Litigation & Appellate Law
Often, a dispute will reach a point where resolution seems impossible and litigation becomes unavoidable. The business litigation attorneys at Bennett, Weston, LaJone & Turner, P.C. are ready to help you. Our seasoned team maintains an active practice in both state and federal court. The depth of our litigation lawyers’ knowledge of trial and appellate procedure is complemented by their expertise in the art of advocacy as well as the breadth of their experience in multiple areas of business law, including the following:
- Contract Litigation
- Real Estate Litigation
- Business Litigation
- Commercial Litigation
- Commercial Account Collection
- Business Torts
- Construction Law Disputes, Defect & Accidents
- Commercial Landlord-Tenant Disputes
- International Disputes
- Trade Secret & Non-Compete Matters
- Professional Liability & Malpractice
- Fiduciary Litigation
- Insurance Coverage
North Texas Litigation Lawyers
Our lead business litigation attorneys have tried cases at all levels of the judicial system, including federal district court and state district court. Our lead appellate lawyers have presented appeals to the Supreme Court of Texas, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and eleven of the fourteen intermediate courts of appeal in Texas. Our attorneys have represented clients before administrative tribunals and have arbitrated cases before the American Arbitration Association and JAMS, Inc.
We strive to provide top-quality legal services in a cost effective and responsive manner. Although we will work with our clients to favorably settle cases before trial, our business litigation attorneys enjoy going to trial before a judge or jury when necessary to bring a case to satisfactory resolution. Many of our cases require strategic vision, sophisticated litigation skills, and pose unique challenges presented by complex litigation. We value efficiency and believe it is important to pick our battles wisely – fighting those that serve our clients’ interests and avoiding those that obscure the important issues and needlessly drive up costs. Of course, business litigation is a collaborative process, so the choices that are made in each case are the client’s as well as the attorney’s.
Sophisticated clients understand that staffing cases with experienced and skilled lawyers usually results in lower overall costs. We obtain successful results for our clients through a combination of hard work, analytical skill, creative thinking, and sound judgment.
Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of cases do you handle?
We handle a wide range of cases including breach of contract, real estate disputes, business litigation, and more.
Do you provide free telephone consultations?
No, but our website contains a wealth of information about the most common types of matters that fall within our areas of practice.
Do you handle cases outside of the North Texas area?
We have attorneys licensed to practice law throughout the State of Texas in both state and federal court; however, it is usually more cost effective for a client to hire an attorney with offices near the place where a lawsuit is or will be filed.
How much does a typical lawsuit cost?
There is no “typical” cost for a lawsuit. The cost of every case depends on the particular facts and issues, how quickly the case can be resolved, as well as how difficult and aggressive the other party and its attorney are. We can help you plan a litigation budget that is right for your case.
How long does a typical lawsuit take start to finish?
It depends on the particular facts and issues and the willingness of the parties to settle. Many lawsuits settle within the first six months. Others may take a year or more. It is unlikely for a case to be reached for trial within the first year, and it is not unusual to take 2-3 years for an ordinary lawsuit to go to trial.
How much do you charge?
Our attorneys typically charge hourly rates between $175 and $500 depending on many factors including their experience, and our paraprofessionals typically charge between $75 and $150 per hour. These are customary and usual hourly rates for the North Texas area.