Business Law and Litigation
Louisiana Business Litigation and Business Formation Law Firm
Keogh Cox handles business disputes that often develop into complex, bet-the-company litigation, representing all types and sizes of entities throughout Louisiana and elsewhere in the U.S. Our lawyers have years of top-level experience at the trial and appellate levels with a wide range of issues, national and international in scope. These include shareholder disputes, breach of fiduciary duty, business piracy, breach of client/employee solicitation, trade secrets and other contentious, potentially costly contractual disputes. The directors and managers of private and public companies local, regional and national also rely on us as outside general counsel. Our lawyers review corporate contracts, evaluate bylaws and articles, consult on business strategies, spot problems and recommend ways to deal with troubles that could end up in court or in arbitration. We are frequently called in to help companies structure and re-structure themselves, manage risk, look at hiring, confidentiality issues, HR policies and practices and other aspects of business. Our business clients appreciate the way we zero in on the right message for judges and juries, our approach to effective client communications, our efficient, paperless management of files and our ability to mobilize quickly when problems arise. We are known as proactive, solution-focused lawyers, whether we’re catching issues and trends at an early stage, marshaling outside experts or in the thick of a courtroom confrontation. Our aim is to take the pressure off our clients, offering them strategic options, making their lives easier and being amiable partners.
Recent Experience Highlights
Client Story: Outside General Counsel Serving all Business Needs
Where we started: A multi-million dollar sales company was in the market for general litigation counsel to organize a plan to address numerous legal matters. Our roadmap: Keogh Cox developed a cost effective and legally sound plan to address all litigation matters that may arise throughout the course of business, from collections to product disputes. Resolution: Keogh Cox remains an integral part of the legal team and continues to provide a wide array of legal services to the company.
Client Story: Favorable Settlement in Complex LUTPA and Non-Competition Litigation
Where we started: Keogh Cox was approached by a national graduation ring company to represent it in a suit against its major competitor involving unfair trade practices and violation of non-compete agreements of a key former Herff Jones employee. Our roadmap: We developed an aggressive motion practice including injunctive relief and tailored discovery methods. Resolution: The firm’s plan and specific knowledge of complex business issues resulted in a favorable settlement for the client.
Client Story: Use of Federal Court Motion Practice to Reduce and Eliminate Exposure
Where we started: A global oil and gas company and a Washington, D.C. company sued a Lafayette-based company in federal court under claims of single business enterprise and alter ego. The allegations claimed multi-million dollar damages that, if proven, could have been ruinous. Our roadmap: Keogh Cox facilitated a favorable settlement with one of the plaintiffs in the early stages of the litigation. We used motion practice to reduce and eliminate the majority of the remaining exposure. This allowed us to negotiate a settlement of the remaining claims prior to trial at a small fraction of the amount claimed. Resolution: Our strategy to reduce the scope of the claims allowed us to reach a favorable settlement with the remaining claims. We were left with a long-term client who was free to pursue ongoing and profitable business ventures without the worries associated with open litigation.
Client Story: Defense of Non-Competition, Breach of Confidentiality and Unfair Trade Practices Act Violations
Where we started: An insurance agency and its employee were sued in connection with non-competition and trade practices issues. The theory of the plaintiff, a competitor insurance agency, was that our client solicited its former employee and thereafter used her internal knowledge to solicit clients of the plaintiff, all while the two insurance agencies were discussing the possibility of a corporate buy-out. Our roadmap: The litigation was complex and required experts in the fields of business valuation. We systematically used motion practice and witness testimony to refute the factual allegations and theories of the plaintiff. Resolution: The claim settled at a favorable value, and the employee remained employed with her new employer as allowed by the Louisiana public policies designed to encourage legal competition.
Client Story: Longstanding Relationship with Local Business from Start to Eventual Sale
Where we started: Keogh Cox was approached to serve as general counsel for an engineering firm, providing a wide array of legal services. Our roadmap: Keogh Cox functioned as a full service law firm, assisting our client with numerous and diverse legal issues. Resolution: We served as general counsel for the firm for years and was an important part of the team that facilitated the successful sale of this business to a national firm.
Client Story: Unique Defense in Complex Litigation
Where we started: Keogh Cox represented an international pipe manufacturer in a suit by a large contractor alleging that the pipe, installed in a newly constructed hydro-chemical plant, was defective. At issue was whether the pipe contained the appropriate metal components and met exacting mechanical standards to move hazardous chemicals. The causes of action included redhibition, products liability, breach of contract, bad faith and misrepresentation. Our roadmap: By using a team of tort, business and construction attorneys, we blended our experience in construction law, products liability and business law to address every single issue and nuance of the claim. Resolution: Our client’s Keogh Cox team worked with an engineer to develop an effective defense to the case, resulting in a favorable resolution.
More Details about Business Law and Litigation
We have trial, appellate and ADR experience with local, regional, national and international business litigation issues. These include:
- Shareholder disputes
- Breach of fiduciary duty
- Business piracy
- Breach of client/employee solicitation
- Business and professional licenses
- Business consultation and strategy
- Business formation and transactions
- Business torts
- Commercial litigation
- Advisory services for medical professionals
- Trade secrets