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Business Litigation Attorneys Orange County, CA.

Know and Protect Your Rights!

Ultimate Guide to Business Litigation – What You Should Know!

How to Find a Business Litigation Attorney

and what to consider when choosing your team.

Your Orange County Business Litigation Attorneys


Choosing the Right Business Litigation Firm is Paramount

Have your rights been violated? Have you been served a subpoena? Are you at a crossroads and in need of a business litigation attorney to review your situation

If so, read on.

No matter the size of your business, its formation, whether it is a partnership or a corporation, joint venture, LLC., etc., requires experienced representation. It requires an experienced and knowledgeable business lawyer to ensure your rights protected during each step of any dispute process.  

It’s imperative to be patient and steadfast in selecting experienced and professional counsel. 

The last thing one needs is to lose focus on the company’s day-to-day matters. Much will ride on litigation issues such as company reputation, personal reputation, the draining of emotions, time consumption, unpredictability, and on-and-on. These are just a few factors that are at stake and must be taken into consideration when launching into a business dispute.  

What Should I Consider in Achieving Good Counsel?

You need comprehensive, results-driven legal counsel to drive this issue to an amicable negotiation through the litigation process. And if you desire mediation or arbitration, whichever benefits your situation, our firm has been representing business owners and family businesses for over 30 years.

With that said, if there is no alternative, then protect your rights through the legal system!

Protect Your Rights! Our commercial litigation attorneys will cover any dispute between companies, shareholders, employees, to solve a conflict by appealing to the legal system.

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Serving State: California, Southern California

Serving Counties: Orange County, Los Angeles County, Riverside & San Bernardino County, San Diego County

Serving Cities: Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Costa Mesa, Laguna Beach, Newport Coast, Corona Del Mar, Santa Ana, Anaheim, San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente, Buena Park, Fullerton, Orange, Lake Forest, Laguna Hills, Garden Grove, Tustin, Yorba Linda, Fountain Valley, Westminster, Dana Point, Rancho Santa Margarita, North Tustin, Seal Beach, Los Alamitos, Villa Park, Ladera Ranch, Placentia, Laguna Woods, Aliso Viejo, Coto De Caza, State of California


Schedule an appointment today. Our specialized team is ready to assist you.

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Why Choose Us?

What Does a Business Litigation Lawyer do?

Protect Your Rights! A business litigation attorney will cover any dispute between companies, shareholders, in commercial litigation to solve conflicts by appealing to the legal system.

For over 29+ years, our experience in business and commercial litigation allows us to gear up more quickly and handle your case more efficiently. You receive answers to substantive law questions and recommendations for settlement or litigation strategy sooner and with less research time.

Our firm can make a difference in your case!

About Our Business Litigation Attorneys

We efficiently and economically work to secure a results-driven outcome!

Are you looking for an Orange County business litigation lawyer? Hess-Verdon & Associates is one of the most reliable and most sophisticated business litigation law firms — experienced in the state of California at both the trial and appellate levels. Our law firm has spent years acquiring extensive experience in trial preparation, strategy, and trial presentation to help you with your specific case.

We Focus on the Below Areas of Practice:

  1. Corporate and Shareholder Litigation: A company is a separate entity, distinct from its directors and shareholders. Corporate and Shareholder litigation is a substantively complex area of law. Formerly known as derivative lawsuits.
  2. Breach of Fiduciary Duty: Occurs when the fiduciary acts in the interest of themselves, rather than the best interest of the principal or employer.
  3. Breach of Contract: A breach of contract occurs when the agreement not fulfilled. Typically a failure to fulfill the agreed-upon obligations. There are four types of contract breaches: Minor Breach, Material Breach, Fundamental Breach, Anticipatory Breach.
  4. Business Litigation: Business disputes can arise or result from types of conduct or transactions. Typically disputes over contract disagreements.
  5. Business Dissolution: Company owners must approve the dissolution of the business. One step is to file a certificate of dissolution with the state.
  6. Commercial Lease Disputes: Issues arise based on Terms of the lease, duty to repair, early termination, taxes, zoning issues.
  7. Commercial real estate disputes: Most states have precise laws which deal with commercial property. Issues arise based on Zoning and land use, Property taxes, Insurance, Ownership disputes, boundary disputes.
  8. Corporate, Partnership, joint venture, or Ownerships Disputes: Mitigate with a written agreement, whether it be an operating agreement or partnership agreement. Discuss the dispute. Focus on the Solution, not the problem.
  9. Disputes Involving Real Property: Issues arise based on Breach of contract, failure to disclose a defect or problem, Breach of duty, implied warranties.
  10. Business Tort Claims: Civil wrongs that are committed by or against an organization. Frequently involves unscrupulous actions done to the organization’s intangible assets.

