Gordon & Rees has a national reputation for successfully managing, resolving, and trying multi-party and complex claims in every substantive area of commercial law. Our lawyers have tried or arbitrated bet-the-company cases in nearly every industry and profession. Gordon & Rees lawyers are regularly in court, try cases on a frequent basis, and have a track record of unprecedented endurance for handling multiple consecutive complex matters and lengthy trials. In 2013 alone, we generated a 96% win rate at trial, prevailing in 23 of 24 cases we tried to verdict. Our reputation enables clients to send the strong message that they are unshaken by the possibility of trial. Our broad range of industry experience gives us the expert knowledge to successfully present the most complicated cases to judges, juries, and mediators alike.
Our areas of expertise include the following:
In addition, we regularly and successfully handle complex claims involving:
While we do not believe every case should go to trial, we do believe every case gains a competitive advantage from a trial-ready approach. Our record proves that trial lawyers get better litigation results and better settlements. Leveraging the unique perspective of a well-experienced lawyer is the most powerful positioning tool for achieving the best possible solution in arbitration, mediation or other negotiated settlement forums.
The extensive bet-the-company litigation experience of our Commercial Litigation lawyers provides many critical benefits to clients, including our ability to immediately conduct a comprehensive risk analysis to quickly determine the realistic value of a case, provide reliable estimates of time-to-resolution, and deliver accurate litigation budget forecasts.
Our lawyers have the depth of recent first-hand experience required to identify, very early in the evaluation of the case, the primary issues of law and fact, provide reliable jury outcome scenarios, and develop realistic alternative resolution options. We also aggressively pursue pre-trial strategies, including opportunities to win on dispositive motions, which could lead to favorable resolution before trial or limit the issues at trial. Our Commercial Litigation lawyers are very creative when it comes to eliminating claims at the earliest possible stage.
At all times, we make certain our clients are well-aware of any developments related to their cases and we immediately communicate any necessary adjustments to the strategy or tactics that form the basis of the litigation plan, including scope of discovery, key witnesses and expert testimony. Our goal at Gordon & Rees is to eliminate surprises, and our commitment to responsive and effective communication with clients means we are always on the same page in terms of the resolution plan, litigation cost management, and underlying business goals. Our clients count on us for advice and guidance that is candid, pragmatic and objective. We help our clients arrive at the decision that is the most beneficial to their reputation, business and bottom-line.
A Dedicated and Qualified Team
Except in the rare case, when trial is necessary, the same Gordon & Rees lawyers who have been handling an engagement from day one are the lawyers who will be trying the case. The reason is simple - the greatest source of unnecessary time and expense for clients is having only one or two seasoned trial lawyers on hand who have to be brought in at the last minute to try every case. Our Commercial Litigation practice does not operate that way.
Many firms have a deep bench of litigators who have some periodic trial experience, but Gordon & Rees has a deep bench of litigators who have extensive first chair trial experience. We thoroughly train our lawyers on the tactical and strategic aspects of a real-life trial practice, assuring our team has the skills, knowledge, and experience required to achieve success in the courtroom and at the negotiating table.
*Connecticut Rules of Professional Conduct 7.4 and 7.4A prohibit a lawyer admitted to practice in Connecticut from stating or implying that he or she is a specialist in a particular field of law unless that lawyer is currently certified as a specialist in that particular field of law by a board or other entity which is approved by the Rules Committee of the Connecticut Superior Court. Therefore, to the extent that any content of this page states or implies that any of Gordon & Rees LLP's Connecticut lawyers have certain "expertise," unless a particular lawyer's biography indicates a particular certification, that word shall mean only that the lawyer has extensive experience in that area and/or focuses or concentrates his or her practice in that area.