Madison Commercial Law and Business Attorney
At W.R. Stewart & Associates in Madison, Wisconsin, our attorneys assist our business and commercial clients with many types of legal and organizational matters. Whether you need legal help to choose a particular entity for your new business, or if an existing employee or vendor has breached the terms of his or her contract, or if you are looking to buy or sell a business or commercial entity, our lawyers will assist you with everything from business advice to courtroom representation. The commercial law and business attorneys of W.R. Stewart & Associates work with business client in Madison, Dane County and throughout the state of Wisconsin. For detailed information on business and commercial law, please continue reading below.
If you have a legal question regarding your business or commercial venture, contact the office of W.R. Stewart & Associates today. Our lawyers will provide you with sound legal advice and representation.
Business Litigation – An Overview
When considering litigation, a business owner should be aware of his or her options. In addition to the courtroom, there are other forums that might be appropriate, depending on the specific needs of the business. Alternative dispute resolution (ADR), described below, may be a desirable alternative to litigation or, if the cause of action is of an eligible size, small-claims court may be another venue for an owner to consider. Class actions may also be utilized by a business in certain circumstances. Additionally, business owners must understand the basic features of class actions, in the event that they are named as defendants.
Contact W.R. Stewart & Associates, S.C. in Madison, WI, today to schedule a consultation with an attorney to discuss the legal options that may be available.
Business Litigation – Appeals
An appeal is an official request for a higher court to review a trial court decision based on alleged error of procedure or alleged error in application of the law. In civil cases, including business litigation, this may occur immediately following a decision on a motion or at the end of a trial. The ability to appeal and the timing of an appeal depends on the court rules and laws of the relevant jurisdiction. In the realm of business litigation, the appeals court scrutinizes the lower court decision to determine whether to uphold, reverse or modify it.
Class action lawsuits are brought by named plaintiffs, usually one or two, whose alleged injuries are the same as those of a large number of other parties. The plaintiffs do not have to be individuals; businesses may also be plaintiffs in class action lawsuits. The cause of the common injury could be from any number of sources, such as from violations of federal regulations, product defects, securities fraud or environmental issues.
Alternative Dispute Resolution
In some instances, a business may want to avoid a complicated and expensive courtroom battle by using instead an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) method. ADR is a way to resolve legal issues without going to court. The two most frequently used forms of ADR, described below, are arbitration and mediation.
Business Litigation Resource Links
Legal Information Institute (LII)
This site provides general information about the judicial process, courtroom procedures and other legal topics.
National Mediation Board
This government site provides public information on the topic of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), particularly focusing on mediation. Although the site is specific to federal law, it is a good general source of ADR information.
Official United States Government Website
This is a good resource for official federal government information. There are links to the federal and state court systems.
Small Business Administration (SBA)
The SBA is the federal agency charged with promoting and protecting small business interests in the U.S. Their Web site is a good source for many business-related questions.