Atlanta Business Litigation Attorney
Atlanta business litigation attorney Stacey Carroll is a dedicated trial lawyer with hundreds of cases under his belt. He has represented individuals and businesses across a multitude of business law matters in a variety of venues and at all stages of litigation. The Carroll Law Firm is prepared to resolve claims through negotiation and mediation where possible, arbitration where available, and all the way through trial where necessary. We are focused, first and foremost, on furthering your business goals, and we will tailor our representation to your concerns. We will protect your business interests, your reputation, and your individual needs. We aim to resolve any form of business dispute in a manner that is most efficient, effective, fair, and painless for everyone involved. Our firm will be with you every step of the way.
Serving clients and fielding disputes across all areas of business law
At the Carroll Law Firm, we have years of experience handling claims across a wide range of business law arenas, helping plaintiffs get justice and companies defend their practices against unsupported allegations. We serve clients fielding claims including, but not limited to, the following:
- Unfair Competition – We represent claims from consumers and businesses involving unfair and deceptive business practices, business torts, fraud, breach of contracts and fiduciary duties, and any number of other forms of unfair competition. We will not let unscrupulous businesses get away with harming our clients’ financial well-being.
- Partner/Shareholder Disputes – We have experience representing individual partners and shareholders as well as companies dealing with internal disputes related to business management and governance, compensation issues, contract modification, disbursement of shareholder benefits, business dissolution, acquisition, or mergers, as well as allegations of impropriety, self-dealing, or other wrongdoing.
- Employment Disputes – At the Carroll Law Firm, we represent employees and employers handling a wide variety of employment dispute claims, including breach of contract, wage & hour matters, and employee rights claims such as harassment or discrimination.
Our knowledgeable business law team is ready to answer any of your business law questions or give advice on any business law matter affecting you or your company. We aim to resolve issues internally or informally where possible, but we have plenty of experience fighting matters all the way through trial and beyond. We focus on getting efficient and effective results, and we will work with you to structure our representation around your needs.
Atlanta Business Dispute FAQs
Atlanta business law attorney Stacey Carroll has years of experience representing individuals and businesses in a wide range of business law disputes and other matters. Here are some of the common questions we hear from our clients and our general response. Contact the Carroll Law Firm for advice or help with your Atlanta business dispute.
What are common types of disputes that arise between business owners?
If you are starting a business or you have an established business, there are common types of disputes you can expect to arise. These issues are unfortunately common, even for small companies run by family members or friends. Common disputes include breach of fiduciary duty, self-dealing rather than acting in the best interests of the company, breach of partnership or shareholder agreements, breach of employment contracts, disputes over appropriate compensation for executives and other members of management, buyout agreements, noncompete agreements, and arguments about the nature of the company or the ideal business plan going forward.
What are common remedies available in commercial disputes?
A variety of damages and remedies are available in commercial disputes. Claims often include the following:
- Compensatory damages. Money damages to reimburse an aggrieved party for actual costs incurred.
- Consequential and incidental damages. Damages that arise as a foreseeable consequence of a breach of contract.
- Punitive damages. If a breach was intentional, repeated, or otherwise especially egregious (such as if it involved fraud), you might be able to seek punitive damages. Punitive damages are intended to punish a wrongdoer who acted offensively, tacking on costs beyond what was suffered by the aggrieved party.
- Liquidated damages. Contracts may have a set provision for the calculation of damages in the event of a breach, replacing other available damages.
- Attorneys’ fees and costs. Many commercial dispute plaintiffs can recover the cost of the legal expenses for bringing their claims if the contract provides for the recovery of attorneys’ fees in the event of a breach. Generally, unless the agreement provides for recovery of fees and costs, the losing party will not have to pay.
- Rescission. Rescission is essentially permission to cancel the contract, excusing the parties from further performance.
- Reformation. You may be able to modify the terms of a contract to make them more precise or fairer.
- Specific performance. In some instances, you can ask a court to force the other party to fulfill their contractual duty when money damages would not adequately compensate for your loss.
Do I need a lawyer for my small business dispute?
You may think that your business dispute does not require legal help. Your company may be small, the conflict may only exist between family or friends, and you may not see the prospect of litigation as very likely. But if your matter involves a genuine legal dispute, be it a breach of contract, a shareholder or partnership matter, an employment contract dispute, or other business law matter, it is vital to have a knowledgeable legal advocate on your side. Your lawyer can help you de-escalate and keep things out of court as well as fight on your behalf should the matter make it to court. Having legal advocates on both sides can help the matter from becoming personal and combative, preserving friendships and familial relationships by keeping the business side of things separate and logical. If your business is facing a legal dispute, it is almost always worth retaining a seasoned business law attorney at least for advice, and to help negotiate or litigate the matter should the need arise.
Is arbitration (or mediation) a better option than litigation for my business dispute?
Arbitration and mediation are alternative forms of dispute resolution that supplant or replace the need to go to court. These forms of dispute resolution are meant to be more collaborative, less combative, less formal, and more cost-effective than going through the litigation process. Mediation involves collaborative negotiation between the parties, each represented by counsel, with a neutral mediator helping to resolve any disputes. Arbitration is like a less formal court proceeding in which both sides present a case before a neutral arbitrator who makes either nonbinding or binding decisions on the outcome of the dispute. Arbitration is great for situations in which both parties are equal in terms of power and resources but is less useful when one party has a clear advantage over the other (for example, consumers vs. large companies). Whether you go to court or use these alternative methods of dispute resolution, you still want a dedicated and professional legal advocate in your corner. Your business law attorney can help you decide whether alternative dispute resolution or traditional litigation is a better route for your legal dispute.
We know business, we know finance, and we know the law
Atlanta business litigation attorney Stacey Carroll is not just an expert trial lawyer with hundreds of lawsuits involving millions of dollars under his belt. He is also a former Certified Public Accountant for a major accounting firm. Mr. Carroll has represented both individuals and businesses, dealing with the most complex and technical legal and financial accounting issues. If you retain the Carroll Law Firm, you get the benefit of Mr. Carroll’s combined law and finance background. Our firm’s vast and varied experience serves to allow Mr. Carroll to fully understand the complicated business and financial underpinnings of his clients’ business law matters and translate those issues into digestible, comprehensible, and effective legal arguments to persuade judges and juries of his clients’ side of the numerous cases he has handled.
Call Our Atlanta Business Litigation Attorney for Help With a Dispute
Whether you are a consumer, a company fighting with another company, or fielding an internal dispute between shareholders, partners, or employees, you need a sound legal team on your side with experience in law, finance, and business. Call the knowledgeable and detail-oriented Atlanta business litigation attorney at the Carroll Law Firm at 404-816-4555 for assistance with a Georgia business dispute.