Our clients know that Reed Smith’s U.S. Commercial Litigation & Disputes Group, with more than 220 lawyers across 14 offices, has the knowledge and capability to protect their interests, whether the dispute requires our local presence and relationships, or our ability to form nationwide trial teams.
Our U.S. Commercial Litigation & Disputes Group asserts claims to protect and further our clients’ interests, and also to defend business claims asserted against our clients. These claims involve matters ranging from an entity’s sale of goods or provision of services, to the structure, governance or operation of the entity itself. Most typically, our engagements involve breach of contract and warranty actions, class action defense, fiduciary duty issues, unfair competition and trade secret disputes, fraud or misrepresentation claims, and professional liability and legal malpractice defense. Because we possess a deep knowledge of our clients’ industries and commercial practices, our clients benefit from our mastery of the applicable legal procedures and our strong familiarity with all U.S. state and federal courts, national and international tribunals, and multiple alternative dispute forums.
Moreover, our U.S. Commercial Litigation & Disputes lawyers are distinguished by the great depth and breadth of actual trial and arbitration experience among a high number of both partners and associates, particularly when compared with the litigation departments of other large regional, national and international firms. Our successful pre-trial and trial work is largely attributable to the fact that we work diligently with our clients to understand their business and determine the best outcomes that fit their business objectives, and whether that can be achieved through trial or alternative dispute resolution – negotiation, mediation or settlement. By developing and executing on early case assessments and litigation strategies, we are able to focus on the most critical elements of a dispute. Often, we can come to informal resolutions that are satisfactory to our clients, but with our clients' understanding that if a case does not settle, their interests will be represented by seasoned trial teams in court in the most confidential and cost-effective manner possible, allowing them to maintain focus on their business endeavors.
Our commercial litigation lawyers have been ranked among the nation's most prestigious, according to Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, The American Lawyer, and Best Lawyers in America.
In BTI Consulting Group's 2013 Litigation Outlook, Reed Smith was ranked as best-suited to help in litigation in seven of eight practice areas. We were named as a "Powerhouse" in Intellectual Property, Complex Commercial and Routine Commercial; as a "Standout" in Class Action and Tort and Complex Employment; and to the "Honor Roll" in Securities and Finance and Product Liability. Additionally, we earned a spot on the "Honor Roll of the Most Feared Litigation Firms", consisting of law firms that others would "rather not see as lead opposing counsel in a litigation case."