Our litigators have been delivering exceptional results in a responsive and efficient cost-effective manner for nearly 35 years.  We vigorously represent you and never lose sight of your goals.  We handle all facets of civil litigation in federal and state trial and appellate courts, as well as in private arbitration forums and administrative bodies. 

Our strategies are designed to try to resolve your case before it ever reaches trial, thus saving you thousands of dollars in trial fees and expenses and our clients praise the high level of care, detail, and communication that we apply to every matter.  Many of our clients have been with the firm for decades.

Our Expertise

We represent individuals and business organizations as plaintiffs and defendants in all types of commercial litigation. Typical matters include corporate shareholder, partner and member disputes; commercial and entertainment litigation; disputes arising out of real estate acquisitions, title insurance and landlord/tenant matters; easement disputes; actions for breach of contract; quiet title; defamation; business torts; actions relating to the recovery of real estate and personal property; and the foreclosure of liens.

Our experienced litigators understand sophisticated deal, financing and ownership structures and the rules and regulations that apply to real estate and secured transactions.  We represent clients in wide variety of disputes involving commercial lease disputes, land use issues, workout litigation, partnership disputes, title disputes, easement issues, real estate brokerage matters, condominium association disputes, sale and acquisition disputes.

Our real estate litigation clients include developers and builders, owners, landlords, commercial tenants, real estate management companies, institutional investors, lenders, real estate investment trusts (REITs), contractors and neighborhood groups.

Our Firm represents manufacturers, distributors and retailers involved in trade dress, copyright and unfair competition litigation.

Life insurance companies rely on Gilchrist & Rutter for advice and representation in a variety of litigation matters, including defense of insureds in coverage disputes, breach of contract, bad faith and punitive damage actions.

Defense of governmental investigations, notices, orders, enforcement and penalty actions under federal, state, regional or local environmental or occupational health and safety laws and regulations.

Petitions for exhaustion of administrative remedies prior to judicial review.

Prosecution, defense and resolution of environmental claims for cost recovery or property damage due to hazardous substance contamination, including related insurance claims and coverage disputes.

Environmental liability of business entities and personal liability of owners or managers.

Bankruptcy and environmental liability.

Environmental liability of shareholders of dissolved corporations.

Gilchrist & Rutter supports alternatives to the judicial system for dispute resolution in the business context. We have extensive experience in representing our clients' interests in arbitrations and mediations. We routinely handle mediations and arbitrations before the American Arbitration Association, JAMS, ADR and ARC. 

Thomas Casparian is a Certified Appellate Law Specialist who has extensive experience in handling appeals in both State and Federal Court.

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