Shareholder disputes need not rise to the level of costly litigation. Resolving shareholder disputes via negotiation and compromise is often less costly and has the added benefit of helping maintain important personal relationships in a closely held business, a family commercial operation or a business partnership. From our office in Boston, the corporate litigation attorneys at Rudolph Friedmann LLP provide advice and legal guidance in shareholder disputes of all kinds.
Shareholder Disputes in Massachusetts Companies
Business conflicts within closely held or family owned businesses usually require legal counsel to re-examine the operating agreements, partnership agreements, or corporate bylaws that were created when the business was first formed. These guiding documents must be interpreted to determine the rights and responsibilities of stockholders and shareholders in conflicts such as:
- Disputes over intellectual property and trade secrets
- Financial disputes, dividend issues and questions about returns on investment
- Breach of contract cases
- Hiring and employment disputes
- Derivative lawsuits
- Shareholder oppression litigation
- Breach of fiduciary duty claims
- Fraud or deceptive practices
- Business succession disputes
- Real estate disputes
- Partnership breakups and business divorces
Our goal in every business dispute is to protect our client’s financial interest and long-term ownership interest in the company. When negotiations and alternative dispute resolution fails to resolve a shareholder dispute, our law firm has the necessary experience and knowledge to forcefully defend a client’s business rights via litigation.
It may be necessary to file a lawsuit immediately to protect a minority shareholder’s rights and preserve the status quo — meaning the financial resources and business contracts of the company.
If you anticipate a shareholder dispute, consult one of the talented business attorneys at Rudolph Friedmann LLP. Develop a plan of action as early as possible. Call Jim Rudolph or Jon Friedmann at 617.723.7700 or contact us online.