Litigation

A Record of Success
At Ryley Carlock & Applewhite, we focus on results. Results for Litigation clients range from successful defenses to multi-million dollar-plus judgments. A sampling of our cases includes:
  • Successfully represented a bank client in a $100,000,000 lending liability case.
  • Served as co-counsel in a contested multi-billion dollar attempted acquisition of a public utility.
  • Obtained a verdict of $1.5 million in a condemnation action where the state offered $20,000.
  • Represented a zoning client in obtaining a text amendment to allow use of a multi-million dollar service facility.
  • Successfully retrieved through litigation corporate trade secrets taken by former employees in multiple industries.
  • Successfully defended antitrust claims involving hundreds of millions of dollars of potential liability.
  • Successfully prosecuted a "bet the company" software license arbitration for a third party logistics provider.
  • Successfully defended an oil company in a suit under the Petroleum Marketing Practices Act.

One reason for our tremendous success in our Litigation practice area is the diverse backgrounds of our lawyers, resulting in a diversity of substantive expertise and knowledge of myriad industries. Ryley Carlock & Applewhite litigation attorneys also are members of prestigious organizations, such as the Litigation Counsel of America, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the American College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and the American Employment Law Council. Our litigators have also argued appeals before many state and federal courts throughout the United States.

Extraordinary Trial Experience
If a dispute requires a trial, Ryley Carlock & Applewhite's litigation group possesses a track record unlike most others. Our litigation attorneys collectively have conducted hundreds of civil and criminal trials in state and federal court, before juries, the court and administrative and arbitration forums. We have represented our clients' business interests throughout the United States and, in some cases, internationally. Our litigation group is experienced and versatile enough to handle large, complex cases, including "bet the company" commercial litigation matters.

Alternative Dispute Resolution and Preventive Advice
For some disputes, clients may be better served by alternative dispute resolution processes than a trial. Our lawyers have achieved exceptional results through ADR, and have experience conducting scores of arbitrations and administrative hearings and mediations.

In addition, because we have a solid understanding of our clients' business objectives, we are strategically positioned to counsel them on preventive measures. Our litigation attorneys can offer creative advice to help clients avoid litigation in similar situations in the future.

Industry and Substantive Expertise
By integrating with other traditional practice areas, our attorneys have added depth to their substantive skills while providing litigation capabilities for other firm practice groups. The depth and breadth of our litigation experience includes familiarity with industries such as:

  • Agriculture
  • Banking, financial institutions and financial services
  • Insurance
  • Service
  • Retail including National Chains
  • Oil/Mining
  • Transportation
  • Manufacturing
  • Technology
  • Real estate
  • Construction
  • Utilities/Energy
  • Natural Resources/Water

Their substantive areas of experience include:

  • Complex commercial litigation
  • Environmental and water law
  • Employment law
  • Bond financing
  • Trademark and copyright law
  • Contract litigation
  • Trade secrets
  • Automotive products liability
  • Class actions
  • Political subdivision litigation
  • White collar criminal defense
  • Construction defects
  • Insurance contracts
  • Corporate disputes
  • Partnership disputes
  • Condemnation actions
  • Business tort litigation
  • Antitrust litigation
  • Securities fraud litigation
  • Environmental law claims under CERCLA, RCPA and UST statutes
  • Federal and state civil rights and Constitutional claims
  • Government contract litigation

RCA lawyers have particular expertise in managing large complex litigation cases, aided by our willingness to embrace technology. In fact, Ryley Carlock & Applewhite was cited as one of the 63 most "tech-savvy law firms" in a recent survey of corporate counsel at Global 1,000 companies.*

Exceptional Service
Finally, and very importantly, our attorneys understand that in litigation, accessibility, communication and responsiveness are every bit as important as the legal process. Our clients rely on us and have great confidence in our advice, due in no small measure to the close relationships we develop with them.

Whether we are working with outside counsel, in-house lawyers, business owners or business executives, we are open to discussing our respective roles in each case. For example, we have loaned one of our litigators to serve in an in-house counsel role, and also serve as general counsel for a publicly traded client. Our flexibility and ability to listen help us form successful collaborations with clients.

For more information on the capability of Ryley Carlock & Applewhite's Litigation practice group, please contact John Lemaster.

*Conducted by BTI Consulting Group, Boston, Massachusetts, 2003

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