NJ Commercial Law & Litigation Lawyer

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No matter what your business does or how large it is, you are bound to encounter legal issues at some point. Whether it’s a dispute with a partner or shareholder, an accusation of breach of contract, a dispute with a creditor, or other matters, you need to ensure your interests are protected. Without help from an experienced commercial litigation team, you could put the financial success of your business at risk.

The New Jersey commercial litigation lawyers at Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman can handle all your business disputes. For more than 40 years, our New Jersey commercial litigation attorneys have helped companies navigate all kinds of legal disputes and litigation. Our long history and skilled legal team give us the expertise and the resources to handle even the most complicated cases.

Contact us today for a confidential case review and find out how we can help you and your business.

Why You Should Choose Our Attorneys for Your Business Disputes

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At Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman, our experience runs deep with commercial law & litigation matters. The attorneys who make up our commercial litigation department have 139 combined years of experience. Our New Jersey commercial litigation attorneys have been in practice for 35 years on average.

The New Jersey commercial litigation attorneys at Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman are highly skilled and experienced with complex commercial litigation. Our team includes lawyers with accounting backgrounds and Master of Law degree in taxation. We are well versed in analyzing financial documents, including tax returns, bank statements, and financial statements.

At Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman, our lawyers have represented businesses in a wide range of legal matters. That includes negotiating and drafting contracts, navigating insurance issues, and resolving disagreements with other businesses or co-owners. We have also represented many families and individuals in business related disputes.

Our New Jersey commercial law & litigation lawyers have earned a reputation for honesty, intelligence, responsiveness, and commitment to protecting our clients’ interests. We have earned the trust and respect of judges, lawyers, and businesspeople throughout New Jersey.

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We are also proud to say that our clients frequently recommend us to family, friends and colleagues. Other attorneys also frequently refer clients to us. In fact, four out of every five of our clients were referred to us by friends, relatives, colleagues, or other lawyers in New Jersey. Many of our clients have also hired us to represent them in multiple disputes because they know we get the job done.

We have a thorough understanding of commercial and business law as it relates to legal rights and responsibilities. We are highly regarded as strategic thinkers and persuasive legal writers. Our lawyers have published scholarly articles on commercial litigation issues and have been involved in cases that resulted in published appellate decisions. Two of our attorneys have 15 years of specialized experience in partition litigation.

No matter how legally or factually complex a case is or how many parties are involved, we can help you understand your options and decide on the best way forward. Our law firm takes a team approach, so you benefit from the collective skills of our team of attorneys to accomplish your goals.

Our team has skilled negotiators, including a Harvard-trained mediation specialist. It is usually most efficient and cost effective to resolve business disputes through negotiation, but it is well known in the legal community that Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman lawyers will not hesitate to take a case to trial if necessary.


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Our Commercial Law & Litigation attorneys are highly skilled and experienced with complex commercial litigation. Our team includes lawyers with accounting backgrounds and Master of Law degree in taxation. We are well versed in analyzing financial documents, including tax returns, bank statements, and financial statements. 


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Types of Commercial Litigation Issues We Handle

A commercial litigation firm has to have a well-stocked toolbox, as types of business disputes are wide ranging. Our New Jersey business litigation lawyers have experience with a wide range of cases, including:

Disputes Between Businesses

Disputes between businesses are inevitable, but when the conflict heats up, you want to know you have experienced counsel on your side. Business disputes come in many different forms. For example, you might need to renegotiate a contract with a vendor who is not upholding their end of the agreement or demand restitution from a company that uses your products or services but is refusing to pay. You may have a contract interpretation dispute with another business. No matter what the issue is, you need an attorney who knows the law, will put the time in to understand your business, and is ready to protect your rights.

Disputes Within Businesses

An internal disagreement between owners, partners, or shareholders can be just as harmful as any external dispute with another business. If owners or partners cannot agree on a strategy or how to allocate resources or distribution of profit, the company will suffer. Bitter arguments can also happen when one partner wants to retire from a business or becomes involved in a protracted divorce, especially if there is no plan to account for changes in ownership. These disputes can have severe consequences if not amicably and expeditiously resolved. A lawyer can usually bring all the parties in the conflict together and help find a mutually beneficial solution.

Contract Disputes

Contracts are the foundation of nearly all business relationships. Managers and owners sign contracts with employees, partners sign ownership agreements, businesses negotiate contracts for goods and services, and so on. Depending on the circumstances, a breach of contract can have profound financial implications. If you are involved in a contract dispute, a commercial litigation attorney can review the agreement and help determine the best way to proceed. Similarly, a lawyer should review any contract you are about to sign so that you fully understand the terms and conditions.

Partition Litigation

When real property is owned by more than one party – whether they are individuals or businesses – a dispute can arise when the co-owners disagree about selling the real estate. A partition action may be necessary to divide the property or dispose of it through a sale and distribution of the proceeds. At Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman, our team of NJ commercial litigation attorneys includes two lawyers with 15 years special expertise in partition litigation.

Shareholder Disputes

Disputes between shareholders can have an enormous effect on a business regardless of its size. If a shareholder commits some form of misconduct, the company could face significant financial or legal repercussions. Disputes can also arise when a major shareholder disagrees with the direction a business is taking. Business executives have an obligation to their shareholders, which can lead to disputes should those shareholders feel that those obligations aren’t being met. A shareholder or group of shareholders may sue to obtain their share of the business’s profits, plunging the company into a prolonged legal battle. No matter what side of a shareholder dispute you are on, a commercial litigation attorney can help you enforce your rights and seek a satisfactory resolution.

