The military strategist, Karl Von Clausewitz, once described war as an “extension of diplomacy.” At Burak Anderson & Melloni, we believe that litigation should play a similar role. Litigation is one means of achieving our clients’ business goals – in effect, an extension of negotiation rather than an end in itself. This approach to dispute resolution requires us to understand fully our client’s goals, as well as the practical and financial concerns that affect our client’s desire to litigate the matter.
The Firm provides litigation services in a broad spectrum of disputes and claims, including antitrust and trade regulation, breach of contract, commercial fraud and misrepresentation, construction projects, employment and misappropriateion of trade secrets, environmental and land use planning, securities, defense of lender liability claims, hazardous waste and Superfund claims, trademarks and unfair competition claims, and utility regulation.
The members of the Firm’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group have attended the most demanding law schools in the country, completed judicial clerkships in the federal and state courts and have obtained significant experience in major urban law firms. Our attorneys are committed to an uncompromising quality of service guided by the needs and wishes of the Firm’s clients and work as a team dedicated to providing the highest quality legal services.
Our strength lies in the litigation and appeal of complex and technically demanding cases. Working as a team, each of our litigators contributes unique skills to the resolution of contested cases. As a result of our efforts, the Firm has successfully represented clients at all levels of the state and federal court system, before administrative boards and tribunals, and in arbitrations and other alternative dispute resolution proceedings. Examples of the Firm’s litigation successes include Fab-Tech, Inc. v. E.I. Du Pont De Nemours and Company, __ F.3d __ (2d Cir. 2009), In re Chittenden Solid Waste District, 2007 VT 28, 182 Vt. 38, 928 A.2d 1183, and Chittenden Solid Waste District v. Hinesburg Sand & Gravel Co., 169 Vt. 153, 730 A.2d 614 (1999).
Specific areas of practice of the Firm’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group include the following:
· Intellectual Property
· Corporate and Partnership Dissolution
· Appellate Litigation
· Energy Litigation
· Title Insurance Coverage and Resolution
· Boundary and Survey Disputes
· Business and Real Estate Valuation
· Construction Law
· Arbitration and Mediation
· Federal Board of Contract Appeals and United States Claims Court Litigation
· Employment Law