Our litigators represent parties in administrative proceedings before governmental agencies, appearing before numerous federal and state agencies in a variety of government regulatory areas. The firm handles judicial appeals from administrative decisions, as well as original actions against governmental agencies for injunctions or declaratory judgments.
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Many disputes are amenable to early resolution through mediation, arbitration, or other forms of alternative dispute resolution. Our litigators recognize that these alternative means of dispute resolution can be economical and advantageous prior to or during litigation and are thus a desirable alternative to our clients. Our litigators possess vast experience in representing clients’ in such proceedings. Several of our attorneys are also formally trained and periodically serve as mediators or arbitrators.
Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights
Our bankruptcy and creditors’ rights attorneys regularly handle all aspects of complex litigation for debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, and trustees. Litigation we handle includes preference, fraudulent conveyance and equitable subordination actions, objections to discharge, non-dischargeability claims, debtor-in-possession financing and cash collateral disputes, claim objection and resolution, relief from automatic stay motions, adequate protection motions, contested disclosure statements and litigation over proposed reorganization plans, asset sales disputes and director and officer liability litigation. Our lawyers also are experienced in commercial litigation that is adjudicated in the bankruptcy courts.
Business and Corporate
Our litigators offer the depth of experience needed to serve the needs of our corporate clients in business related litigation. Our practice offers a full range of litigation services to our clients in connection with shareholder, partner and member disputes, commercial and contract disputes, unfair competition, tortious interference, restrictive covenants, antitrust, and franchise practice litigation.
The construction litigation practice at ShapiroCroland provides construction-related litigation services to property owners, construction contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, lien-holders, architects and engineers, lenders and sureties. ShapiroCroland attorneys work with clients to find creative solutions to construction disputes, always keeping the bottom line in mind. ShapiroCroland attorneys have broad experience in litigation, mediation and arbitration to resolve disputes regarding, mechanic's lien proceedings, construction defects, construction contract disputes, delay damages suits, lien foreclosure, suretyship and bond claims, insurance and other coverage claims and bankruptcy matters.
ShapiroCroland provides counsel with regard to disputes that arise in the context of the employment relationship. Our litigators are experienced in the defense of employment-related claims and have the resources and creativity needed in order to protect our clients’ legal rights and commercial interests. Our attorneys regularly represent clients in state and federal courts, alternative dispute resolution forums, such as mediation and arbitration, and in administrative hearings. Our experience ranges from claims involving harassment, employment discrimination, theft of trade secret, state law torts, breach of contract, violations of non-compete agreements and payment of wages.
Entertainment and Media
ShapiroCroland attorneys are experienced in litigating a range of disputes involving copyright infringement, motion picture/television development, talent and agent agreements, motion picture/television rights and distribution. Our entertainment litigation clients have included entertainers, motion picture producers, record labels, and agents.
ShapiroCroland represents clients in connection with complex environmental issues and contamination claims brought under CERCLA, RCRA, and other state and federal environmental statutes. In our representation of individuals and corporations in various types of enforcement actions, our attorneys regularly appear in federal and state court, as well as in front of administrative tribunals and arbitrators. In addition to defending suits brought by environmental agencies, ShapiroCroland has defended nuisance and property damage toxic tort cases brought by private litigants and litigated insurance disputes involving environmental matters, including environmental insurance coverage disputes.
Estates and Trusts
ShapiroCroland litigators advocate the rights and interests of trustees, executors, other fiduciaries and individuals in New Jersey’s trial and appellate courts. We have handled complex will and trust contests, substantial claims in estates, objections to accountings, contested guardianships, and other related probate and trust disputes. We also represent clients in a variety of alternative dispute resolution proceedings, including negotiation, arbitration and mediation, which are often particularly appropriate in disputes involving family wealth transfers or closely-held business assets.
Foreclosures, Workouts and Loan Enforcement
Several of our attorneys have more than 20 years of experience in the representation of lender clients on troubled and defaulted loan matters including mortgage foreclosure actions, receivership actions, Uniform Commercial Code Enforcement and commercial debt collection. We offer our clients the highest level of knowledge and experience and creative solutions for their troubled loans.
Insurance Coverage Disputes
ShapiroCroland has vast experience in representation of policyholders in coverage disputes against insurers involving business and property insurance. As part of complex litigation matters, ShapiroCroland is often called upon by its commercial, governmental and individual clients to identify and assist them in pursuing first-party and third-party coverage under policies of commercial general liability insurance, professional liability insurance, fidelity and crime insurance, directors and officers liability insurance, and umbrella and excess liability insurance. Clients have sought ShapiroCroland assistance in obtaining benefits under policies of life insurance, fire and multi-peril insurance, business interruption and extra expense insurance, and coverage for environmental contamination. To maximize the potential insurance recovery, our litigators assist clients in all phases of an insurance coverage dispute with an insurer, including litigation if necessary, and have successfully represented our clients in litigation against insurers in both state and federal courts as well as in arbitration proceedings.
Intellectual Property – Copyright, Trademark and Unfair Competition
Our litigators handle a wide variety of intellectual property claims, including trademark, service mark, trade name, trade dress, domain name, copyright infringement, trade secret misappropriation, false advertising and unfair competition cases of all types. Our litigators have efficiently and skillfully handled expedited proceedings involving temporary restraining orders and motions for preliminary injunction.
ShapiroCroland litigators have significant experience in virtually every aspect of real estate representation and litigation. We represent private commercial and residential owners, property managers, developers and various construction industry clients as well as residents and tenants. Our litigators work closely with our Real Estate attorneys, as well as with outside professionals, such as appraisers, property managers, and accountants, to provide a full range of real property litigation services. We regularly represent clients in disputes relating to eminent domain, landlord-tenant, foreclosures, construction services, bankruptcy, zoning and land use, rent control matters, property contamination, and lease and other contract disputes.