Breach of Fiduciary Duty

Fiduciary relationships are the cornerstone of many businesses, and when someone fails in their fiduciary duty, the consequences can be disastrous. For example, a board of directors must act in the company’s best interest and prioritizing their own profits above that is a clear breach of fiduciary duty; the same goes for a partner. Whether you are the party alleging a breach of fiduciary duty or the one accused of breaching your duty, a New Jersey commercial litigation lawyer can help you build your case and protect your interests.

Derivative Actions

As the principal owners in a corporation, shareholders have certain rights, including concerning how the business operates. If a board member, executive, or another party in the corporation is acting in a way that damages the company, it is the shareholders who will ultimately suffer. There are many reasons why shareholders may file a derivative action suit, from insider trading by executives to managers wasting corporate assets and from violating environmental regulations to backdating stock options. In cases like these, a shareholder can file a derivative action on behalf of the company against a negligent executive, board member, or another party. These suits allow shareholders to protect their interests and the interests of the business as a whole.

Insurance Coverage Disputes

Accidents and sickness happen, which is why you have insurance. But insurance companies are businesses, too, and they will often look for any excuse to deny a claim or not pay you what you are rightfully entitled. The insurance companies are out to protect their bottom line, but you also need to protect yours. If you are in a dispute with your insurer, a New Jersey commercial litigation lawyer can review your policy, determine if you are covered for the incident in question, and help you demand that your insurer honor their commitment.

Bad Faith

When two or more parties sign a contract, there is an expectation that the parties will make a good-faith effort to uphold the terms of their agreement. Unfortunately, this reasonable expectation is not always met. One typical example of bad-faith behavior is when one party engages in fraudulent conduct to hurt another party with whom they have a business relationship. Another common type of bad-faith litigation involves insurance companies which do not pay claims they are contractually bound to pay. Insurance companies may try to deny a legitimate claim to save money, which can have serious material consequences for the claimant relying on that coverage. Our commercial litigation lawyers are fully prepared to enforce a contract when the other party acts in bad faith.

Debtor/Creditor Litigation

A business never wants to find itself in a dispute with a creditor, but such disputes do happen. These disputes are typically highly charged because of the stakes. If you are involved in a dispute with a creditor, you will likely benefit from a commercial litigation lawyer’s help. An attorney can make sure creditors honor the terms of the loan agreement to prevent them from taking advantage of you. Similarly, disputes with someone who owes you money can be just as contentious. A New Jersey commercial litigation attorney can help you enforce your rights and collect on any outstanding debts more quickly

Real Estate Litigation

If you are buying or leasing a property for your business, it is imperative to have a lawyer review any documents related to the transaction before you sign them. Furthermore, you may need the help of a lawyer if the owner is not meeting their obligations to maintain the property. On the other hand, landlords also have to make sure tenants honor the terms of a lease. If a business tenant is not paying rent or damaging your property, a New Jersey commercial litigation lawyer can help you enforce your rights and collect any money you are owed.

Fraud and Misrepresentation

Fraud or misrepresentation occurs when an individual or a business carries out a deceptive act to induce another to do something, such as entering into a contract or purchasing goods or services. If you or your business have been the victim of fraud or misrepresentation, a Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman commercial litigation attorney can help you recover compensation for any losses you suffered as a result.

Business Tort Litigation

A business tort is a wrongful act committed by one business entity against another and may be addressed through a lawsuit. Business torts cover a wide range of disputes, from claims related to tortious interference with prospective economic advantage, unfair competition, and trade libel. The bottom line is if your business has been the victim of negligence, fraud, or intentional harm, you have the right to financial compensation for the harm that you’ve suffered. Our experienced commercial litigators are highly skilled trial attorneys who will aggressively fight for your rights. We are ready to pursue full compensation for your losses.

What to Expect During a Consultation with Our New Jersey Commercial Litigation Attorneys

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The health of your business is one of your top priorities. The NJ commercial litigation lawyers at Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman are prepared to make it one of ours as well.

We have handled a broad range of litigation-related cases involving businesses of every size and type, which gives us a wide range of experience and knowledge to draw from. Whether you are defending yourself from allegations made by another party or are looking for financial relief because of another party’s wrongdoing, we are prepared to investigate the case, determine your legal options, and pursue a satisfactory resolution.

We are ready to discuss your situation and how we can help as soon as you reach out to us for a confidential consultation. During your discussion with our attorneys, we will:

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  • Meet with you in person or on Zoom
  • Review all the documents related to your situation
  • Ask you to present a timeline of the events in question
  • Ask pertinent questions following your presentation
  • Provide you with open and honest advice and reasons for the advice
  • Identify potential pitfalls in the case
  • Explain the procedures relevant to filing suit or responding to an already-filed lawsuit
  • Remain keenly aware of costs and discuss the cost-control methods we implement
  • Make a risk-reward analysis so you can make an informed decision
  • Present alternative dispute resolution options with the pros and cons of each
  • Discuss available fee arrangement options
  • Be available to provide an opinion letter to help you decide how to move forward

Our Commercial Law & Litigation Attorneys

If you’re looking for a New Jersey commercial litigation attorney, you should prioritize someone who is a good listener and communicator, knowledgeable, and available when you need them. These are all attributes that apply to our NJ commercial law & litigation lawyers. We will always return calls or emails as soon as possible, and we always treat our clients with respect and professionalism. If you want to know more about our services, we would be delighted to arrange a consultation at your convenience.


Contact Our New Jersey Commercial Litigation Attorneys to Discuss Your Situation

The NJ commercial litigation attorneys at Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman have earned our reputation for excellence over nearly a century of practice. We are ready to put this experience to work on your behalf. Contact our office today for a consultation about your situation and how we can help resolve it.

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