If you run a small business in Texas, there will be times when disputes arise. They could be disputes with customers, suppliers, employees, rival businesses or even disputes within the leadership of your company. If a disagreement cannot be resolved and requires litigation, it is crucial to have an experienced business trial attorney on your side as soon as possible.
Following are two of the most common types of business disputes that may require litigation to resolve:
1. Partnership disputes
If the structure of your business is a partnership, a dispute between the partners could threaten the entire operation. If an existing partnership agreement outlines the roles, duties and stakes of each partner, that agreement may need to be closely scrutinized. An experienced litigation attorney can fully assess your circumstances and effectively advocate for you from a position of strength.
Partnership disputes must be handled with great care and a strategic, forward-thinking approach. Whatever the situation may be, it is always best to prepare for possible litigation, even if the dispute is ultimately resolved outside of court. Preparing your case for litigation puts you in a position to negotiate strongly for the outcome you desire.
2. Employment disputes
Disputes with employees are common, and perhaps unavoidable for every employer. Some employment disputes can be resolved relatively easily outside of court, but others — for example, non-disclosure violations or non-compete violations — may require an aggressive litigation strategy.
Some employees have fiduciary duties, and a breach of those duties could pose an existential threat to the company. Unfortunately, in some cases, employers are blindsided by egregious breaches of fiduciary duty that may even incur criminal liability: for example, cases of employee embezzlement. The importance of sound and effective legal representation in these matters cannot be overstated.
Get the legal representation you need
It is never easy to run a business while also worrying about a dispute with a partner or an employee. However, it can be a great relief to know that you have an experienced and proven litigator on your side when a dispute arises. To learn more about these matters, please see our business litigation overview.