For any business in any industry located anywhere in the world, commercial disputes can present an array of serious problems if not addressed swiftly, efficiently, and cost-effectively. Commercial disputes can jeopardize profitability, reputation, and sometimes the very existence of a business.Our approach to commercial disputes is straight-forward: quickly learn the cause and parameters of the dispute, work proactively with the client to develop a desired outcome and a strategy to achieve that outcome, and then make it happen. Our Commercial Disputes team of more than 500 lawyers in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States has the breadth, depth of experience, and sophistication to successfully address even the most complex and difficult engagements.
The K&L Gates Commercial Disputes practice is strong, experienced, and well-resourced. It presents tremendous capabilities and a powerful platform to handle “must win” business disputes. With experienced lawyers in each of our offices, we are well-equipped to take on the most complex and difficult engagements– anywhere, anytime around the globe. Our dispute resolution lawyers are recognized as being some of the foremost practitioners in their field. Many are ranked internationally and include fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the American Law Institute, and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. We count among our ranks bar association leaders, former senior government officials, and frequent authors and speakers on a wide variety of topics.
Representing both plaintiffs and defendants, we litigate the full spectrum of commercial disputes. The breadth of our experience is reflected not merely in the geographic and substantive span of our work, but also in the industries in which we regularly practice. K&L Gates has litigated and arbitrated major cases in almost every industry and market sector. We work closely with our transactional and finance partners to bring to bear industry-knowledgeable teams with practical experience and industry insight.
The beginning of a case can often be the most critical stage. We employ our own early case assessment techniques to help our clients develop creative dispute resolution strategies, often leading to "win-win" outcomes. Our group resumé is replete with litigation and arbitration wins. From successful pre-litigation settlement success stories to wins before tribunals, trial judges, juries, and appellate courts, our commercial disputes lawyers start and finish each client’s case focused on the specific course of action that will yield the optimal outcome for that particular client.
Our goal is to advance our clients’ business objectives. To reduce litigation risk, we develop compliance programs and provide training. While we are prepared to advocate for our clients if they find themselves in a commercial dispute, we recognize that litigation or arbitration is not the answer to every dispute. When appropriate, we work with our clients to help them resolve their disputes through mediation or other business-focused alternative dispute resolution techniques. However, when conflict is unavoidable, businesses and individuals across the globe turn to K&L Gates.