The attorneys at Dobrowski Larkin & Stafford LLP in Houston, Texas, focus on the following areas of practice:
In this day and age, litigation is often time-consuming and costly, and in many instances parties are required or may choose to arbitrate, mediate or undertake other forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). Our reputation for thorough preparation and aggressive advocacy enables our clients to obtain a favorable outcome in ADR. We have substantial experience in many types of ADR including: arbitration, mediation, summary jury trials, and moderated settlements. Having an attorney experienced with ADR is essential to help protect your rights and interests in these proceedings.
DLS handles appeals in matters arising from trials in which the firm is involved as well as acting as appellate counsel in appeals in cases tried by other attorneys both in Texas and other states. DLS has worked on appeals related to decisions confirming and vacating arbitration awards, defending favorable trial-court decisions tried by the firm, and challenging decisions wrongly decided at the trial level. DLS’s lawyers have handled appeals before the federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and Texas intermediate courts of appeals including the First, Third, Sixth, and Fourteenth courts; and has filed and responded to petitions for review to the Texas Supreme Court. Jeffrey C. Alexander and Cody Stafford, of the firm, are members of the bar of the United States Supreme Court.
DLS attorneys have appeared in United States Bankruptcy Court when required as part of the representation of clients in disputes in which DLS has been employed. We represent clients in adversary proceedings in Bankruptcy Court. We have also been retained by clients to pursue claims outside Bankruptcy Court as needed. We may associate bankruptcy counsel as needed in connection with such representation.
Business and commercial litigation involves a detailed understanding of the parties’ business and their contractual relationships. Our firm has successfully handled complex and challenging cases on behalf of our clients. Representing both plaintiffs and defendants gives us unique insight into the strategies and preparation needed to obtain success in business or commercial disputes.
DLS’s trial lawyers routinely prosecute and defend parties embroiled in business disputes of all shapes and sizes. If your business is injured through the intentional, reckless, or negligent act of another business or individual, DLS will assist you in assessing and pursuing all available monetary damages or injunctive relief in civil court.
DLS has represented parties in class action lawsuits and multi-district litigation involving a host of goods and services.
Successfully litigating a construction dispute requires attention to detail and a successful strategy. Our attorneys understand the industry, the law, and our client’s objectives. Our experience and dedication to preparation are key to our clients’ success.
DLS’s lawyers handle matters in virtually every substantive area of contract law. DLS routinely handles dispute ranging from straightforward breach-of-contract claims to highly complex, multi-party, international commercial disputes. And no matter the size of your dispute, DLS prides itself on working with its clients to ensure that each matter is properly staffed to achieve successful resolution while ensuring cost-effective and efficient results.
DLS has significant experience asserting and defending claims of breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, or misrepresentation against corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, and their directors, officers and managers. Our attorneys have handled numerous complex cases involving large, national corporations, as well as small, locally-owned companies. Our attorneys also understand that these lawsuits often involve insurance policies protecting companies, their officers and board members. DLS attorneys work to maximize the insurance protection that may be available to clients through their D&O policies.
We represent clients in various employment disputes that involve state and federal employment discrimination matters, requiring an extensive knowledge of the myriad state and federal laws that affect our clients’ businesses. Our firm has represented employers and employees from executive-level management to general laborers in disputes involving employment contracts, non-competition and non-disclosure agreements, and trade secret disputes.
Whether you are an owner, developer, contractor, subcontractor, supplier, or vendor, DLS provides top-tier litigation services across all aspects of construction and engineering litigation. From litigation-avoidance to aggressive prosecution of your claims, DLS has consistently provided its clients with excellent results.
Fraud claims in Texas involve interactions between parties to a transaction. DLS often confronts situations in which the prospect of fraud looms over the transaction. Understanding the nuances of a fraud claim requires an intimate understanding of the law and experience in prosecuting or defending against such claims. The lawyers at DLS possess that experience and insight. We understand how to evaluate a fraud claim and build a successful strategy to pursue or defend against such claims.
DLS has experience in litigation involving professionals – including lawyers, engineers, architects, design professionals, and others – who are sued for malpractice. Our attorneys understand how significant and complicated malpractice cases can be, and they work aggressively to resolve the matter. Though our attorneys have tried malpractice cases, they also have experience in alternatives to litigation such as arbitration and mediation.
Our lawyers represent clients in multi-million dollar lawsuits on both sides of the bar, both in Texas and around the country. Our clients include both public and private companies, offshore and on-shore drilling companies, pipeline companies, oil and gas exploration companies, and a variety of oilfield services companies.
When partnerships end, breaking up can be challenging. A bitter fight based on emotions rather than good business judgment can increase the financial impact of a dissolution. Hiring counsel allows partners to negotiate from a position of strength and without emotion, decreasing the potential financial impact. And if the break up results in litigation, the attorneys at DLS have extensive experience advising and representing partners who have decided to end their business relationships.
DLS has been recognized for major victories in fiduciary litigation. Our attorneys have broad experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants. We represent officers and directors, trustees and beneficiaries, and partners in a variety of cases involving fiduciary obligations.
Our firm has represented product manufacturers accused of designing, manufacturing or marketing defective or dangerous products. In such cases, we know your business reputation and survival is at stake. We work to develop a keen understanding of the manufacturing process, supply chain, and marketing. With this information, we develop a strategy designed to obtain a successful result.
We have extensive experience in real estate litigation. Our attorneys represent developers and property owners involved in disputes related to ownership rights, tenant issues, construction disputes, environmental issues, and insurance matters. We also represent buyers and sellers in a wide range of commercial and residential real estate disputes.
At DLS, we represent clients involved in securities cases involving fraud, misconduct, and breach of fiduciary duty. We have represented banks, investors and investment professionals in a variety of disputes.
The attorneys at DLS have extensive experience representing both companies and shareholders related to corporate-governance disputes. DLS regularly prosecutes and defends cases involving minority shareholders, buy-sell agreements, and executive compensation or buyouts.
The attorneys of DLS frequently represent clients in trust and estate litigation. We understand that trust and estate litigation may be particularly contentious and emotionally charged. The complexity of family interactions and transactions and the legal procedures involved in trust and estate litigation require experienced counsel. DLS has been in cases involving the construction and validity of estate planning documents; dissatisfaction with a decedent’s estate plan; disinheritance; mixed family disagreements; accounting issues; allegations of fraud, coercion, or undue influence; beneficiary disagreements; and allegations of breach of fiduciary duty. Our attorneys understand the distinct and overlapping concerns of beneficiaries, fiduciaries, and third parties related to trusts and estates. Our experience in litigation procedure and strategies allow us to serve the best interests of our clients.