Legal Blogs

Addressing Sensitive Partnership Disputes

rtnership disputes 2The attorneys here at Brown & Charbonneau have wide-ranging expertise with all of the different types of business law matters that can arise. One area of specialization for our firm is partnership dispute cases, and when you engage us, you can rest assured that you will be in good hands.

Our Orange County partnership dispute attorneys have over 75 years of combined experience, and this is a level of seasoning that is hard to match. We go the extra mile to maintain our very strong track record, and we build long lasting relationships with clients that recognize the efficacy of our representation. They give us referrals as well, and this recognition is quite gratifying.

When you have a dispute with a business partner, it can be very difficult on a number of different levels. In many instances, people go into business together because they are friends or members of the same family, so contentious interactions can be very sensitive. Even if there is no close personal relationship, there is a business relationship that should remain amicable and constructive.

Unfortunately, sometimes no common ground can be arrived at by partners that are embroiled in a dispute. There can be honest disagreements that simply cannot be resolved, and in other cases, there can be a criminal act or a breach of fiduciary duty. Regardless of the underlying circumstances, an Orange County partnership dispute attorney from our firm can guide the matter toward a resolution.

In many instances, a settlement can be negotiated between the business partners that are having a dispute. Since we have vast experience handling these types of cases, we have finely honed negotiating skills, and we put them to good use when we represent a client. Of course, there are situations that cannot be resolved through negotiations, and there are other options that can be explored.

Alternate dispute resolution processes can be quite fruitful when there is a stalemate. The two most common forms of alternate dispute resolutions are mediation and arbitration. This is an explanation that has been provided by Cornell University Law School:

Mediation is also an informal alternative to litigation. Mediators are individuals trained in negotiations, who bring opposing parties together and attempt to work out a settlement or agreement that both parties accept or reject. Mediation is used for a wide gamut of case-types ranging from juvenile felonies to federal government negotiations with Native American Indian tribes. Mediation has also become a significant method for resolving disputes between investors and their stock brokers.

Arbitration is a simplified version of a trial involving limited discovery and simplified rules of evidence. The arbitration is headed and decided by an arbitral panel. To comprise a panel, either both sides agree on one arbitrator, or each side selects one arbitrator and the two arbitrators elect the third. Arbitration hearings usually last between a few days to a week, and the panel only meets for a few hours per day. The panel then deliberates and issues a written decision, or arbitral award.

Of course, there are cases that must go to trial when all of these methods do not bear fruit. This is where we excel, because our team of certified trial specialists is well-equipped to represent our partnership dispute clients. We fully understand all applicable laws when it comes to every type of partnership dispute, and we are thoroughly prepared when we enter the courtroom.

Schedule a Consultation Today!

Our doors are open if you would like to discuss a troublesome situation with an Orange County partnership dispute resolution attorney from our firm. One of our great strengths is our ability to communicate candidly and clearly with our clients, and we are very responsive every step of the way when you engage our representation.

Now is the time for action if you are involved in a partnership dispute, and you can call us at 714-406-4554 to schedule a consultation appointment. If you would prefer to reach out electronically, simply fill out the contact form that we have on this website.