Schedule an appointment today. Our specialized team is ready to assist you.

Call 949-706-7300.

Call: 949-706-7300.

To discuss your situation, to meet with us or to get your questions answered.

What are the Differences Between Litigation and Arbitration?

Concerning litigation and arbitration, the arbitration process is private, while litigation is a formal process conducted in a public courtroom. There are many other factors, as well — the speed of the process is an example. With arbitration, once an arbitrator is selected, the case can be heard immediately. In civil litigation, you will have to wait until the court has time to listen to it, which can take several months and even years.

Review just some examples of the differences between arbitration and litigation.

Legal Options Litigation Arbitration
Out of Courtroom No – Public – In a Courtroom Yes –
Private – Between Parties
Type of Proceeding Civil – Private Civil and Criminal
Professional Mediator No – Court appoints judge Yes –
Parties select Arbitrator
Judicial Authority No


(typically a retired Judge,
a senior lawyer)

Binding Appeal Possible Yes – Usually binding –
no appeal

What is the Difference Between Mediation and Arbitration?

While both mediation and arbitration take the negotiations out of the courtroom, they have their differences. What they do have in common is both use a third-party to oversee them.

A breakdown of the differences is below to assist you better understand the differences between mediation and arbitration.

Here at Hess-Verdon, we counsel clients on various aspects of business disputes. We review such things as investigating potential claims, evaluating the merits of bringing a claim, filing or defending a claim, and, when necessary litigating a claim through trial, mediation, or arbitration.

With our expert team of business litigators, in many instances, we can settle such proceedings without going to trial after taking into account the merits of the positions advanced by the respective parties.

Here are some basic overview:
Legal Options Mediation Arbitration
Out of Courtroom Yes Yes
Uses 3rd party to oversee Yes Yes
Professional Mediator Yes No
Binding No (not always) Yes

How Does a Business Arbitrator Make their Decision?

You can view the arbitration hearing similar to a mini-trial. Both sides will present their evidence and make arguments to support their position. And unlike meditation, where there may be a suitable compromise from both sides, the arbitrator has no duty to find understanding.


Well, there are two basic types of arbitration:

  1. Binding arbitration: This means the decision from the arbitrator is final. No appeal.
  2. Non-binding arbitration: This means that both parties have to accept the arbitrator’s decision, and if not, the case proceeds to trial.

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When Searching…

“Business Litigation Attorney Near Me”

Many business owners who require a business disputes lawyer, search for “business litigation attorney near me” but that may be a downfall. 

You see, there are dozens of business formation attorneys in Orange County, and they do quite well in their endeavors. For business litigation, it’s an entirely different situation, especially if the dispute goes to trial.

Here at Hess-Verdon & Associates, we are ethical, yet enthusiastic in our approach. Our team of experienced business litigators are efficient and maintain a cost-effective litigation approach.

With our years of experience with trial practice at all levels allow us to effectively analyze your risks, issues, and exposure in your business and commercial litigation matters.

For a more detailed discussion, call 949-706-7300 to speak with a Hess-Verdon Business Attorney.

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Trust Litigation | Business Litigation | Real Estate Litigation

Jillyn Hess-Verdon

Managing Partner

Keith Van Dyke


James R. Cunningham

Senior Associate - Attorney

R. Kurt Ketchum

Associate Attorney

David Crumpton

Associate Attorney

Fee Arrangements Include:

  • Hourly fees, regular rates, structured rates, and custom rates to meet your particular needs.
  • Contingent Fees if the merits and nature of your case warrant.
  • Part hourly/part contingent fees.
  • Enforce provisions to make your opponent pay your fees.
  • Fixed Fees.
  • Retainers.
  • Cooperate with corporate legal department policies.
  • There is generally no charge to a new client for an initial one-hour consultation.
  • Second opinions on the handling of your case can be rendered on favorable terms, in some cases, at no charge.

We work with you to keep your fees to a minimum by designing a strategy that gets the maximum result. We work diligently to promote a favorable settlement with the least expenditure of time.

We have successfully represented a large variety of clients. The successful outcome of any given case, which is always dependent upon its specific facts, can never be guaranteed.

In some matters, when we negotiate some or all of the attorney fees on a contingency basis, the client may be held responsible for advanced costs.  

Some of the advanced costs (including, but not limited to)

  • Deposition fees, filing fees, witness fees, etc. when there is no recovery.