Business Litigation

Overview

With over 100 business litigators knowledgeable in a broad array of commercial and corporate issues, Blank Rome routinely represents major U.S., international, and industry-leading corporations in high-profile, “bet-the-company” litigation matters in jurisdictions all over the world. We are practical, efficient trial lawyers with decades of experience in the courtroom. We embrace story-telling and simplicity, cutting-edge trial graphics and images—reducing cases involving numbing details and millions of emails to themes that can be easily grasped by juries, judges, and arbitrators.  

Trial skills are important, but we pride ourselves on partnering with our clients to understand their objectives so that we can achieve those goals through the litigation process. With deep experience in numerous industries, including banking, energy, financial services, insurance, health care, manufacturing, mortgage, pharmaceutical, real estate, retail, technology and telecommunications, our business litigators provide results-oriented representation.

How We Can Help

  • banking and financial institutions
  • class actions (federal and state)
  • contracts, misrepresentations and fraud
  • corporate, securities and shareholder disputes
  • cybersecurity
  • employment and non-competes 
  • gaming and sports law
  • insurance recovery
  • mergers and Acquisitions
  • real estate and construction disputes
  • RICO and business tort claims
  • technology and telecommunications
  • trade secrets

What Sets Us Apart

  • Law360 named Blank Rome a 2017 “Pennsylvania Powerhouse” and recognized “its prolific national litigation practice and deep bench strength.”
  • 2018 U.S. News & World Report-Best Lawyers (Woodward/White Inc.) national ranks: 
    • Tier 1: Commercial Litigation, Banking and Finance, Bankruptcy, Tax Law, and Labor and Employment
    • Tier 2: Intellectual Property, Patent, Real Estate, Securities, White Collar Litigation, and Environmental
  • Chambers USA editors state Blank Rome has a:
    • “Significant commercial litigation practice, offering sought-after representation across a range of cases including securities, antitrust, environmental, construction and cybersecurity disputes. Further highlighted for its federal appellate work and for its experience in class action defense.”
  • Chambers USA editors further remark:
    • “The litigation team was excellent. Each of the lawyers brought a very interesting element to the team and they blended together well. They were great and I would highly recommend them!"

Experience

  • Currently representing a multi-billion dollar national supplier of auto replacement parts in a significant action brought by an automobile manufacturer alleging copyright infringement relating to automotive software—a case that may have an enormous impact on the auto industry. 
  • Represented one of the country’s largest residential building material suppliers in successful defense of a $70 million breach of contract claim. Secured a complete defense verdict at trial and a significant opinion on New York law on prospective waiver under a relational contract, upheld twice on appeal by the New York state appellate courts. This significant decision will impact New York contract law and performance going forward.
  • Currently representing a former prime minister in the fierce litigation of a large civil forfeiture matter in which the United States seeks to forfeit our client’s worldwide assets. We have successfully narrowed and focused the claims through summary judgment motions. 
  • Currently representing an international produce grower and distributor in connection with a multi-district litigation in Florida accusing the company of funding leftist guerilla groups and a paramilitary group in order to do business. 
  • Represented a telecommunications provider in the successful defense of an $82 million lawsuit alleging breach of contract and fraud arising from the implementation of telecommunications infrastructure. Following a complete defense verdict, we won sanctions and attorneys’ fees for spoliation of evidence.  
  • Represented one of the world’s top defense contractors, in an arbitration proceeding before the American Arbitration Association where the claimant sought $100 million for alleged breach of a technology transfer agreement.
  • Represented a world leader in gases, technology and services for industry and health in Delaware ICDR arbitration concerning a large post-closing indemnification dispute. Following a significant discovery victory, we obtained a positive settlement on behalf of our client. 
  • Represented a prominent real estate developer with high-profile $200 million construction project, defeated injunction claims in Pennsylvania state court.
  • Represented hedge fund trader in payment dispute in FINRA arbitration, won significant award, plus punitive damages and attorneys’ fees.
  • Represented public chemical company, in defense of $300 million claim by partner in failed joint venture.
  • Represented one of the world’s largest equipment leasing companies, defeated $170 million software trade secrets lawsuit and obtained permanent injunction securing client’s intellectual property rights, followed by contempt order for violations of injunction. 
  • Represented biotechnology company in trade secrets dispute involving virus-based gene delivery—achieved settlement for no money on behalf of defendant after expedited discovery in federal court.
  • Represented one of the country’s largest lighting distributors in breach of contract and trademark infringement action—obtained multi-million dollar AAA arbitration award, confirmed by federal court.

Team

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