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Litigation

Whether the dispute involves municipalities and special districts or private sector businesses of any size, Best Best & Krieger has a strong track record in the vigorous representation and defense of our clients in the courts.

Our litigators focus on developing an understanding of issues and procedural requirements necessary to meet those goals no matter what the controversy or the stakes.

Construction and real estate litigation on behalf of developers, contractors, and public and private sector owners forms much of our trial work. We both prosecute and defend delay claims, public work bids, mechanic's liens, and stop notice actions involving construction projects We also resolve disputes over leases, land use rights and eminent domain. We have successfully litigated many disputes involving land use and property issues, ranging from revocation of conditional use permits to title claims. Our litigators represent agricultural interests and associations in lawsuits over land use and environmental compliance claims.

“Business divorces” among successful entrepreneurs typically involve strong-minded individuals who are unable to reach an amicable resolution on business issues. We have years of experience advising such clients in litigation involving limited liability companies, limited partnerships, S corporations and a variety of other entities. Such cases often involve allegations of breach of fiduciary duty or contract terms, non-compete agreement controversies and similar business torts.  

We offer municipal and public agency clients a full range of litigation support in such areas as labor and employment, contracts, construction, energy, transportation, redevelopment, foreclosure and water use. Since 1999, BB&K has served as special litigation counsel to the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) on air quality issues. As counsel for public agencies charged with Endangered Species Act compliance, our litigators have thwarted repeated inverse condemnation, Federal Endangered Species Act, California Endangered Species Act, California Environmental Quality Act, and National Environmental Policy Act challenges. And water districts throughout California rely on us to handle any dispute over allocation of water resources.

Complementing our extensive trial practice, BB&K offers a broad range of appellate experience in both federal and state courts, serving private as well as public clients. In everything from private commercial disputes to far-reaching water law controversies, BB&K has developed an outstanding reputation as an effective appellate advocate. In fact, a number our lawyers serve by appointment as mediators for the State's Fourth District Court of Appeal. In addition, we are also skilled at alternative dispute resolution, and regularly handle both arbitration and mediation proceedings.

For additional information, please contact Richard Egger, Litigation practice group leader.

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