BKH: Your Complex Litigation Partners
The Betras, Kopp & Harshman approach to complex business litigation is based on two bedrock principles:
The first is our unwavering commitment to securing the best possible result for our business and corporate clients in the boardroom, at the negotiating table, and, when necessary, in court.
The second is our belief that everyone, including business owners, investors, patent holders, and partners in closely-held firms, should have access to sound legal counsel and the civil justice system. But because complex commercial litigation can be extremely costly, businesspeople who can’t afford the high hourly fees charged by “white shoe” law firms can find themselves at a serious disadvantage if the parties on the other side of the table have deep pockets.
Fortunately, BKH levels the playing field by offering contingency fee arrangements to select commercial clients. If you are involved in litigation with a big-money investor, a firm battling a hostile takeover, or are involved in a dispute with a partner whose financial strength far exceeds your own, contact us today to arrange a no-cost consultation. If we believe your case has merit, we will invest our time, talent, and resources to protect your interests.
Along with innovative fee arrangements, the attorneys who lead our complex litigation department, Brian Kopp, Christopher Knopik, and Douglas Titus, offer clients an impressive depth and breadth of skill and knowledge along with a combined 96 years of legal experience. All three began their careers clerking for respected federal judges before entering private practice. Atty. Kopp, who won his first significant wrongful death verdict in 1999 at the age of 29, negotiates multi-million-dollar contracts for athletes and coaches, manages complex real estate and business transactions, crafts multi-faceted M&A and partnership agreements, and serves as both plaintiff and defense counsel in civil trials and alternative dispute resolution proceedings.
During more than 30 years in private practice, Christopher Knopick tried numerous medical negligence, personal injury, product liability, intellectual property, civil rights, commercial cases in state and federal court. He also served as national trial counsel for one of the world’s largest product manufacturers and as defense trial counsel for three of Florida’s largest electric utilities. In March 2014 Chris became Chief Legal Officer (CLO) and General Counsel (GC) at the Laser Spine Institute (LSI) where he was responsible for litigation, corporate compliance, internal investigations, intellectual property protection, contract review, selection and management of outside counsel, and internal and external crisis communications.
Douglas Titus’ work as a prosecutor and both plaintiff’s and defense counsel in cases involving a wide variety of criminal, civil, and regulatory matters gives him a unique and highly valuable perspective on the world of complex business and personal injury litigation. During his career, he has represented clients charged with insider trading, market manipulation, accounting irregularities, securities fraud, bank fraud, tax fraud, telemarketing fraud, procurement fraud, money-laundering, racketeering, and criminal violations of environmental regulations. He has also been retained by individuals and corporations involved in litigation related to contract disputes, fiduciary responsibilities, trusts, and estates.
The venues in which Atty. Titus practices are as diverse as his casework. Along with the federal and state courts, he has represented clients before the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, debarment proceedings at the U.S. Department of Defense, and a variety of alternative dispute resolution proceedings. He has also provided counsel to individuals and corporations under investigation by local, state, statewide, and federal grand juries and regulatory authorities.
Our team’s unrivaled experience and record of achieving exceptional results for our clients make it easy to understand why so many businesses, corporations, and individuals regularly place their trust and the future of their enterprises in our capable hands.
Our Business/Complex Litigation Department recognizes that no two situations or cases are alike. That is why we work hard to deliver sound advice and creative, cost-effective solutions that meet each of our clients’ unique needs in the most expeditious manner possible. Our practice areas include:
- Business Torts
- Commercial Disputes
- Interference with contract or prospective business relations
- Business disparagement, unfair competition, and theft of trade secrets
- Partnership Disputes
- Business Contracts and Employment Agreements
- Business Dissolutions
We regularly provide the following services to a wide range of clients:
- The formation of LLPs and limited partnerships
- Negotiation of member agreements and terms of admission.
- Re-organization and restructuring member agreements for existing LLPs, including partial spinouts.
- Develop and draft carry vehicles and remuneration provisions and incentivization plans for limited partnerships and LLP members.
- Advise on removing members, changing member terms and revising member agreements.
- Advise individual members regarding joining or leaving partnerships and LLPs,
- Advise parties engaged in LLP, LLCs, or closely held entities involving partners, venture capitalists and members of boards of directors
- Challenge or defend the validity and enforceability of business contracts and employment agreements
- Represent family members, shareholders, partners, and others involved in litigation of issues related to the dissolution of a business
A Special Note On Business Dissolutions
We recognize that businesses may dissolve for a number of reasons. In some cases, the decision to dissolve a business entity is voluntary and mutual. In others, the businesses may be forced into dissolution as a result of external factors that are beyond the control of owners, partners or stakeholders.
Whatever the reason for the breakup, BKH helps clients explore every available option. We make sure our clients fully understand the consequences of the impending dissolution, we protect their interests inside and outside the courtroom, and design strategies that shield them from continuing liability related to ongoing business activities and future disputes.
Our work in this important area of business law includes:
- Filing and defending motions to compel the business dissolution when partners or stakeholders cannot reach a mutually satisfactory agreement.
- Representing minority shareholders in disputes involving freezeouts, self-dealings, unfair compensation plans, and abuse of minority shareholders.
- Pursuing and defending claims against directors or officers alleging breaches of fiduciary duty and other forms of financial misconduct.
- Representing shareholders and business partners in suits against officers who used the corporate entity for improper advantage.
To learn more about our complex/business litigation services or to arrange a no-cost consultation, contact us at 813-333-9420, 800-457-2889, or by completing our contact form.