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Business Litigation + Transactions

Overview

MG+M’s Business Litigation + Transactions group partners with clients to identify goals for disputes or transactions that mesh with clients’ visions for their companies. MG+M offers start-to-finish business counseling—advising businesses throughout the United States and Europe on a full spectrum of sophisticated disputes and transactions and, when necessary, litigating their most complex, high-stakes business conflicts. Combining a pragmatic approach with extensive skills, we devise strategies that enable and support our clients’ business goals. 

MG+M analyzes every aspect of a dispute, including conducting and/or managing internal and government investigations, and advises companies with an eye towards efficiently resolving matters to help our clients focus on their business, instead of litigation. We provide efficient and creative ways to minimize risk–both in the litigation/investigation and transactional context–as a matter proceeds. Working with clients as business partners, MG+M constantly analyzes the best path forward, up to and including litigation. When cases proceed to trial, MG+M prepares cases using our team of trial-tested attorneys and professionals.

Diverse resources for diverse cases 
Clients depend on MG+M to represent them in business disputes and formal litigation, as well as internal and government investigations. Our team has successfully litigated cases involving innumerable types of matters, including complex contracts; antitrust claims; M&A fallouts; shareholder disputes; securities actions; construction litigation; intellectual property; indemnity disputes; employment and non-compete litigation, investigation and counseling; bankruptcy claims; real estate disputes; and environmental litigation. 

Our internal and government investigation experience includes employment-related investigations, internal fraud and risk audits, and False Claims Act, DOJ, State Attorney General and other law enforcement or government investigations. We also represent businesses in mission-critical patent, trademark, and copyright disputes before government agencies and in federal trial and appeals courts. We protect a wide range of well-known brands, as well as advanced computer, telecommunications, medical device, and other technologies.

Practice Chair Howard Goldberg also manages the firm’s eDiscovery practice, and handles eDiscovery, cyber-security and information governance for some of the largest aerospace, energy, food service, real estate development and manufacturing companies in the world. MG+M's extensive experience and team approach allows to mobilize our teams quickly and provide advice with minimal business disturbance.

Transactional
Clients across industries trust MG+M to support their companies throughout the business life cycle. MG+M advises on the entire range of transactional issues, including M&A, corporate governance, commercial finance, commercial real estate development, health care transactions, private placement investments and succession planning. Whatever the size and stage of your company, MG+M helps to find solutions tailored to business goals. As a litigation-focused firm with more than 20 years of experience partnering with companies as trial and coordinating counsel on both a national and local level, we have a deep understanding of clients’ business and objectives. We apply that experience supporting companies with all of the resources at our disposal. MG+M’s team-first approach guarantees that our clients’ businesses receive tailored, specific guidance for whatever challenges they might face. 

Experience

  • Advise a leading university in connection with a criminal grand jury subpoena.

  • Successfully resolving a dispute with former corporate executives related to earn-out agreements following an acquisition.

  • Working with Dutch co-counsel, secured a €42,260,044 judgment against a global investment management firm in a case in the District Court of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, alleging breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duties and fraud.

  • Regularly prosecute multimillion-dollar breach of contract claims for a leading custodial, maintenance and engineering firm.

  • Regularly advise commercial landlord regarding tenant issues, including improvements, vacating premises, lease abandonment, and failure to pay rent.

  • Coordinate multiple federal lawsuits to enforce noncompete agreements, misappropriation of trade secrets and anti-competitive conduct by industry rivals.

  • Advise a leading university on applicability of insurance coverage to government investigation.

  • Advise a leading university in a variety of regulatory, contract and intellectual property matters.

  • Won a plaintiff's verdict in a $30 million breach of contract arbitration for a global facilities management company.

  • Secured favorable bench trial ruling for the defense (later affirmed on appeal) on behalf of an international pulp and paper company in a matter in which the plaintiff alleged that it had formed a contract with the defendant to buy railroad cars and later lost out on a large commission when the railroad cars were sold to another buyer.

  • Obtained a defense verdict following a week-long trial on an attorney’s lien claim for over $6 million in fees.

  • Obtained a multimillion-dollar recovery for a utility company in a suit to recover response costs from a chemical manufacturer that had caused significant environmental contamination at the sites of several former manufactured-gas plants owned by the utility.

  • Secured favorable settlement for a regional public utility company in a $20 million arbitration dispute related to the construction of numerous solar fields.

  • Favorably settled a fraud and breach of contract action against a national university for failure to pay millions of dollars to its food service provider following a successful appeal to the Third Circuit.

  • Defended an international food service management company in numerous federal and state False Claims Act investigations.

  • Defended a major energy company in a Massachusetts False Claims Act investigation.

  • Advised a non-profit during an investigation by the Massachusetts Attorney General regarding corporate structure, use of over $10 million in charitable assets, and general governance.

  • Defended a facilities management company through trial and appeal in a $2 million fraud and breach of contract case in which a former customer alleged that our client’s on-site manager improperly steered renovation business to a general contractor with which the manager had a financial interest.

  • Successfully mediated multimillion-dollar claims against an employer stemming from alleged breach of executive employment agreements.

  • Represented leading company in the construction, building and services market in a contract dispute seeking $1 million and defending against liquidated damages claims in excess of $10 million.

  • Represented a resort/hotel/casino operator in a $100 million breach of contract and fraud dispute with its construction manager.

  • Represented a major energy company in a $250 million contract dispute with an ethanol manufacturer.

  • Represented a public utility company in a dispute with joint venture partners over the construction of a transmission line.

  • Defended a regional restaurant chain in federal criminal and civil investigations related to labor practices.

  • Prosecuted direct and derivative claims on behalf of founder and shareholders of a mobile payment solutions company.