Experienced San Diego Business Litigation Lawyers

Resolving San Diego Business and Contract Disputes

Business Litigation AttorneysThere are many reasons why a San Diego LLC or corporation can find itself involved in a business to business litigation over a contract dispute, breach of contract, employer defense matters or issues with suppliers and creditors.

Litigation is one of the most expensive and time consuming distractions to effective business operations.  It is important to resolve disputes in the shortest possible time frame and in the best interests of your company in order to keep your company moving forward toward accomplishing business goals.

The experienced attorneys at the Watkins Firm have helped to resolve thousands of business disputes for our clients over four decades of service to the San Diego business community.  The Watkins Firm takes a unique approach to a business-related dispute which is specifically designed to resolve the issue(s) in a timely and cost-effective manner while accomplishing our goals.

The most important fact you need to know from the outset of any dispute is there is a clock ticking, and there is only so much time to identify potential actions we can take to help remediate or resolve the dispute entirely.  These actions not only help to solve the problem, they often remove the financial incentive for plaintiff’s counsel to continue with the matter.

Experienced San Diego Business Litigation Attorneys

You need to take immediate action and contact the Watkins Firm as soon as you:

  • Receive any requests for information from a law firm or outside counsel
  • Learn from an employee or other party that action is potentially imminent
  • Are served with a lawsuit

Our clients not only feel better after this call, they have an understanding of what actions they can and should immediately take, the time frames associated with the process at hand and how to set the table for a successful outcome.

An Experienced, Proven San Diego Business Law Firm

If you have learned of a potential dispute with an employee or another company, are in the midst of a breach of contract dispute, or facing a potential lawsuit our San Diego business litigation attorneys have the extensive experience, legal skill and successful strategies to help. We invite you to review the strong recommendations of our clients and contact the Watkins Firm or call 858-535-1511 for a complimentary consultation today.

The Watkins Firm’s Unique Approach to Resolving Disputes, Lawsuits and Business Litigation

Negotiation is the First Step for San Diego Business Litigation AttorneysThe longer a dispute continues, the greater the expense to your company and the contingent liability associated with that issue.  The first step in any dispute is to simply listen to our clients.  What you know, think and feel is extremely important and provides insight on how to best represent you.

What has happened?  What is the chronology of events and what documentation is immediately available?  It may surprise you to learn that a strong chronology destroys weaker chronologies from opposing parties.  Case organization is one of the keys to success in these matters.

Our attorneys are able to resolve the majority of disputes, lawsuits and business litigation through leveraged, effective negotiation.  This is the most economical and timely path to accomplish our client’s objectives.

Discovery is a Step in San Diego Business LitigationWhen it isn’t possible to negotiate an effective solution in our client’s best interests, we pursue all options to protect our clients and achieve a successful outcome in the case.

Discovery is a legal term for asking questions and seeking supporting documentation.  It is important to know what the opposing parties know before they know what we know.  We prefer to strike first.  Not all parties tell the truth during the process of litigation and a strong chronology and fact basis allows us to ask the opposing parties and their witness(es) questions which expose their fears and weaknesses.

Discovery is a powerful tool in the hands of the experienced business litigation attorneys at the Watkins Firm as we continue to seek an immediate settlement and provides additional leverage for an effective resolution.

Mediation and Arbitration

Mediation and arbitration are two separate legal venues for resolving any business dispute.

Business Litigation Mediation Attorneys San Diego and Southern CaliforniaMediation is usually the next step in the process.  The parties select an experienced third party (the mediator) who should have extensive experience in resolving similar business disputes.

Ask about “the Dance” and the process most parties must work through in order to reach an effective settlement.  In many cases the mediator can help the parties to better understand their position in the dispute, applicable law(s) and potential strengths and weaknesses in their position.

Ultimately, the job of the mediator is to help the parties to work effectively through these issues and reach consensus resulting in a settlement agreement. This could bring an end to the dispute.

Business Litigation and Arbitration Attorneys San DiegoArbitration is somewhat similar in that it is governed by an experienced neutral third party (the arbitrator) who issues a ruling on the matter.  The arbitrator establishes the process to establish the positions of each party, gather evidence and testimony and ultimately to resolve the case.

Most arbitration rulings are binding, which means they cannot be appealed.  The advantages of arbitration can include time, money and the elimination of contingent liabilities. Arbitration is designed to more efficiently yet fairly resolve the matter than the expense and duration of a full trial.

