English, Lucas, Priest & Owsley, LLP (ELPO Law) has been chosen by the U.S. News – Best Lawyers organization as one of their “Best Law Firms” award winners for 2020. U.S. News – Best Lawyers is both a professional awards program and a publication that selects the most deserving legal practitioners in the United States. When an attorney or law firm is chosen as a Best Lawyers honoree, they are awarded with being recognized as one of the best in their city and area of practice. Through their annual publications, Best Lawyers provides the public with a complete guide to the most revered people in the legal sphere.
The Best Lawyers’ selection methodology for their awards programs is focused on peer review. After collecting nominations from lawyers, clients, and marketing teams, the organization gathers the feedback of other legal professionals to make their final decision on those most deserving of their honors. For the “Best Law Firms” awards, a legal practice must have at least one person on their team who is included in the most current edition of the Best Lawyers list.
ELPO Law has been selected as a 2020 Best Law Firm in the Metropolitan Tier 1 ranking for Bet-the Company Litigation and Commercial Litigation.
Bet-the-company litigation threatens to overwhelm and swallow a company, whether a start-up or a long established member of the Fortune 100. Life-threatening stakes can arise from government investigations, large scale industrial disasters, and potential products liability. The threat may not be financial. Litigation also can threaten the company’s continued existence through attacks on the company’s core products, core business, or reputation.
General commercial litigation involves virtually every type of dispute that can arise in the business context, including breach of contract cases, partnership/joint venture disputes, class actions, business torts, civil RICO claims, breach of fiduciary duty allegations, and shareholder issues. Successful commercial litigators are able to assess the merits of a dispute and scale either a prosecution or defense that fits the legal and business needs of the client. Efficiency, creativity, and sound judgment are critical for intelligently positioning these disputes, whether they are “bet-the-company” cases or more discrete matters. In addition, while all cases must be litigated with an eye toward ultimately trying them, seasoned commercial litigators understand that at all times they must strive to achieve the best possible result at a reasonable cost.