Small Business Lawyers Who Help With Litigation and Business Lawsuits

Meet with one of our business attorneys for up to an hour to discuss your small business legal issue. We look forward to discussing your legal problem, learning about your objectives, and offering legal options for you moving forward.

Doucet & Associates Co., L.P.A. is a civil litigation firm that assists small business owners and consumers in court throughout the civil litigation process. We evaluate matters carefully, listen to your objectives, and craft strategies to meet those objectives. Whether in state or federal court, we are comfortable representing the needs of our clients in litigation. Our founding attorney, Troy Doucet, recently published The Art of War for Lawyers, a book that analogizes litigation to Sun Tzu’s famous book on warfare.

We believe one of our strengths is our ability to litigate complex cases. We don’t just try cases, we execute strategies. These strategies consider the parties, court, lawyers, and issues. For us, litigation is not just about trying a case to a jury, but mastering the pleading, motion, and discovery process that occurs before trial. We believe in understanding the nature of the conflict, but also the procedural tools available for us to employ. Sit down with us for an hour so we can learn more about the legal issue your business is facing.

We regularly bring and defend lawsuits in state and federal trial court. We also maintain a robust appellate practice, and accept cases solely for the purposes of prosecuting an appeal. We enjoy the challenge of complex problems, and value the opportunity to help our clients solve problems through the litigation process.

Our litigation clients have come to us after they have tried repeatedly to reach a peaceful resolution to their problem with the opposing party. Sometimes the opposing party has good intentions, but our client cannot get to a decision maker to solve their problem. Other times, the relationship between the parties has deteriorated and all that is needed is a negotiator to help the parties reach a peaceful resolution. Yet other times, the opposing party will not play fair and a lawsuit becomes necessary to put things into perspective. We can help with any of these situations.

Overall, we are lawyers who believe that reasonable solutions can be obtained when the right incentives are in place and the parties have a healthy perspective of the conflict. Let us show you how we can help by scheduling a one hour appointment today. Please contact us at (614) 944-5219.

Our particular areas of strength are in contract law, property law, financial instruments, and foreclosure defense, which are all civil litigation matters. We also regularly work with business related torts and multiple different state and federal statutory schemes. If you need legal representation in a lawsuit, call the small business lawyers at Doucet & Associates today at (614) 944-5219 for a one hour consultation.

Contract Disputes

Many issues in commercial litigation deal with poorly drafted contracts. When this happens and the parties cannot resolve the dispute, civil litigation can ensue.

We regularly see problems arising from one sentence or even one word out of a massive document or legal statute. For example, we tried a case (and won) over the meaning of one sentence in a lease agreement, dealing with whether the landlord or the tenant was responsible for certain improvements to the building. Our client, the tenant, successfully argued at trial that the improvements were to be provided by the landlord at no additional cost.

If you have a contract based dispute, we would be happy to hear from you. We regularly represent Ohio small business owners and consumers in contract disputes. It’s a particular area of law we feel very comfortable working with, and we would be happy to review and advise you on your issue. Call us today at (614) 944-5219 for a hour initial consultation.

Debtor Protection & Commercial Foreclosure

Doucet & Associates Co., L.P.A. regularly represents small business owners facing commercial foreclosure. The laws are different and not as favorable as the laws governing mortgages on individuals’ homes, but there can be defenses available for commercial foreclosure clients, as well as counterclaims. In reviewing a commercial foreclosure matter, we are going to look closely at the closing loan documents, and the fairness of the bank’s actions during the servicing and default time periods.

Suing banks and financial companies has been the backbone of our practice, so we understand complex contracts, financial instruments, and property law. While our practice is not limited to these disputes, we regularly represent debtors in financial actions involving their creditors or bank. Read more about the foreclosure defense aspect of our civil litigation practice by clicking our “Foreclosure Defense” link.

Fraudulent Misrepresentation

Fraudulent misrepresentation occurs when a business or person lies to you about a material aspect of a transaction, and then that misrepresentation causes you damages. For example, if someone in a position of trust tells you a potential client is creditworthy, while knowing the person is broke, then that person may be obligated to cover your losses if the client does not pay.

This kind of claim is usually easy to spot, but sometimes harder to bring due to the issue of damages. A lie that is discovered before financial damages are incurred will usually prevent a lawsuit. Fraudulent misrepresentation claims require damages. While a swindler may be criminally prosecuted for attempted theft, civil law generally does not have a mechanism for recovering money if the theft does not result in financial loss.

