Practice Areas

Business Litigation

If you are faced with a business dispute, Slate Stern Law will provide you the diligent and aggressive representation you deserve. Contact Slate Stern Law to discuss how we can obtain a successful resolution to your business dispute.

Slate Stern Law has extensive experience handling a wide array of commercial and business litigation cases to include contract disputes, property rights disputes, breach of contract disputes, construction disputes, commercial torts, deceptive trade practices, fraud claims, partnership disputes, insurance and bad faith claims, commercial debt disputes, conversion or theft claims, employment disputes, and shareholder litigation. We understand that litigation can put at risk everything our clients have worked so hard to achieve. Our mission is to help our clients resolve their business disputes through the most efficient means available.

The following are examples of some of the types of injury cases we handle:

  • Bet the Company Litigation
  • Corporate Securities
  • Directors Officers Litigation
  • Eminent Domain
  • Employment
  • Energy Enviromental Disputes
  • Financial Institution Disputes
  • Real Estate and Construction Disputes
  • Unfair Competition
  • Unfair Trade Practices
  • Copyright Trade Secrets Litigation
  • Disputes between businesses
  • Contract Litigation
  • Tortious Interference
  • Breaches of Commercial Leases
  • Fraud in the Sale of Real Estate
  • Disputes Against Insurance Companies
  • Fraud and Misrepresentation
  • Breach of Contract

Slate Stern Law is respected for its business law and commercial litigation practices in New Mexico. We have successfully litigated on behalf of numerous clients in New Mexico. Slate Stern Law has been helping clients since the 1994 providing legal counsel, advice, guidance, courtroom representation and litigation services. If you are looking for a knowledgeable, experienced business lawyer in Santa Fe, New Mexico, contact us today to see how we can assist you.

Business law is sometimes referred to as commercial law and is that branch of legal practice that includes a wide range of representation, from formation of corporate entities, to drafting corporate bylaws, writing human resource policies, crafting covenant not compete agreements, confidentiality agreements, non-disclosure agreements and other agreements that pertain to businesses as they relate to individuals, other businesses, and the government. It likewise includes business disputes and termination of businesses such as corporate wind-down and sometimes litigation.

With their vast experience and in-depth understanding of business law, Slate Stern Law can advise and represent clients on a day-to-day basis as they run their businesses and manage their commercial interests. Every business carries with it specific risks and potential rewards. We will work in our clients’ best interests with vigor to identify their business objectives and help them execute their business plans whether it be in negotiations or during times of conflict where the results are determined by courts or administrative agencies.

At Slate Stern Law, clients can count on finding an experienced business law attorney to represent them adequately when it comes to drafting corporate documents, negotiating contracts, writing agreements or managing litigation. Slate Stern Law has the necessary legal tools that ensure they are efficient in litigation. The litigation experience we have includes;

  • Bench trials before a Judge
  • Judge and Jury Trials
  • Administrative Trials
  • Summary Judgment Motions
  • Arbitrations
  • Mediations

Many business owners, commercial enterprises, and individuals often wait until the last minute to seek legal recourse in business matters. Slate Stern Law is always available to assist in emergency cases. Any business person, company or organization in need of advice or litigation services should contact us as soon as possible. Every client at Slate Stern Law receives the personal attention and direct involvement of Slate Stern in drafting documents, negotiating agreements, writing contracts and resolving disputes in litigation. You deserves personal attention from a Santa Fe business lawyer who understands your unique business. Slate Stern Law can be reached at its Santa Fe office by phone, email or directly at the office Slate Stern Law today for legal representation that is tailored to your specific objectives.

Commercial Litigation

Commercial Litigation in Santa Fe

Commercial enterprises face a number of challenges that they must address in order to protect their interests and stay competitive. For example, intellectual property matters may threaten the exclusivity and profitability of a business. Unfair or deceptive trade practices could cause similarly harmful consequences. It is important to identify and deal with these situations quickly and decisively in order to preserve a business and its future success.

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Partnership and shareholder disputes

Partnership and Shareholder Disputes

Many businesses are owned by more than one person. Even privately owned businesses can be owned or managed by dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of people. Naturally, disagreements arise in connection with the operation of a business; however, allegations of oppressive or unlawful conduct can lead to bitter litigation between owners, partners, or shareholders—putting the future, expansion, control, or even dissolution of a business into question.

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Business Fraud

Business Fraud In New Mexico – What is it?

Business fraud can arise in every industry and in every type of business relationship. While the facts and details are always different, these cases usually involve allegations that somebody lied or did not disclose the complete truth. Slate Stern represents plaintiffs in disputes involving allegations of business fraud. Slate Stern has recovered substantial amounts for businesses as plaintiffs in cases of business fraud cases.

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Breach of Contract in New Mexico

Breach of Contract In New Mexico

One of the most fundamental business disputes is a breach of contract. Ultimately, when someone breaches a contract, an election has to be made about whether to institute some legal proceeding. Depending on the contract, a proper forum may be in state or federal court, or in some other contracted forum such as arbitration.

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Interference with Prospective Contracts

Interference with Prospective Contracts in New Mexico

While tortious interference deals with claims made when a contract is already in place, there is another category for relationships that have not yet been made official. Interference with prospective contracts deals with just that—attempting to prevent a contract from being agreed to by two parties. As business disputes go, such conduct is illegal.

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Breach of Fiduciary Duty in New Mexico

Breach of Fiduciary Duty in New Mexico

The law recognizes the existence of fiduciary duties resulting for special relationships of trust or confidence in certain individuals. Fiduciary duties can arise out of formal relationships, such as a lawyer or partner, or even informal relationships, if the specific facts or circumstances require the imposition of fiduciary duties.

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Business Torts

The law recognizes a wide variety of business torts which may arise under a number of circumstances, such as during the sale or acquisition of a business, when one business unlawfully interferes with a contract or relationship, or when a former employee steals proprietary and confidential trade secrets.

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Tortious Interference

Tortious interference claims may arise when a party unlawfully interferes with an existing contract or prospective business relations. Either scenario can result in a lost deal, rejected bid, or canceled contract that otherwise would have come to fruition. Invariably, such a loss can result in losses of thousands, millions, or even billions of dollars.

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Trade Secrets

The difference between success and failure in the fiercely competitive world of business and commerce can come down to a unique idea, innovation, formula, strategy, or process. It is paramount that businesses protect this information and secure its confidentiality to ensure it does not end up in the hands of the competition.

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Unfair Competition

Unfair competition refers primarily to dishonest or deceptive practices that cause economic injury to businesses. The doctrine of “unfair competition” has been recognized by New Mexico courts as an umbrella category arising out of business conduct contrary to honest practices in business.

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