LITIGATION & DISPUTE RESOLUTION
We thrive on variety, flexibility, and creativity. Our broad experience provides us with unique insights as to the best strategy to pursue for each new matter. Evidence shows that creative contributions depend on the breadth, not just depth, of knowledge and experience. For that reason, we have never specialized in a particular area, and we do not do the same case from the same side time after time after time. Rather, we represent both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of matters. We know what motivates each side and we understand our opponent’s case as well as our own. This informs our strategy from beginning to end. That’s why we win.
While we handle a wide range of high-stakes litigation, including personal injury, defamation, and class actions, our most extensive experience has been in the business arena, handling complex business litigation, cross-border disputes, and employment matters.
Corporate & Shareholder Disputes
When companies and their boards are sued by their shareholders, it is important to retain counsel experienced in protecting the board and disposing of the claims quickly and effectively.
Mergers & Acquisitions
Sometimes a merger or an acquisition is challenged by a shareholder or a competing bidder. And sometimes one party seeks to terminate the deal. Such situations call for experienced counsel that can guide the company through either negotiations or the court proceedings.
Corporate Government Investigations
When corporations and their boards are confronted with with allegations of wrongdoing by their directors, officers or other employees, it is important to have counsel that can help the board act quickly to investigate the matter and develop a strategy that satisfies the potentially competing interests of the shareholders, the board, the management, and potentially the government, and who can pursue that strategy in court or before various government agencies.
Libel & Slander
The law of defamation dates back to the Ten Commandments: “Thou shall not bear false witness against thy neighbor.” Today, in Florida, the “personal interest in one’s own good name and reputation surpasses economics, business practices or money. It is a fundamental part of personhood, of individual standing and one’s sense of worth.” Lawnwood Med. Ctr., Inc. v. Sadow, 43 So. 3d 710, 729 (Fla. 4th DCA 2010). In fact, Florida law provides an “unusually high protection of personal reputation,” and the “history of Florida law makes clear that that liability alone for intentionally malicious defamation per se will support substantial punishment in punitive damages.”We have prosecuted and defended defamation actions on behalf of both individuals and multi-national companies.
Real Estate and Construction Litigation
We are experienced construction litigators and represent owners, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and design professionals in disputes arising out of projects throughout Florida. The firm represents clients in all types of construction lawsuits, including claims for breach of contract, breach of express or implied warranties, construction defect, construction delay, and malpractice. We have also represented owners of properties involved in actions with contractors for cost overruns and scheduling delays resulting in tens of millions in damages.
Technology & Startup Companies
Start up companies have focused needs. They face all the legal issues of established companies, plus more, but with less infrastructure and resources. Moreover, any litigation is potentially high stakes for start-ups, and it must be dealt with quickly and decisively.
Trademarks & Trade Secrets
Intellectual property may be your most valuable asset. Many forms of business information can be classified as trade secrets, including valuable blueprints, non-public test data, training manuals, designs and models, research products, marketing programs, financial data, business strategies, recruiting techniques, customer information and purchasing programs. AXS lawyers are adept at developing strategies that protect these assets.
Our arbitration practice has taken us to Bangkok, Hong Kong, Moscow, London, Sardinia, Kenya, Colombia, Canada, and Mexico. Arbitration is an excellent way to resolve sensitive private disputes out of the public court system as well as, for defendants, to gain a level of predictability that is sometimes not available in a state court system.
Employment & Non-Competition Litigation
AXS LAW represents employers and employees across a wide range of industries. We offer preventive counseling and litigate all facets of employment disputes. We counsel clients on non-competition agreements and other restrictive covenants, confidentiality agreements, severance agreements, and anti-discrimination laws. On behalf of employers, we bring actions to protect company trade secrets, enforce confidentiality agreements, and defend against claims of wrongful termination.
Intellectual Property Litigation
A company’s most valuable assets are it intellectual property – its trade secrets, trade marks, copyrights, customer lists and patents. We have experience protecting this property in a wide variety of matters. In one case, when we were retained three months before trial, and one month before the close of discovery, we conducted a thorough investigation, won an order finding waiver of the attorney client privilege, deposed all of the principal witnesses, and settled the case with no money changing hands and a covenant never to sue defendants again. We also represented a former CEO in an action against the Virgin Group for misappropriation of a novel business idea, which case was widely reported in the press.