Litigation is a difficult complication for any business. It goes without saying it is expensive, but not just in dollars: For a small- to medium-sized business, litigation can become all-consuming, even if the initial source of the dispute is not that significant.

While not every matter involving litigation becomes Dickensian like "Bleak House," where the case of Jarndyce v. Jarndyce dragged on in court so long that even the attorneys and participants involved could not recall what was at issue. I understand the importance resolving litigation efficiently and, more importantly, minimizing my clients' exposure to situations that are likely to move towards litigation.

Commercial Litigation And How To Avoid It

I can help your business resolve disputes involving sophisticated commercial litigation when necessary. However, I can be equally valuable to your business by working with you before a situation becomes critical and litigation is necessary.

I handle a broad range of legal matters for my clients, including:

  • Arbitration
  • Business to business disputes
  • Breach of contract
  • Business "divorce"
  • UCC
  • Insurance disputes

A Journey Without Maps?

People often embark on business plans or transactions without counsel — either they feel it is an unnecessary expense or they understand the process and don't need help.

Many of my clients are repeat business. This is sometimes because they have had prior experience with litigation and now recognize the value of experienced, knowledgeable legal counsel before they have difficulty or a dispute arises.

My experience and skill means I can likely resolve your problem or dispute, but it is as likely that as your lawyer, I could have helped you avoid the need to resort to litigation and courtroom expense in the first place.

Commercial Real Estate Litigation

In New Your City, one of the most critical elements of your business is your real estate. With astronomical land prices, few can afford to purchase commercial real estate outright, meaning you likely have a lease and a landlord. While it seems like a basic and straightforward matter, a lease will control all aspects of your property relationship. It is important that you work with an attorney who fully understands that relationship.

Advice And Counsel With Every Transaction

I can be this lawyer and counselor. Commercial real estate transactions and leases can be deceptively simple contracts, or they can be pages and pages of detailed legal verbiage. I have handled many commercial real estate matters and can advise you of the consequences and ramifications of your transaction or lease.

Commercial Real Estate Litigation

Commercial real estate litigation often involves leases, which can range from boilerplate - where the lessor demands you agree to all terms - to fully negotiated contracts. I can help with the full spectrum, helping you to understand what you are agreeing to and the potential consequences of that agreement.

Sometimes the demands placed in a lease offer a warning with respect to the possible future behavior of the lessor, and I can help alert you to these warnings. You do not want to buy future commercial real estate litigation as a condition of your lease.

Legal Disputes Within Commercial Real Estate

There is a very broad range of potential issues that can arise in the context of a commercial real estate. As your attorney, I can assist with:

  • ADA litigation with accessibility issues, including websites
  • Assignments
  • Business tenants
  • Easements and encumbrances
  • Environmental issues
  • Insurance issues
  • Lease restrictions
  • Liens
  • Ownership disputes
  • Property taxes
  • Subleases
  • Zoning and land use

Issues with commercial property may include one of these elements or they may come in a bundle. I can help you sort out and deal with any of these and work to help you resolve them as efficiently and effectively as possible.

Insurance Defense

Insurance is necessary to conduct virtually every type of business. Without adequate coverage, few businesses could risk operation. Yet insurance is often perceived as uninteresting and hardly worth a glance. At Carter Reich, PC, I represent both insurers and the insured, and I can help you protect your interests.

For Insurers And Carriers

Because I have substantial experience working with insurance defense matters on behalf of insurance companies and with insureds on matters of coverage, I bring depth and breadth to my representation.

Insurance policy contracts can be insidiously complex. Terms and clauses that appear to be the same in similar contracts may be very different in the context of their respective documents. For insurers, I'm an experienced litigation attorney who can provide experienced representation for disputes involving your policies.

For Insureds

I have experience unpacking the meaning and structure of these documents from each perspective, which means I can help you interpret the terms of a policy and determine if it is adequate and will help you achieve your goals.

You want a lawyer who understands how these documents are constructed and interpreted by the courts. I have more than a decade of experienced representing clients with matters involving commercial insurance litigation, I understand where disputes arise and what parts of policies can be problematic or ambiguous and lead to coverage disputes.

Representative Clients

  • Chubb Insurance
  • Arch Insurance