Williams, Bax & Saltzman has a diverse commercial litigation practice with skilled trial attorneys who represent large and small companies, nonprofits and high net worth individuals in federal and state courts, and in private arbitration, throughout the United States.
WBS prides itself on working with clients’ executives, in-house counsel and business people to learn the client’s business and goals, and to develop a litigation strategy designed to transform serious commercial disputes into favorable business solutions. WBS understands that litigation is only one of many tools for obtaining the best results for its clients. The firm’s commercial litigation practice includes representation of clients in a variety of areas including:
Breach of Contract - WBS represents clients in business-to-business contractual disputes in a wide variety of industries including telecommunications, temporary staffing, software and trademark licensing, insurance premium finance, advertising, fast food franchising, real estate management, banking and insurance.
Corporate Governance and Ownership Disputes - WBS represents clients in intra-company disputes including owner vs. owner disputes concerning control, dissolution and valuation of closely held companies, as well as defending and prosecuting breach of fiduciary duty claims against directors and officers.
Trade Secret and Restrictive Covenants - WBS lawyers have extensive experience prosecuting on behalf of employers and defending on behalf of company executives, claims for trade secret misappropriation, breach of fiduciary duty and breach of restrictive covenants. WBS’ commercial litigators routinely handle emergency injunctive proceedings in both state and federal courts in conjunction with such matters.
Real Estate Litigation - From commercial lease disputes to purchase/sale claims to financing problems, WBS can assist in resolving your litigation needs for all facets of your real estate holdings. WBS litigators work hand-in-hand with the Firm’s transactional lawyers to develop a detailed understanding of the transaction in order to aggressively but efficiently protect your interests.
Business Torts - WBS represents clients on a variety of business tort claims including common law and consumer fraud, tortious interference, trademark/trade dress infringement, unfair competition and violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and other state and federal statutes.
Tax Controversies - Supported by federal, state and local tax expertise of its corporate, transactional and wealth transfer partners, WBS commercial litigators have successfully tried and settled a variety of tax dispute cases including major settlements and capitulation by the IRS in the United States Tax Court, and trial and appeal of disputed local tax assessments by the City of Chicago.