SAN DIEGO INVESTMENT OR INVESTOR DISPUTE ATTORNEY
Are you searching for a San Diego investment or investor dispute attorney? Are you an investor, parenter, member or shareholder in an LLC, corporation, partnership or real estate deal and have become involved in a dispute with the company or it’s owners?
The experienced investor dispute resolution attorneys at the Watkins Firm have a successful, proven track record in these cases for more than four decades.
We have helped thousands of investors, shareholders, members and partners to resolve disputes and lawsuits while protecting their money and interests.
The Watkins Firm takes a unique approach to investor and hareholder disputes which is designed to resolve disputes and achieve your goals in a timely and cost-efficient manner.
The most important news you may want to hear is the Watkins Firm is able to resolve the vast majority of investor-related disputes and lawsuits through effective, leveraged negotiation. This is the fastest and least expensive strategy to accomplish most of our client’s goals and objectives.
At the Watkins Firm, we help investors to resolve investment disputes and assert their rights through litigation if necessary. We also advise companies on steps they can take to clarify investor rights in order to avoid potential conflicts.
If you are working through an investment or investor dispute we invite you to listen to our podcast on Shareholders’ Rights and Disputes, review the strong recommendations of our clients and contact the Watkins Firm or call 858-535-1511 for a complimentary consultation today.
How Do Investors Become involved in a Dispute or Lawsuit
There are a variety of reasons why investors may be involved in a dispute or lawsuit. As an experienced San Diego investment or investor dispute attorney we unfortunately see it to often. The primary reason for an investor or investment related dispute is money. In many cases, the company or it’s majority shareholders or officers are trying to provide an excuse for not paying what you believe was agreed to. In other cases we have defended our clients from outright schemes to defraud or manipulate the situation to keep the money for themselves.
In one actual Watkins Firm case, after almost 5 years from the point of investment a group of investors were told “based upon continuing losses we are dissolving the company. ” In effect, “you’ve lost your investment.”
Six months later, these investors noted those same individuals were driving very expensive cars and one had recently acquired an expensive home. The concerned investors retained the Watkins Firm and we learned that the three principles had taken the idea overseas, formed a new company and were making money hand over fist. You better believe we were able to achieve a very positive outcome for our clients in that case, and the odds are very good we will be able to achieve a positive outcome in the investment dispute cases we accept.
Some of these reasons investors become involved in a dispute include, but are not limited to:
- Failure to Make Agreed Upon Payments or Share of Dividends or Profits
- Merger or Acquisition
- Sale of the Corporation
- Minority shareholder or investor or investment Disputes
- Dissenting Investors or Shareholders – those who do not agree with a proposed sale or merger
- Investor or Shareholder Oppression and Freeze Outs – when minority investors are denied rights or distributions, or an acquiring company buys the investor’s interest for “fair cash value”
- Derivative Actions – a lawsuit on behalf of the company itself
- Access to Corporate Books and Corporate Records or Correspondence
The Steps to Resolve a Southern California or San Diego Investment or Investor Dispute
What are the steps to involve most investment related disputes in Southern California? Your San Diego investment or investor dispute attorney at the Watkins Firm is most often able to resolve questions of investor or shareholder or rights through effective, leveraged negotiation. The Watkins Firm works to identify your available options and understand your goals and objectives for a successful outcome. We open constructive professional negotiations designed to identify common ground while discussing the core issues involved in the dispute. California law provides additional protections and specific rights to minority investor interests. This is true regardless of the actual state of incorporation.
In some cases we are simply able to counsel our clients on the law in their case and provide insight and ideas on how to negotiate their own resolution. When our clients wish for us to become involved, we put the opposing interest(s) on notice and assert our client’s rights. We work to resolve the issues and negotiate a resolution or settlement which accomplishes our client’s goals. When negotiation does not resolve part or all of the issues within the dispute, we represent our clients in mediation and arbitration.
Mediation is a private, confidential and more informal venue which keeps your business and financial information out of the public record. The parties select a neutral third party who is an expert in investor and investment rights and disputes. We work with the mediator and other parties to identify alternatives and reach agreement or settlement.
Many contracts specify arbitration as an alternative to trial in a Court of Law. Arbitration is a much more legally structured venue. We work to help select an effective, neutral arbitrator to hear the case. We provide the arbitrator with a well crafted brief. The arbitrator will collect evidence and witness testimony and render a decision within a short period of time.
It is rare for these cases to go to a trial, but your experienced San Diego investment or investor dispute attorney has a strong track record of proven success across decades in Southern California trials. From the outset of your case we work to clearly establish your goals and objectives and then work to accomplish them in the most timely and cost-effective manner. You can and will play an active role in the process.
Protecting Southern California and San Diego Investors for More than 40 Years
Are you involved in a business dispute over an investment in Southern California? You need an experienced, proven San Diego investment or investor dispute attorney from the Watkins Firm. These cases involve investors in small ventures as well as those who are standing up to national concerns.
While we do not work in securities or publicly traded investments, we do represent majority and minority investors and shareholders in disputes and litigation matters.
Are you searching for an attorney with a proven track record of success in cases just like yours? Are you looking for a practical attorney who is focused upon a timely and cost-efficient resolution of your case while absolutely standing up for and accomplishing your goals and objectives?
You need an attorney who can protect your interests in any legal venue while achieving a successful outcome in your case. We have represented a substantial number of individuals and groups of individuals in investor, member and shareholder actions over the past 40 years. Ask about the successful results we’ve achieved in those cases and the type of result we believe we can achieve for you.