Practice Areas

Business Litigation

Sherin and Lodgen’s litigation attorneys are first and foremost trial lawyers. We bring years of courtroom experience to any dispute, having successfully represented major businesses in complex commercial litigation throughout the country.

Clients turn to us for difficult cases in a variety of venues. We represent clients in a wide variety of industries, including publicly traded and privately held businesses, before state and federal courts, juries and judges, arbitration panels and state and federal administrative agencies, and United States Courts of Appeals, state appellate courts and administrative appeals boards.

As a result, we offer years of battle-hardened litigation experience, including:

  • Complex Contract Claims
  • Construction Claims
  • Commercial Disputes
  • Business Torts
  • Business Disputes
  • Close Corporations

In short, our attorneys represent our clients wherever and whenever our clients’ disputes need resolution.

Who We Are

Our litigation practice encompasses a wide variety of complex matters. These include securities litigation, product liability claims, employment claims, insurance coverage disputes, intellectual property litigation and professional liability litigation.

We have a deep bench experienced in various multifaceted case management issues, including e-discovery, large-volume document collection, production and review, and multi-jurisdictional, multi-action, multi-party discovery.

Our Approach

Our first priority is to provide the highest quality service and legal representation for our clients. Sherin and Lodgen’s trial lawyers efficiently and effectively organize and manage complex and high-profile litigation.

We analyze claims precisely to calculate our client’s exposure. Our client’s goals govern our litigation and trial strategies. Some cases require aggressive action, while others require prompt resolution or are influenced more by pressing business concerns than by legal rights and remedies.

We take a pragmatic approach which is consistent with the firm’s general philosophy of the practice of law. Our trial lawyers work in innovative ways without losing sight of the reality that solutions must be practical and commensurate with the client’s goals and available resources. We call this proportionality.

Cost is a key component of a successful conclusion to litigation. That is why we pay close attention to the bottom line, making effective use of associates and paralegals when appropriate.

Sherin and Lodgen has invested heavily in technologies designed to reduce costs by allowing our lawyers to work more efficiently. Most importantly, we exercise our reasoned judgment–collectively and individually–to provide cost-effective and value-added representation without compromising quality.

Complex Contract Claims

The range of disputes based on contract can vary widely. We represent clients in businesses as varied as timber investment management and metal plate manufacturing. These clients present disputes that are complex both legally and factually. Sherin and Lodgen lawyers manage client disputes through expert knowledge of the dispute resolution system as well as the client’s business.

Regardless of the size of the dispute, Sherin and Lodgen’s litigation team can negotiate on your behalf. If necessary, we commence or defend proceedings which, according to the subject matter and the amount of the claim, will be dealt with in either state or federal court. We also advise clients on the best steps to take to try to avoid or resolve disputes without having to resort to court proceedings.

Construction Claims

Sherin and Lodgen’s construction law attorneys have extensive experience resolving disputes arising out of major private and public construction projects. We work with a wide range of sophisticated clients, including:

  • Contractors
  • Real estate investors and developers
  • Owners
  • Construction managers
  • Architects
  • Subcontractors
  • Suppliers
  • Landlords
  • Tenants
  • Engineers

Commercial Disputes

Commercial disputes are inevitable and affect a company’s business. Sherin and Lodgen’s trial lawyers constantly re-evaluate our client’s risks and benefits during the course of litigation, providing the client with timely and useful information.

By keeping our clients up to date on their cases, they are better able to achieve positive business results. We provide litigation plans, budgets, and constructive analysis on all aspects of pending litigation to allow our clients to better manage their business.

Business Torts

Virtually all business disputes involve allegations of business torts. In Massachusetts, this includes Chapter 93A violations. Sherin and Lodgen’s litigation team is expert in the litigation of business torts. These include fraud, misrepresentation, tortious interference and claims of unfair competition, to name a few.

We understand that tortious conduct affects our client’s bottom line. Our goal is to minimize risk and maximize recovery.

Every client’s needs are different. Sherin and Lodgen’s lawyers take the time to understand each client’s goals and to develop proportional litigation strategies to help realize those goals.

Business Disputes

Conflicts and disputes can have a lasting effect on profitability and may threaten the very existence of a company. This applies whatever the nature of the dispute, whether it involves your partner, suppliers, customers or employees.

Every commercial enterprise is aware of the costs associated with resolving business disputes through litigation. Sherin and Lodgen’s litigation attorneys are adept at using different ways of efficiently handling and resolving these kinds of disputes. Whether by direct negotiation, arbitration, mediation or litigation, Sherin and Lodgen has an effective track record of cost-effective resolution.

Close Corporations

Sherin and Lodgen provides guidance for close corporations regarding corporate planning, drafting, designing and preventive law. We advise our clients on the practical methods of adapting the traditional corporate framework into one suitable for close corporations.

We do this by staying apprised of federal and state trends in legislation and how those trends affect our client’s close corporations. Sherin and Lodgen advises its clients on the benefits of shareholder agreements and how such agreements can promote harmonious relationships within the corporation and minimize the risk of litigation.

Practice Area Co-Chairs

Edward S. Cheng, John C. La Liberte, Sara Jane Shanahan, Debra Squires-Lee

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