Our attorneys maintain an active, daily practice in the state and federal trial and appellate courts across the Commonwealth of Virginia and beyond, including courts serving Roanoke, the New River Valley, and Central and Southwest Virginia. We advance and protect our clients’ business interests, whether by prosecuting or defending against a lawsuit. Such lawsuits usually involve contract disputes, business torts, defamation (slander and libel), intellectual property infringement (copyright, trademark, trade secret, and patents), and methods of unfair competition. When a business dispute reaches the breaking point, we will help you find the most appropriate, cost-effective and satisfactory route to a resolution.

Before initiating a lawsuit, our attorneys will make a reasonable investigation and determine the appropriate claims to bring in a suit. Because a lawsuit can prove costly and uncertain, we will often explore alternative dispute resolution, like mediation.  When alternative methods prove inadequate or inappropriate, we press our clients’ cases in court, using the full set of litigation tools available to us.

Our attorneys also understand how to prosecute and defend an appeal. We have experience advocating on behalf of clients at the Court of Appeals of Virginia, the Supreme Court of Virginia, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Learn more at our Appeals page.

What is the difference between state and federal court?

Most business disputes are usually litigated in state court. If the dispute (a) involves parties from different states and an amount in controversy greater than $75,000 or (b) presents a question of federal law, the suit may be brought in federal court.

Do I need to file a lawsuit?

Every case is different. Sometimes, a letter stating your legal position to an opposing party may be sufficient to remedy a situation. However, in trademark disputes, if a letter fails to obtain compliance, a suit will probably be necessary to prevent abandonment of the trademark.

What is mediation?

Mediation is a kind of non-binding dispute resolution. A mediator – oftentimes a retired judge – will work with parties to negotiate a settlement.

What is arbitration?

Arbitration is a more formal type of alternative dispute resolution more akin to a court proceeding than a mediation. Arbitration may be binding or nonbinding.

Can a jury hear my case?

A jury hears many kinds of business disputes, from breaches of contract to trade libel. A jury does not hear issues that involve the exercise of a court’s equitable authority, like a request for a restraining order or an injunction.