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When clients are confronted with serious threats to their business or livelihood, they confidently call upon Pashman Stein attorneys to fight for their rights and to protect their interests, knowing that our attorneys are committed to not just delivering optimal results but exceeding expectations. Especially in complex business disputes and other “bet the company” situations, when results are all that matter, our attorneys have a proven track record of aggressively and strategically pursuing our clients’ interests and strategically positioning our cases for the best possible outcome.
Pashman Stein attorneys take ownership of our clients’ problems, not only because our success depends on the results we deliver but also because we view it as our professional responsibility. We pride ourselves on our commitment to quality personal service, and on taking innovative approaches to favorably resolve the most complicated disputes. Our attorneys are more than just skillful litigators; they are aggressive advocates, passionate about finding just the right plan of action in each matter to help each of our clients meet their objectives.
Our attorneys begin each lawsuit by thinking through our closing argument at trial. Keeping focused on our clients’ ultimate goals ensures that at each stage of the lawsuit, we are targeting our factual investigation and strategically developing legal arguments to improve our clients’ leverage and to best position us to prevail at trial.
We staff cases in an efficient and cost-effective manner, typically with one partner and one associate, who pursue the case from start to finish. Our litigation model ensures that the attorney our clients first meet and retain will be the attorney responding to client questions and providing ongoing advice, as well as the attorney leading the case through trial. Our attorneys, in turn, become intimately familiar with every fact in the case, and can often leverage that knowledge to the disadvantage of less prepared adversaries.
Pashman Stein attorneys have substantial experience litigating all types of commercial disputes for both plaintiffs and defendants, and for both individuals and companies; including bankruptcy adversary proceedings, breach of contract and licensing agreement cases, breach of fiduciary duty lawsuits, class actions, construction defects, consumer fraud, employment lawsuits, environmental contamination cases, land use litigation, medical and legal malpractice cases, patent and trademark disputes, preference and fraudulent conveyance proceedings, product liability, shareholder disputes, securities litigation, state and federal RICO cases, theft of trade secrets cases, toxic tort cases, and unfair competition.
Many of our attorneys also are experienced with litigating significant personal matters for our clients, including personal injury claims, probate disputes, and will contests.
Pashman Stein’s broad array of experience with both plaintiff and defense work provides our attorneys with unique insights into our opponents’ strategies, arming us with an indispensable advantage in negotiations and litigation.
In the end, our former clients and fellow attorneys refer their friends and colleagues to Pashman Stein because we consistently deliver what we promise: the keen, relentless pursuit of our clients’ objectives. And that is how we have steadily grown our business and our practice over the past 20 years.
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) often offers clients a more attractive mechanism to resolve disputes before resorting to litigation. With the ever-growing number of cases backlogged in state and federal courts, arbitration or mediation typically provides a quicker means to resolve particular disputes. Parties to mediation and arbitration often can better control the costs of dispute resolution by agreeing to curtail prehearing proceedings (motions, depositions, document productions, written discovery), which tend to drive up the cost of traditional lawsuits. ADR proceedings also may appeal to those who prefer to confidentially resolve particularly sensitive business disputes, without the public scrutiny afforded by the court system and the media. MORE
Many of Pashman Stein’s appellate clients are referred to us by other law firms that have successfully (or unsuccessfully) represented the client at trial, but require our firm’s experience to protect the judgment on appeal (or to demonstrate the reversible errors committed below).
Our attorneys regularly appear before the New Jersey Supreme Court and the Appellate Division on a wide range of issues. Pashman Stein attorneys have mastered the art of condensing voluminous trial records into cogent, forceful arguments that demonstrate the merits of our clients’ position. MORE
Pashman Stein’s litigators are regularly contacted by clients that have just been served with an order to show cause alleging that they have engaged in, or who have just discovered that an employee or competitor is engaged in, unscrupulous business conduct that must be stopped immediately. Whether the claims arise in the context of a failed joint business venture, a senior executive pursuing her own self interest over that of the company, a former employee disclosing trade secrets to his new company or a competitor knocking off one of the company’s products, the impact is the same – valuable business assets are being dissipated and the harm must be stopped and rectified immediately. Our attorneys prosecute and defend in state and federal courts business tort cases involving claims of unfair competition, trade mark and trade dress infringement, breach of confidentiality and nondisclosure agreements, breach of non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, tortious interference with business and contractual relations, theft of trade secrets and confidential information and theft of business opportunities.
