Representation of Businesses
For more than 20 years, Mr. Bjorkman has practiced complex commercial litigation. During that time, he has represented both public and private businesses in a broad range of matters including contract disputes, unfair trade practice matters, securities litigation, and corporate and partnership control disputes. He has handled all facets of cases in federal and state court including trials and arbitration. He has also managed the litigation dockets of public and private companies.
The firm offers the following to its business clients:
- Direct representation of businesses and their officers and employees. We provide the personal service and dedication that your important litigation matters require. We take pride in our courtroom skills, our written work and our ability to focus on the key strategic issues to provide creative solutions. We offer the discipline and attention to detail honed over 20 years in a large-firm environment. Although, at times, your needs may justify the cost of engaging a full-service firm, we also believe that many problems can be best solved, at a reasonable cost, through the flexibility, personal service and collaboration that our firm offers. We are willing to consider contingent and other non-traditional fee arrangements, such as task-based billing.
- Risk management consultation. Litigation is not the right answer for every dispute. When possible, we prefer to be consulted before there is a problem, to consider ways to structure your relationships to avoid disputes in the future. For example, considering risk management as part of a contract negotiation is often useful. Also, once a dispute arises, there are often creative solutions that result in a “win/win” situation for the parties. We usually recommend that parties explore alternatives before heading to litigation. A crucial aspect of such an analysis is a frank and experienced estimate of the cost and benefit of litigation. We provide risk management consultation and assist in negotiation, mediation or other avenues needed to solve the problem.
- Litigation management. It has been our experience that many businesses have a litigation “docket” that is difficult to manage in the usual course. For example, some companies have in-house counsel for their general business needs such as contract negotiations but do not require a full-time litigator on staff. Other companies have no in-house legal staff and simply rely on a designated employee who does not have legal training to coordinate outside counsel that is often in various locations and handles different types of matters. It is our experience that having a seasoned litigator as a liaison between the business and outside counsel is advantageous for many reasons. We can manage your litigation docket and help free your personnel charged with that responsibility for the productive matters that are actually in their job description. We can likely perform that function for a fraction of what a full-time equivalent employee would be paid or of the hourly rates of a larger firm monitoring your cases. We believe that this type of engagement is ideally suited for a billing arrangement that is not based strictly on hourly rates.