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Business And Commercial Litigation

Corporate professional at desk, scales of justice symbolizing fairness in business litigation, office setting in the background.Whether you are an individual or the owner or officer of a business, one of the last things you ever expect is to be involved in a legal dispute. Not only are disputes time-consuming, they can also be costly to you and/or your business. Whether a supplier or customer has claimed you didn’t uphold your agreement with them or you’ve had a client default on a contract, you can count on a straight-forward assessment of your legal rights from Donnelly Law LLC followed by aggressive representation to meet your goals. We have represented clients in disputes arising from many different areas of law, including:

  • Breach of contract
  • Consumer Fraud/Deceptive Practices Act
  • Employment disputes
  • Fraud
  • Insurance coverage
  • Restrictive covenant disputes (including non-compete agreements)
  • Shareholder/Partnership disputes
  • Trade secret disputes
  • Tortious Interference

Contract Law

Contracts are a critical component of business operations. A contract governs the relationship between two or more parties and describes the obligations of each party toward the other(s). When a party to a contract fails to fulfill its end of the bargain, you and/or your company may incur substantial damages. If alternative dispute methods fail, litigation may be the only recourse to put you back in the position you would have been in had the contract been fulfilled. Donnelly Law LLC has represented individuals and businesses in hundreds of cases arising from some form of breach of contract.

Protecting Your Business’ Rights

Businesses are growing increasingly concerned with protection of their intellectual property rights, employees, and customers. Technological advancement, mobility of the workforce, and the overall speed of which information is shared, distributed and disseminated in the workforce have led to companies seek and enforce restrictive covenants to protect their sensitive information, trade secrets, and customer/client information.

A restrictive covenant is an agreement which restricts the activities of the employee after they leave the company for another job. Employers look to these agreements to prevent, among other things, their trade secrets from being taken by former employers and given to a competitor. They can also be used in an attempt to prevent former employees from working for a competitor or from soliciting other employees or customers. The enforcement of restrictive covenants is an evolving area of law and Illinois law generally disfavors agreements that are unnecessarily restrictive to the employee.

At Donnelly Law LLC, we are experienced in restrictive covenant matters, having represented both businesses seeking to enforce an agreement and individuals defending against unenforceable and overly-restrictive agreements. If you or your business has an issue involving enforcement of a restrictive covenant, Donnelly Law LLC can provide you with the results-oriented counsel you need.

When Your Business is Being Sued

There are numerous reasons why someone may file a lawsuit against you or your business. Obviously, avoiding litigation is the primary goal in most cases. However, when faced with a lawsuit, Donnelly Law LLC seeks to counsel its clients on the advantages/disadvantages of litigation and whether a lawsuit should be defended or settled depending on the merits of the case, and the needs and goals of the client.

Donnelly Law LLC has nearly 20 years of litigation experience and has defended individuals and corporations facing litigation for breach of contract, employment discrimination, restrictive covenant agreements (such as a non-compete agreement), trade secret litigation and other business disputes.

Business Tort Law/ Tortious Interference

When you or your business contracts are being interfered with by a competitor, you should seek out Donnelly Law LLC to provide you with practical, results-oriented advice. The nature and scope of the interference could lend itself to an approach short of filing an immediate lawsuit. On the other hand, circumstances may dictate that you should seek immediate court intervention (such as a Temporary Restraining Order and injunctive relief) to stop the interfering conduct. If handled properly at the early stages, these types of cases can often be resolved amicably with little or no costly litigation. On the other hand, if aggressive litigation is warranted, Donnelly Law LLC has extensive experience to protect your rights and seek the remedy you desire. Donnelly Law LLC has many years of experience prosecuting and defending claims of tortious interference and other business related torts.

Breach Of Fiduciary Duty

A fiduciary duty generally exists when an individual owes a duty to a company, a business partner, or other shareholders. Actions taken by officers, shareholders, members, or managers adverse to the interests of the company are often breaches of the fiduciary duty imposed on them. At Donnelly Law LLC, we are experienced in evaluating issues of fiduciary duty, counseling clients on the obligations incumbent with those duties, and litigating disputes concerning alleged breaches of those duties.

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