When their business is on the precipice of being torn apart by infighting among the ownership, clients rely on Pashman Stein attorneys to aggressively pursue their interests and defend their rights. Our clients include officers, directors, and majority and minority shareholders. We prosecute and defend all matters of partnership disputes, including oppression of minority share holder claims, dissolution proceedings, valuation proceedings, corporate governance disputes, claims of breaches of fiduciary duty, theft of corporate opportunities claims, breaches of restrictive covenants, and claims for advancement of legal fees and indemnification.
Our experienced litigators regularly appear in New Jersey’s Chancery Courts, where shareholder disputes typically are litigated. Shareholder litigations often begin with emergent requests for relief from the court, and Pashman Stein attorneys are prepared to respond immediately to defend against or seek such relief. MORE
When a business resolution can no longer be reached, clients rely on Pashman Stein attorneys to protect their interests in contractual disputes. We work closely with clients to understand the intricacies of often complex contractual relationships among businesses so that we can persuasively demonstrate to the Court why our clients expectations have been frustrated and why our clients have been deprived of the benefit of the bargain they struck by the conduct of the other party to the contract.
Pashman Stein attorneys have litigated legal and other professional malpractice claims before state courts, arbitration panels and in connection with ethics board prosecutions. Members of the firm also have been called upon to serve as expert witnesses in legal ethics and malpractice actions. The firm selectively prosecutes and defends malpractice claims that involve substantial misconduct or that involve novel issues of law.
Internal Corporate Investigations
When public entities or private companies in New Jersey have needed someone of impeccable character and integrity to conduct an independent investigation into allegations of non-compliance with statutes and regulations, waste, conflicts of interests, or fraud, they have called on Pashman Stein.
Led by the Hon. Gary S. Stein (ret.), special counsel to the firm, who draws on his 17 years of experience as an Associate Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court, Pashman Stein has conducted a variety a special investigations and assignments. Our retentions have involved highly-publicized engagements, as well as confidential opinion letters. MORE
Clients trust Pashman Stein attorneys to help navigate through crisis situations and to help them return to focusing on running their businesses as soon as possible. Whether it is a regulatory issue, an employee issue, or criminal investigation, our attorneys are counted on to provide useful advice to help clients make the critical decisions at the start of a crisis. We also assist and advise clients regarding ongoing compliance issues and internal investigations.
Given the responsibilities of corporations and their counsel to expose internal fraud, it is more important than ever for attorneys in this field to have substantial experience in conducting comprehensive investigations, and swiftly reaching accurate conclusions based on the evidence. MORE
Breach of Duty Claims
Pashman Stein attorneys regularly represent clients in cases alleging that officers, directors and other fiduciaries have engaged in self-dealing or otherwise breached their fiduciary duties. We have experience both defending corporate executives against such claims and prosecuting fiduciary duty claims on behalf of businesses against their executives.
New Jersey’s Consumer Fraud Act, with its treble damages and attorney fee shift, is viewed as a powerful tool by plaintiffs and a potentially devastating liability by businesses. Our attorneys have successfully prosecuted and defended CFA claims involving numerous products, in a variety of industries.
The theft of intellectual property from businesses by employees, business partners or competitors is a seemingly ever increasing problem. Pashman Stein attorneys work with clients to implement procedures to better safeguard their intellectual property and position them to pursue violators when misappropriation occurs. Our attorneys are experienced at prosecuting civil lawsuits on behalf of our clients when trade secrets or other intellectual property has been misappropriated, and when trademark or patent rights are infringed upon. MORE
Pashman Stein has represented not only large corporate policyholders, but also numerous midsize and smaller companies and their officers and directors in connection with insurance coverage lawsuits. Pashman Stein attorneys also advise individual and corporate clients concerning their rights and/or obligations under indemnification and advancement of legal fees provisions of corporate by-laws and operating agreements. MORE