Most business litigation arises, at its core, from a dispute over the meaning, interpretation, and effect of the terms of contracts entered into by the business. We can assist you in those matters, including disputes involving:
- third parties, such as suppliers, vendors, and the like
- partners, shareholders, and other co-owners
- licensees and distributors
- employees (see our “employment law” tab)
We can also provide advice and counsel to help business owners avoid these sorts of problems, including negotiating termination and severance agreements for employees, executives, and partners, shareholders, or others with an equity stake in the business.
Often times, a small provision in a contract can have enormous consequences for the client. For example, in 2009, Mr. Torrez successfully arbitrated a contractual dispute over the meaning of a single sentence in a contract between an insurance runoff entity and Ashland, Inc., an oil and chemical company, concerning how the runoff entity would make various payments for asbestos liabilities incurred by Ashland. When Mr. Torrez prevailed in arbitration, he saved his clients more than $200 million in net present value due to the timing and methodology of the payments made pursuant to that contract. The arbitration award was upheld on appeal. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s, London v. Ashland, Inc., 967 A.2d 166 (D.C. 2009).
Of course, not every breach-of-contract dispute is a multi-hundred-million-dollar case, and Mr. Torrez has worked closely with individuals and small businesses to craft effective litigation strategies in a wide range of cases. For more information about how Mr. Torrez can assist you with your business disputes, please contact the Law Offices of P. Andrew Torrez at (240) 230-7309 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.