We understand what it takes to be a business owner and control your own company. It’s not an easy job to serve clients, oversee staff, and maximize revenue. Thus, when confronted with corporate and employment legal challenges, it’s wise to seek advice from a committed group of Scottsdale employer attorneys.
Here at Shields Petitti & Zoldan, PLC, we offer forward-thinking legal strategies tailored to address your most pressing and delicate business challenges. Our team of lawyers boasts hands-on experience across a multitude of sectors.
We understand your sector inside out, whether it’s banking, manufacturing, construction, agribusiness, telecommunications, real estate, or transportation. Regardless of your business’s background and industry, our attorneys align their objectives with yours to provide optimal outcomes.
Instead of opting for generic legal counsel, choose a team that is well-known for its achievements and accolades. Many attorneys in our firm hold the esteemed AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Several others have earned the Lawyer of the Year title from The Best Lawyers in America. Rest assured, all of them are equipped to address your business concerns with professionalism and effectiveness.
Take a look through this guide to see the full range of employer legal services we can offer you today.
Business Law Services We Offer
Your company is more than just a business. We know it’s a manifestation of your dedication and vision. We offer a wide range of services designed to protect, enhance, and expand your business’s horizons.
Executive Litigation and Executive Contract Review
Executives play a vital role in the operations of a company. As such, it’s critical that their relationship with your company is clear. Clarifying the details of your relationship will help guarantee that their future with the company will be a positive one. If not, executive litigation can result, leading to many headaches for your company.
Executive litigation includes disputes over non-compete agreements and severance packages. On the other hand, executive agreements involve a host of other issues like compensation types, liability reduction, confidentiality requirements, trademark issues, and executive benefits. Whatever the exact circumstance, a business law firm will play a large role in ensuring a positive outcome.
Companies simply cannot function without constant negotiations. Their survival hinges on obtaining fair results in negotiations with competitors, governments, and individuals.
Just a few examples include things like mergers, non-disclosure agreements, and service contracts. It may be tempting to think that you can perform all of these things on your own, but it is wiser to trust an experienced attorney. They have decades of practice obtaining outstanding terms for their clients.
Breach of Fiduciary Duty
The world of fiduciary duty requires one party, the fiduciary, to act in the best interests of the principal. Think of when a director looks out for a company’s shareholders or when an employer advocates for their team. But there’s a catch.
The moment the fiduciary misuses the principal’s trust, that’s a breach. Such a misstep often requires extensive legal proceedings to mitigate the damage. A team of Scottsdale employer attorneys can step into the fray to limit your liability or obtain the compensation you deserve for the breach.
With the advent of the digital age and endless media platforms, words have consequences. Unfortunately, many of these words are false and can tarnish the reputation of your business. When false tales tarnish a sterling name, the bad actor might be guilty of defamation.
In today’s Scottsdale, where tweets and posts fly faster than lightning, a former employee’s post is more than just a jealous rant. It can be a legal threat to your business’s story and reputation.
Fraud is another gross violation of trust. The definition of fraud is simple: according to Merriam-Webster, it means deceit or trickery. Yet the consequences are often both complicated and costly. A few real-world examples of fraud include things like an executive’s theft of business funds or the manipulation of business records.
Besides the terrible personal effects of this kind of betrayal, fraud can lead your company into a difficult situation overnight. That said, our team of Scottsdale employer lawyers can help you get your business out of this bind.
Fraudulent and Negligent Misrepresentation
There’s a thin line between intentionally misleading and not knowing better. On the one hand, negligent misrepresentation is when someone says something that they should have known was false. Fraudulent representation is when a party makes a false statement with an intent to deceive or with a reckless disregard for the facts. Whatever the exact form, misrepresentation can lead your business into troubled waters.
And while businesses often suffer great harm from misrepresentation, proving that it happened is not an easy task. Generally, you must demonstrate that the false statement caused your business to take some action.
Then, you need to show that relying on the untrue statement caused your business financial injury. With a business lawyer, you can find some peace in the knowledge that a talented legal professional with the know-how to prove misrepresentation in court is handling your case.
Embezzlement is another key term that business owners need to understand. It happens when someone takes the services or property of another for their own benefit. Unfortunately, the business world is awash in examples of embezzlement, as it is a common white-collar crime.
Just a few examples include the Enron fiasco in 2001 and Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, which cost his clients billions of dollars. Because it can destroy businesses literally overnight, embezzlement leads to both civil and criminal punishments.
Misappropriation of Trade Secrets
Trade secret misappropriation is the wrongful acquisition of a company’s trade secrets by someone else. It can happen when one employee carelessly lets a secret slip. It can also occur when corporate saboteurs and operatives steal trade secrets for financial gain.
Like misrepresentation, establishing trade secret misappropriation in court is something that calls for the services of a lawyer for employers in Scottsdale.
Unfair Business Practices
Unfair business practices are another common problem that you’ll face in the business world. They include things like price fixing, false or misleading advertising, and deceptive pricing.
Unfortunately, even a seemingly harmless statement can lead to significant consequences down the road. Yet a talented attorney for employers can help correct the issue before things get out of hand.
Defense Against Discrimination Claims
All private-sector employees have the right to file a claim with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) if they think they have suffered some kind of illegal harassment or retaliation. EEOC claims come in countless forms, including, but not limited to, the following:
- Discrimination based on an individual’s race or color,
- Harassment based on a person’s religious beliefs,
- Retaliation for protected activity,
- Failure to provide reasonable accommodation, and
- Sexual harassment.
Besides the wide range of claims that you can face in the EEOC, there are countless procedural rules and processes to consider. For those reasons, it’s best to obtain an attorney to defend your company against EEOC claims.
Contact A Scottsdale Employer Attorney At Shields Petitti & Zoldan, PLC
As you can see, we can tackle almost any kind of business law issue. If you are facing any of these above legal issues, contact us today. We’ll do everything we can to protect your interests so that you can focus on running your business. In addition, we’ll do everything we can to provide you with sterling customer service. Don’t wait. Get in touch with us today.