Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation Matters

Doyen Sebesta & Poelma, LLLP was founded as a litigation firm and our commercial trial lawyers understand the complex issues involved in business related disputes. We focus on developing personal relationships with our clients. We work diligently to understand all the pertinent aspects of our clients’ business so that we can effectively represent them in their business related matters. We maintain that the effective handling of a client’s business related dispute requires a collaborative effort between us and our clients.

Our business litigators have experience in a broad range of commercial and corporate disputes including:

  • Shareholder and partnership disputes
  • Commercial collections
  • Contractual disputes and breach of contract
  • Fraud and deceptive trade practices
  • Breach of fiduciary duty claims
  • Mergers & acquisitions related disputes
  • Unfair competition and business disparagement
  • Employment litigation
  • Trade secrets litigation
  • Corporate dissolution disputes
  • Breach of fiduciary duty
  • Sales/Uniform commercial code litigation
  • Lender / Borrower disputes
  • Commercial real estate foreclosures
  • Loan workouts
  • Construction and real estate development disputes

Contract Disputes

Our lawyers regularly handle complex business litigation disputes in state and federal courts involving claims of breach of contract with respect to manufacturing contracts, executive employment agreements, sales and distribution agreements, confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements, shareholder, buy-sell and partnership agreements, technology licenses, insurance agreements, and oil and gas production agreements, as well as master services agreements.

Business Torts

Our commercial litigation attorneys represent clients in cases that include tort theft of trade secrets, misappropriation of corporate opportunities, breach of fiduciary duties, breach of covenants not to compete, fraud, business defamation, and deceptive trade practices.

Shareholder & Partnership Disputes

We routinely represent clients in complex litigation involving closely-held businesses. Our attorneys represent and protect the rights of majority shareholders, officers, directors and managers, and partners against claims by minority shareholders and third parties. We also represent shareholders, partners and members in the context of business break-ups and buy-outs. Where possible, our corporate litigation lawyers attempt to negotiate an amicable resolution to such business disputes. Yet, as veteran trial lawyers, we are always ready and willing to pursue our clients rights and interests at trial.

Corporate & Complex Business Litigation

Our trial lawyers regularly handle corporate transaction disputes, including cases arising from stock and asset purchase agreements, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and other business arrangements. Our commercial attorneys have substantial experience handling lawsuits involving shareholders in closely-held corporations, partners, as well as officers and directors.

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