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New York Business Litigation Lawyer

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Business litigation occurs when there is a legal dispute between businesses rather than individuals. In many cases, small businesses may find themselves at an unfair disadvantage when large corporations engage in illegal, deceptive, or abusive practices. Although large corporations have vast resources in comparison to small businesses, at Lanier Law Firm, our New York business litigation lawyers pride themselves on helping small businesses hold large corporations accountable.

New York Business Litigation Laws

The state of New York strictly regulates business operations for virtually every type of industry that operates within the state. Business entities that fail to follow New York statutes are subject to judicial dissolution by the New York Attorney General and face civil liability when their illegal or unfair practices cause harm to others.

The laws of the state of New York strictly forbid monopolies, unfair and deceptive acts and practices, and any other activity that unfairly takes advantage of other businesses or the public.


Types of Cases Handled by Lanier’s Business Litigation Practice Group

Lanier Law Firm is committed to helping businesses receive fair treatment from other businesses. We have experience handling a variety of case types, with the most common listed below.



Antitrust cases most often involve large companies that engage in practices that impair smaller businesses’ ability to offer competing products and services. Antitrust activities not only harm small businesses, but they harm consumers by limiting choice. Big tech companies are often a culprit. Lanier Law Firm is currently involved in multi-state litigation against tech giant Google.

breach of contract

Breach of Contract

Breach of contract occurs when a company fails to comply with the terms of a bonafide contract. Signed contracts between businesses are legally binding and enforceable. Breach of contact can cause extensive damage to a company that has operated in anticipation of another company’s compliance.



Fraud occurs when deceptive measures are used to obtain funds, goods, or services. Fraud can be internal or external. Corporations commit fraud when they use deceptive billing practices or access company resources without proper authorization. Internal fraud occurs when employees use dishonest means to gain access to company resources.

oil and gas litigation

Oil and Gas Litigation

Energy disputes occur due to the complex nature of these transactions and the number of parties involved in transactions. Disputes most commonly arise due to the following issues:

  • Exploration and surface user disputes
  • Express and implied covenant disputes in oil and gas leases
employment disputes

Employment Disputes

Employment disputes can occur at any point during an employee’s tenure, but they most often occur upon termination of employment. Disputes can arise from multiple factors:

  • Wage or commission disputes
  • Discrimination or harassment claims
  • Wrongful termination allegations
  • Severance disputes
patent or trademark infringement

Patent or Trademark Infringement

Intellectual property is protected by federal laws and state statutes. When a company uses your product or trademarked logo or symbols without authorization, litigation may be necessary to stop the offender from illegally using your property and provide compensation for illegal use.

Mediation, Arbitration, & Litigation

Resolving disputes between businesses does not always require a courtroom trial. In fact, many business contracts require the use of alternate forms of contract resolution, including mediation and arbitration.

  • Mediation – a form of dispute resolution involving a third party called a mediator who actively participates in the discussion between parties to negotiate a mutually satisfactory resolution
  • Arbitration – an informal hearing outside of court that involves a third party, called an arbitrator, who hears the arguments from both sides and renders a legally binding decision without actively participating in the discussion
  • Litigation – a courtroom trial
When business contracts require dispute resolution through mediation or arbitration, litigation may not be an option. In other cases, litigation may be the only option. This necessitates a business attorney who is skilled in both negotiation and litigation.

Working with The Lanier Law Firm’s Business Litigation Group

The Lanier Law Firm has a long track record of success representing small businesses against large corporations. Large corporations are not above the law, and we pride ourselves on leveling the playing field for small businesses by providing effective counsel, representation, and resources that empower small businesses to stand up to large corporations.

Successful Cases

The Lanier Law Firm is well-known for obtaining substantial confidential settlements in high-profile cases, often involving small businesses or individuals against much more powerful entities. Here are a few examples:

  • A breach of contract settlement between a news producer and a major broadcast network
  • A lawsuit against a large foreign corporation for fraud and breach of contract against a small company that creates and licenses industrial software
  • A noted national pharmaceutical-benefits provider in a significant breach-of-contract matter against a major New York metropolitan-area healthcare association
  • Negotiating a precedent-setting settlement for a national sugar association trade group and several of the largest U.S. sugar manufacturers regarding a false promotion lawsuit against one of the world’s leading distributors of artificial sweeteners.
  • Representing a well-published musician in a copyright matter to determine the rights maintained by the musician and subsequent copyright claims against a record label; 

Evan M. Janush, who oversees the New York business litigation efforts for The Lanier Law Firm, has been honored twice by the National Trial Lawyers Association as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer in New York (2011,2012). He has handled significant appeals, motions, and arguments that have led to numerous favorable settlements for our clients.

Our New York Office

Our New York Office is conveniently located in Midtown Manhattan at the following address:

535 Madison Ave

New York, NY 10022

Our telephone number is (212) 421-2800

The experienced business litigation attorneys at The Lanier Law Firm have the skills and resources to handle any business dispute. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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