In business, disputes happen, and when they do, they can cost your company thousands of dollars as court fees, lost time, delayed operations, and lower productivity take their toll. Disputes must therefore be handled as efficiently as possible. Hart & David helps Chicago-Metro clients overcome disputes with the best outcomes possible, whether you are an employee seeking compensation or a corporation looking to protect valuable investments.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Given how draining business disputes can be on company resources, people will often opt for alternative dispute resolution over litigation. This can take a number of forms, including arbitration, mediation, and conciliation, to name a few. The type of method used ultimately depends on the issue at hand, the parties involved, and the types of outcomes possible.

Arbitration: Arbitration may either be binding or, in rarer cases, non-binding. During the course of arbitration, a neutral arbitrator hears the evidence and arguments of the disputing parties and then reaches a verdict on their behalf.

Mediation: In mediation, a neutral mediator facilitates a discussion between two disputing parties. The mediator’s job is not to reach a decision on behalf of the parties, but simply to make suggestions on how the issue should be discussed. Ultimately, it is up to the involved parties to reach a decision.

Conciliation: Conciliation is like mediation except that the conciliator takes a more prominent role in reaching a decision. Nevertheless, he or she does not outright tell the conflicting parties what decision they should make.

Alternative dispute resolution generally costs less than litigation, though it may not always be as binding. Nevertheless, it has much higher odds of preserving valuable relationships while conserving company resources. Hart & David provides a variety of alternative dispute resolution services to our Chicago clients.

Commercial Litigation

When alternative dispute resolution is not possible or ideal, commercial litigation is the next option for companies. These types of proceedings can quickly drain your resources as they take time and money away from vital operations. Therefore, it is highly important for the dispute to be resolved quickly. In addition, area expertise is an absolute must, especially since a poorly handled litigation case can have drastic results for the parties involved.

There is more at stake in a lawsuit than simply who wins and loses. Your company’s reputation may be put on the line, and there may also be insurance ramifications. These cases must therefore be handled with careful strategy as well as prompt action. Having an experienced corporate litigator on your side is vital to success. At Hart & David, we can provide the legal advising and representation you need when facing commercial litigation.

Commodities, Futures, & Derivatives Litigation

The appeal of commodities and derivatives trading coupled with internet trading has led to an increase in trading fraud. Protecting yourself from fraud begins and ends with a sound understanding of the law and what dangers are out there. Hart & David provides litigation and dispute resolution services for those who have been wronged by brokers, futures commission merchants, commodity pool operators, and associated persons.

Futures fraud can take many forms. The types of litigation we can help you with include cases involving:

– Unauthorized trading
– Churning and unprofitable trading
– Nondisclosure
– Misrepresentation
– Misappropriation
– Wash sales
– Noncompetitive trading
– Accommodation trading
– Bucketing
– Failure to supervise representative
– Spoofing
– Breach of fiduciary duty
– Deceptive sales methods
– Use of misleading information
– Breach of contract

If you are an investor who has been wronged through futures and commodities fraud, you need a lawyer who has expertise in the area of securities trading laws and regulations. Hart & David can provide the help you need in getting the compensation you deserve.

Intellectual Property

Your intellectual property and proprietary information represents a large investment of time, thought, and money, and it gives you a vital edge over your competition. You need to protect it so as to preserve your edge and to continue to stand out from other companies. Otherwise, you may lose your place in the market and even come under legal attack if proprietary information is compromised.

Hart & David offers expertise with IP protection and litigation to clients whose intellectual property has become the center of a dispute. We can assist with protecting copyrighted materials, trademarks, patented information, trade secrets, and other forms of IP through litigation, arbitration, and other dispute resolution services. We can also help with taking preventative measures to ensure your IP is safely guarded in the future.

Healthcare Litigation

Healthcare institutions have been facing increasing numbers of lawsuits in recent years. This is due in part to the higher intensity of federal and state regulations on healthcare providers, medical supplies manufacturers, home hospice care providers, skilled nursing facilities, nursing homes, and so forth. Since medicine is often associated with deep pockets, these institutions are often under attack by those who are seeking monetary reward.

Under HIPAA and other regulations, the chances of slipping up somewhere, somehow is fairly high, so keen legal expertise is needed to ensure compliance. In addition, other operational, financial, and governance issues can also place an institution at risk just as any corporation. Seeking the legal expertise provided by Hart & David is vital to healthcare providers and other institutions who need to safeguard against the numerous risks they face.

Labor & Employment

Numerous labor and employment laws are in place to protect the rights of employees. Those who have been wronged by their employers, such as through discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, etc., should seek the assistance of an attorney with thorough knowledge of federal and state labor regulations. We can help you obtain the compensation you deserve.

At times, litigation is not always the best choice. In the case of a business facing labor or employment-related litigation, other forms of dispute resolution is preferred. In addition, employees may be at a severe disadvantage when making a lawsuit. The results of going to court may not necessarily be ideal for either party, which is why Hart & David provides alternative dispute resolution and litigation services for companies and employees throughout Chicago.

Litigation and Arbitration Services

Hart & David can help you work through disputes in a way that will best benefit you. To learn more or to get a free consultation, contact our attorneys today.

Jonathan D. Herpy

Jonathan D. Herpy

Partner
Joel J.H. Funk

Joel J.H. Funk

Partner
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