Business Litigation

MacDowell Law Group excels in representing privately held corporations, general and limited partnerships, limited liability companies, and other entities and individuals in general business litigation. We have a broad range of experience handling contracts, trade secrets, intellectual property, securities, as well as business-tort litigation.

Clients turn to our firm when a deal or a partnership has soured, when complex contracts or leases have led to disputes, or when intellectual assets or corporate secrets have been misappropriated. Stakeholders in privately held corporations and partnerships also engage us for representation in internal disputes over a myriad of control, valuation, fiduciary duties, and when corporate advisory issues develop.

At MacDowell Law Group, PC, providing legal advice for your business is where we excel. MacDowell Law Group lawyers have extensive experience in business litigation and mediation. We represent businesses throughout Northern Virginia and Maryland. If you own or operate a business, litigation is something you must deal with all too frequently. Disputes arise over a multitude of matters. For example:

  • Vendors and customers fail to perform under a contract or contest the interpretation of the terms of a contract,
  • Competitors engage in unfair trade practices, such as wrongfully using trademarks and other intellectual property, or
  • Partners or shareholders disagree as to how to carry on daily operations and dispute the valuation of their interest in the business.

Regardless of the business dispute, you need an experienced business litigation attorney or breach of contract lawyer to protect your interests. MacDowell Law Group is focused on professional dispute resolution, minimizing legal exposure and managing risk while resolving business disputes.

Highly proficient in the principles of contract law and the mechanics of business transactions, MacDowell Law Group provides representation in both business transactions and business lawsuits. Establishing a strong legal foundation is paramount for ensuring longevity for every business and to have the tools to navigate complex legal issues, with the ultimate goal of facilitating expansion and maximizing profitability.

As litigators, MacDowell Law Group will aggressively fight for you. We have effectively represented businesses in state, appellate, and federal court cases. We have successfully negotiated shareholder disputes, business freeze outs, and contentious partnership dissolutions. We are the premier law firm for competent legal representation for Northern Virginia and Maryland businesses.

Determining The Right Course Of Action

When representing businesses, we search for the most cost-effective resolution of each dispute. At times this search leads us to recommend early negotiation, mediation or arbitration and other times the most cost-effective resolution can only be obtained through trial. We stand ready, willing and able to try the most complex of commercial cases. Our Indianapolis business lawyers are highly proficient in trials and will serve as a zealous advocate for your case.

Extensive Business Litigation Expertise

Our firm represents companies in virtually all types of business disputes. MacDowell Law Group business litigation attorneys and breach of contract lawyers have experience working with companies and small businesses. We have a reputation for achieving results for our clients in cases involving business disputes and matters such as:

  • Business-Related Litigation
  • Business disputes
  • Breach of Contract
  • Collection of Debts and actions
  • Commercial disputes
  • Contract disputes
  • Construction litigation
  • Mechanics' liens
  • Covenants not to Compete
  • Corporate Dissolution Cases
  • Dissolution or breakup of a business
  • Employment law disputes and litigation- including employment, confidentiality and trade secrets, and non-compete agreements.
  • Fraud and misrepresentation claims
  • Property Disputes
  • Lease and real estate disputes
  • Litigation with Banks
  • Litigation against Fiduciaries
  • Real estate litigation
  • Shareholder and partnership disputes
  • Shareholder Derivative
  • Trade Secret Misappropriation
  • Unfair Competition
  • Estate and trust litigation.
  • Personal Litigation
  • Insurance Claims
  • Medical malpractice
  • Partition suits
  • Administrative
  • Administrative law
  • Liquor license violations
  • Injunctions
  • Preliminary and permanent injunctions
  • Real Estate and Construction Litigation
  • Construction defects
  • Landlord-tenant litigation
  • Premises liability

Business Formation

Launching a new venture starts with choosing the right business structure, such as a corporation, limited liability company (LLC), or partnership. We help establish structures that facilitate our clients' business objectives and also prepare foundational documents, including articles of incorporation, bylaws and resolutions. We can also assist with obtaining required licenses and submitting state filings. Our attorneys will assist you in negotiations and drafting agreements clarifying the relationships among new business owners, employees, vendors and other parties, including:

  • Shareholder agreements
  • Partnership agreements
  • Operating agreements
  • Buy-Sell agreements
  • Employment agreements
  • Independent contractor agreements
  • Nondisclosure and Noncompete agreements
  • Asset and stock purchase agreements
  • Licensing agreements
  • Management agreements

Business Transactions

Our legal team understands that engaging in successful transactions is essential for the prosperity of any business. We structure and negotiate transactions such as asset and commercial real estate purchases and sales, joint ventures or mergers and acquisitions and also prepare the underlying documentation, including:

  • Business Purchases and Sale of Business
  • Business Settlements
  • Commercial real estate purchase contracts

Additionally, we advise new businesses regarding commercial real estate leases and purchases and contract negotiations, while exploring growth opportunities through joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions or other business transactions.

Our legal team has a well-deserved reputation for designing innovative strategies and deal structures that serve the interests of both parties, which can help to foster future business dealings and relationships. At the same time, we help our clients explore ways of maximizing the benefits of an intended transaction. By guiding clients through all phases of a deal, we empower them to make strategic business decisions.

Insurance Disputes

Knowing that a protracted, costly litigation can stifle business operations, we often recommend pursuing alternative forms of dispute resolution, such as arbitration or mediation. At the same time, we have the skills and resources to litigate any matter. Our trial attorneys have a proven track record of achieving successful outcomes for both plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal court and administrative proceedings.

Employment Law

The contemporary workplace in Northern Virginia is governed by a variety of local, state, and federal laws, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Virginia Human Rights Act, the Bowman Doctrine, and the Virginia Wage Pay Act.

Well-versed in the applicable employment laws, we handle matters ranging from employment discrimination and harassment to wrongful termination and wage and hour claims, for both employers and employees. Our legal team also negotiates, drafts and reviews employment agreements, noncompete and nondisclosure agreements and also represents parties on both sides in severance negotiations.

Condemnation Proceedings/Eminent Domain

Federal, state and local governments have the constitutional authority to take private property for public use through eminent domain. Owners must be paid "just compensation" for the property, however, which is determined through a legal proceeding known as condemnation.

Tax Controversies

Our business law attorneys are uniquely qualified to help clients resolve a wide range of tax-related issues and controversies, including:

  • Tax disputes and litigation
  • Tax evasion/fraud
  • Administrative appeals
  • Levies and liens
  • Installment agreements
  • Offers in compromise
  • Unified tax returns

Contact our experienced attorneys online or over the phone at 571-748-5647. From our office in Fairfax, we help business clients throughout Northern Virginia.