If you need a lawyer to help you evaluate a potential fraudulent misrepresentation claim, call the fraudulent misrepresentation attorneys at Doucet & Associates, Inc. today at (614) 944-5219.

Scam Victims

Being the victim of a scam is always hard. You not only face the realization that someone has stolen from you, but also face the loss of money you worked hard to earn.

There is no reason why the person who scammed you needs to get away with it. Contact the police first, then give us a call to determine whether we can sue civilly to recover your lost funds. We can work outside of a lawsuit if you prefer, or provide you options to sue.

We find the most successful lawsuits against scammers are those in which the scam artist is located within the United States, can be identified, and owns some kind of assets (cash, car, boat, property) or has a regular job. These three things ensure we can not only find the person and serve them with the lawsuit, but also collect against them if you win. If a crime is involved, you may be able to recover from Ohio’s crime victims’ fund. If the scammer has an insurance policy or other state license, there may be funds available through those sources. Give us a call at (614) 944-5219 to evaluate whether a lawsuit is possible and also whether a judgment may be collectible.

If you are not sure whether you have been scammed, or the potential scam is ongoing, you should act quickly to talk to a lawyer. We can help you protect your interests if the deal is not a scam, or help you mitigate your losses if you are immersed in one. Help protect yourself against a scam by calling the scam victim lawyers at Doucet & Associates today at (614) 944-5219.

Tenant Representation

Commercial leases can be dozens of pages long and cover multiple topics, contingencies, duties, and obligations of the parties. These kinds of transactions can also be the largest that a business enters into, opening the business (and usually its owners) to substantial, long-term liability. Any business would be extremely wise to have a smart contract attorney review the lease before it is signed. Having a lawyer review your lease is even more important if it contains provisions about improvements to the space. These provisions need to very carefully drafted by knowledgeable lawyers to avoid future conflict.

We are lawyers who represent tenants in lease negotiations, as well as in litigation that flows from lease agreements. In early 2013, we represented a tenant at trial where certain work was supposed to be completed to the property by the landlord before move-in, but was not. The landlord argued the lease did not require him to perform the work, but the jury disagreed with him and awarded our client substantial damages.

If you are a tenant in need of legal representation, or a small business that needs legal help leasing property to a major corporation, call us to help you through the process. If you need to discuss a potential lawsuit surrounding your lease, or need a lawyer to help you negotiate the terms of the lease (or negotiate exiting the lease), call our tenant representation lawyers today at (614) 944-5219.

Tortious Interference

Tortious interference of contract and tortious interference of business relations are two kinds of lawsuits that a business can bring against another business (or individual) for wrongly causing a business deal to fall through (or lose profitability on the transaction). These kinds of claims usually arise when the wrongdoer communicates some kind of negative information to the potential buyer/client that causes the proposed transaction to fail or not be as profitable as expected. The negative information does not need to be false, but instead simply have the effect of stopping some other potential beneficial transaction for your business. This includes the disclosure of confidential, private information about you that otherwise would be irrelevant to the transaction.

If someone, or some business, has interfered in a business transaction that caused you to lose the deal or profitability on the deal, please call us at (614) 944-5219 to discuss your legal rights. You may be able to recover the lost profits or for the damage caused to your reputation.

Federal & Complex Litigation

Doucet & Associates, Inc. generally has about a dozen lawsuits pending in federal court at any given time. We particularly enjoy the complexity and attention to detail required in federal court, as well as the greater time federal judges have to put into their decisions. While suing in Ohio state courts has its benefits, we always advise our clients when federal court is an option.

In some areas, the federal system is much busier than that state judicial system. However, in Ohio, the opposite is true in most metropolitan areas. For example, Franklin County Common Pleas judges may manage close to 1,000 cases at a time, whereas a federal judge in the Southern District of Ohio may have only a few hundred. Ohio state judges can work very long hours and put enormous effort into their caseload, but the sheer number of cases creates unique challenges on cases in state court.

If you are contemplating filing a lawsuit in federal court, or have a case filed against you in an Ohio federal court, please give us a call today at (614) 944-5219 to discuss how we might be able to help. We also regularly practice before the federal U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (the federal appeals court covering Ohio), and would be happy to help you craft your litigation strategy.

Free Initial Consultation

Meet with us for up to an hour. We want to learn about your company, objectives, and how we might be able to help before you have to pay for our services. We also regularly represent clients on payment plans to make our representation as cost-efficient as possible for you. (Meeting and representation is contingent upon us not having a conflict and your issue being within our multiple areas of practice.)