Motions and Trial

There are a lot of legal “motions” which take place during business litigation.  Early motions, pre-trial motions and those in the middle of the trial itself.  The Watkins Firm doesn’t recommend filing every motion possible as this often simply a matter of increasing your legal bill.  There are times to pursue a motion and we review the specifics of each with our clients and decide together if they are important, prudent and necessary.

Our goal is to accomplish your objectives in a timely, cost-efficient manner and to work for resolution at each step of the process.  If your dispute needs to go to trial it will.  Your Watkins Firm business litigation attorneys have decades of trial experience.  Ask about the importance of this experience and how most business litigation attorneys simply don’t have that many trials under their belt.  There simply aren’t as many trials today as there was in the 80’s and 90’s and earlier in this century.  The experience of your trial attorney makes a world of difference in the odds of success in your case.

Experienced, Proven San Diego Business Litigation Lawyers

If you have learned of a potential dispute with an employee or another company, are in the midst of a breach of contract dispute, or facing a potential lawsuit our San Diego business litigation attorneys have the extensive experience, legal skill and successful strategies to help. We invite you to review the strong recommendations of our clients and contact the Watkins Firm or call 858-535-1511 for a complimentary consultation today.


Listen to two of our Recent Sound Business Insights Podcasts:
“Episode 11 – Resolving Business Disputes”

Watkins Firm Sound Business Insights - Episode 11 – Resolving Business Disputes

“Episode 12 – Resolving Business Disputes, Part 2″

Watkins Firm Sound Business Insights - Episode 11 – Resolving Business Disputes


A lot of Business Litigation Involves Member or Shareholder Disputes

member or shareholder disputes

Disputes between the owners of a company such as members in an LLC or a partnership dispute can evolve over time, or flare up due to an unforeseen circumstance or the actions of a member, shareholder or officer of the company.  These member or shareholder disputes often include matters such as:

  • Questions about Distributions, or the Accounting of Expenses and Profit
  • Disputes about the Direction of the Company, or the Application of its Resources
  • A Member or Shareholder isn’t Pulling Their Weight or Fulfilling Their Obligations
  • Majority Shareholders Abusing Power to the Disadvantage of Minority Owners
  • A Disagreement or Falling Out Between Co-Owners or Major Shareholders
  • Inability to Answer a “Cash Call” or Meet Other Obligations of Ownership

The Watkins Firm represents business owners, members, shareholders and investors in all types of business disputes and lawsuits.  Draw on our more than 40 years of proven, successful experience and assert your rights while protecting your interests.

Local Representation for Out of State Companies With California Contract Issues

Local San Diego for Out Of State CompaniesIf your company or corporation has dealings with a business in San Diego or southern California and a contract or other dispute has arisen, the Watkins Firm will represent your interests locally.

California courts have a much longer docket than most other states, and business litigation can extend across years.

Even when you believe you are totally in the right and hold all the cards, there may be other strategies to resolve the business litigation that free up necessary capital and assets.

We understand that lawsuits and contract disputes distract corporate members and shareholders from the primary business focus of their company.  We will work closely with you to aggressively protect your interests while bringing valuable expertise in California law and the local business landscape.

Business Litigation in San Diego is All about Experience and Effectiveness

After decades of experience resolving thousands of business disputes and litigation in San Diego and throughout California, we can tell you that the key to resolution lies in experience and effectiveness.  The skill of the Watkins Firm’s attorneys, and the depth of our business experience and expertise allows us to quickly get to the core of an issue, and effectively navigate through the issues of a dispute and the personalities involved to craft a solution that meets our client’s objectives.  If you are involved in a contract dispute or business litigation we invite you to contact us or call for a free consultation at 858-535-1511.  Expedient.  Cost Efficient.  Effective.

Experienced San Diego Business Law Lawyers

Call 858-535-1511 for a Free Consultation

As a business, we understand the importance of protecting your business throughout its lifetime, from formation to eventual sale or dissolution. We get to know your business and understand your goals and objectives so that we can provide the most effective combination of advice and services to help you reach them.  We have worked with literally thousands of local and regional businesses and can help you to avoid business disputes and pitfalls, and prosperously grow your business. Contact us online or call 858-535-1511 to discuss your case with our knowledgeable business litigation lawyers in San Diego, California.



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