is necessary to resolve a dispute. At the same time, Kevin always aims to find a common-sense solution to business disputes so as to avoid the uncertainties and expense of litigation for his business clients.
Types of Business Disputes and Commerical Litigation We Represent
Kevin Mottley's and The Mottley Law Firm's business litigation practice has included representation of the following types of businesses and business persons in litigation matters and in matters relating to the resolution of complex business disputes:
- Law firms
- Accountants and accounting firms
- Local governments
- Real estate developers
- Medical practices
- Corporate directors, managers, and officers
- Corporate shareholders, both majority and minority shareholders
- Members and managers of Virginia limited liability companies
- Medical Doctors
- Doctors of Veterinary Medicine
- Health insurance brokerage companies
- Mining companies
- Construction companies
- Software developers, resellers, and licensing companies
- Commercial leasing companies
- Real estate title companies and closing agents
- Professional athletes
- Real estate holding companies
- Hotels and hotel owners
If you or your business is involved in a business dispute, please call Richmond attorney Kevin Mottley at (804) 409-0876 to arrange for your consultation in your will contest, trust or estate dispute today.