Litigation

Litigation has been described as “the pursuit of truth through the conflict of advocates.” In a very real sense this is the nature of litigation, but our Litigation Group attorneys also recognize that litigation is not an academic exercise, nor does it take place in a vacuum. More often than not, litigation is an unexpected and undesirable incident to our clients’ business, and recognition of this critical fact is one characteristic that sets us apart from other law firms. It is the recognition that, before we can offer sound legal advice, we must know and understand our clients’ needs and desires.

Our Litigation Group is made up of professionals who possess the experience and skills needed to resolve complex and diverse legal disputes that commonly arise in today’s business environment. Our attorneys are skilled litigators, with years of experience and training, and they are well versed in every stage of the litigation process. They are also keenly aware that effective representation involves the formation of an attorney-client partnership, a thorough understanding of a client’s business, effective communication, leveraging of technology, and flawless execution. These are the standards that we have maintained since our firm was founded, and they serve to guide us in our mission to deliver quality legal services in a cost effective fashion.

Our attorneys routinely represent clients in courts throughout the State of Ohio. We appear before state and federal trial courts, appellate courts, governmental agencies, arbitration boards, and mediation panels. We have experience in a diverse range of legal matters involving business disputes and creditors’ rights litigation, including the following:

  • Appellate Litigation
  • Bankruptcy Litigation
  • Business & Commercial Litigation
  • Commercial & Residential Foreclosure Litigation
  • Commercial Equipment Lease Litigation
  • Commercial Real Property Lease Litigation
  • Fair Debt Collection Practices Act Defense
  • Mechanics’ Lien Litigation
  • Ohio Consumer Sales Practices Act Defense
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act Defense
  • Retail Installment Sales Act Defense
  • Title Claim Litigation
  • Truth in Lending Act Defense

Our Fees
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Our Fees

Our fees are competitive and conform to industry standards. In most instances, the following fee arrangements are available:


1. Collection matters are handled on a contingency fee basis, but an hourly option is available and sometimes requested by clients who hold large balance claims. At a clients’ request, fees for collection matters can be billed on a per item flat fee basis for letters, pleadings, motions, and executions.


2. Uncontested foreclosures and related bankruptcy and eviction matters are most often billed on a flat fee basis according to the Fannie Mae guidelines. Contested matters, and counterclaims, generally require additional flat fee or hourly billing, subject to client approval;


3. Uncontested replevin cases are also handled on a flat fee basis. If the right to recover possession is opposed, the matter is converted to an hourly fee basis, upon client approval;


4. Mechanic’s lien matters are treated the same as replevin cases, unless they involve multiple properties, or otherwise relate to unusual subject matter;


5. Our firm is also pioneering the availability and use of alternative fee arrangements (“AFA’s”) for legal services that have traditionally been billed hourly. The availability of AFA’s is a product of our firm’s ambition to deliver legal services in an efficient and cost-effective manner, and help clients more effectively forecast and contain costs. AFA’s are available for an ever expanding range of matters, including litigation defense, discovery disputes, and appellate practice.

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