Houston Business and Commercial Litigation Firm
Trial lawyer Neal Cannon has been effectively representing clients from Brazoria, Harris, Galveston, Montgomery, and Fort Bend counties in Texas state and federal courts for over thirty years. His Houston, TX business litigation firm has a proven record of successful representation of clients with business and commercial legal problems.
The firm focuses on select cases in limited
practice areas. Because of this focus,
Neal Cannon & Associates can offer clients efficient legal counsel and advice. Contact the Houston law office to have your business problem or your dispute involving a partnership, corporation, or joint venture reviewed.
Attorney Neal Cannon’s lengthy experience as a Texas business trial lawyer benefits his clients. Mr. Cannon provides his clients with a rich insight into disputes involving breach of contract, ownership, charges of fraud, and
bad faith on the part of insurance companies. He quickly identifies the key issues in disputes involving business ownership, dissolution, fraud, breaches of contract and failures to perform, and determines the most suitable course of action for his client. It is often most efficient (in terms of time and money) to negotiate a settlement. However, when a client’s best interests are served by going to court, he is a well-prepared and aggressive trial lawyer.
Overview of Business Litigation
Any partnership, corporation, limited liability company, sole proprietorship, or joint venture may someday face the need for a civil trial attorney. Disputes leading to litigation, the process of litigation, and the aftermath of a trial not only consume a company’s financial resources, but also interfere with day-to-day operations, strain relations between partners, and threaten the stability of the company. The services of an experienced and effective trial lawyer may save a business from dissolution or bankruptcy.
What Is Business Litigation?
Business litigation is a broad term covering lawsuits brought before the courts to resolve problems in business.
Areas in which Neal Cannon litigates for either plaintiff or defendant include:
- Securities fraud
- Entrepreneurial issues
- Breach of contract
- Dissolution of corporations and partnerships
- Shareholder disputes
- Accounting liability
- Professional liability
- General contractor disputes
- Uniform Commercial Code disputes
- Partnership disputes
Insurance coverage issues (Plaintiff only)
- Debt collections
- Unfair competition
- Collections defense
The Litigation Process
The plaintiff initiates a lawsuit by filing a complaint against the defendant, setting out the facts in a petition and requesting relief /damages in the form of compensatory and, where applicable, punitive damages.
The defendant must reply to the petition within a strict deadline. If you or your company has been served with a complaint, it is extremely important that you consult with an attorney immediately. If the defendant fails to respond in a timely manner, generally a default judgment (a final judgment granting the plaintiff all relief requested) will be granted to the plaintiff.
If the defendant believes that it has a claim against the plaintiff and that relief should be granted in the defendant’s favor, the defendant has the right to file a counterclaim seeking relief against the plaintiff.
Before any case goes to trial, background work is done through discovery, a process involving the plaintiff and defendant, their legal counsel, any potential witnesses, and experts. Documents and information are exchanged, witnesses and experts are identified, and depositions (live testimony under oath) are taken. While this process can be time-consuming and intensive, it is often the most important part of litigation. Cases are often won or lost on the basis of discovery.
Settlement or Trial
Often, when discovery has allowed each side in a case to assess the strength of the opposing party’s claim, the parties will reach an agreement before trial. If not, the evidence and arguments developed during discovery will be presented to the judge or jury for a decision. A skilled trial lawyer will present the evidence in a manner that builds a strong case and convinces the judge or jury to rule in the client’s favor.
A party who receives an unfavorable ruling may appeal the court’s decision if grounds for appeal can be established. Attorney Neal Cannon has extensive experience as lead counsel in the Texas appellate courts, and can advise you regarding possible grounds for appeal in your case.
Contact Neal Cannon & Associates, P.C. to have your business problem or lawsuit situation reviewed by a civil trial lawyer.
Houston Business Litigation Law Firm Serving Clients from
Galveston, Montgomery, and Fort Bend Counties, Texas.