Business Disputes

Bill is very experienced at dealing with a wide range of complex business disputes from breach of fiduciary duty in closely held companies and partnerships to Chapter 93A claims for unfair and deceptive practices.

Bill has represented a variety of businesses and their owners and handled all types of commercial disputes ranging from intellectual property to shareholder disputes, contract disputes, breach of fiduciary duty, fraudulent transfer, and piercing the corporate veil.

Bill’s notable cases include:

$2.3 Million Judgment for Senior Sales Executive Regarding Stock Options

Plaintiff, a senior executive and early shareholder, was promised significant compensation for bringing about a series of corporate reorganizations, significantly increasing the value of the company and providing million dollar payouts to senior executives.  Plaintiff was not paid his payout, allegedly a ‘mistake’ – but the defendant, a national remediation company, then refused to pay, requiring a lawsuit.  After a two-week jury trial the plaintiff was awarded all his damages.

$2M potential personal liability avoided for defense clients – defense verdict

Plaintiffs were seeking to collect a $2 million judgment personally against Bill’s clients that had been awarded against a defunct closely held corporation. His clients were the sole officers, directors, and shareholders of the debtor corporation. The trial evidence centered upon potential asset transfers and expert valuation testimony. After a two-week jury trial and $0 verdict against defendants personally, the plaintiffs opted not to appeal. The plaintiffs were also unsuccessful against the individual defendants in the Bankruptcy Court.

250K jury award for senior executive in dispute with public company

A physicist who was instrumental in the formation of a new corporate division was denied a promised retention bonus payment when the division was sold. The company contended that his subsequent employment contract voided the earlier agreement which included the bonus. Careful review of the company records showed independent investment counsel supporting plaintiff’s contention. Plaintiff’s live testimony was also instrumental in conveying the facts to the jury. After a two week trial, the jury returned a verdict for plaintiff, awarding him all of his damages.

Successful settlement among partners of construction company

Bill represented one of the partners of a construction company who wanted to continue operating the business which his colleagues sought to leave. Initially the parties were unable to agree how to divide the assets and liabilities. As claims in the lawsuit were filed, the goodwill of the company was rapidly being eroded. Bill negotiated a settlement prior to trial which properly apportioned liabilities and enabled his client to keep the bulk of the business and rescue its goodwill.