A Trusted Business Partner Who Knows the Law
Business owners and corporations are often held back by restrictive protocols and procedures. With years of business law and corporate litigation experience, we offer businesses the personal service and attention that large firms can’t. We do not offer cookie-cutter answers to the questions and challenges affecting you or your business. Your company deserves better.
Our outside legal services are tailored to the demands of the companies, individuals, and entrepreneurs that we represent. Every client benefits from our years of experience and skill, as well as the one-on-one attention that only a smaller firm can deliver. We will work alongside your company, offer key, business-focused legal guidance, creative solutions to new and on-going issues, and proactive approaches to mitigate risks and identify opportunities.
We’ve Successfully Helped Businesses With:
- Drafting, negotiating, and enforcing business contracts
- Initial formations, incorporations, and corporate structure guidance
- Establishing shareholder and partnership agreements, joint venture arrangements, and profit-sharing contracts
- Ownership/purchase/sale agreements and succession plans
- Corporate governance, internal documentation, and regulatory compliance
- Employment disputes, contract breaches, and termination issues
- Intellectual property protection, trademarks, and copyrights
- Reviewing and negotiating corporate transactions and lease agreements
- Service and vendor agreements
- Dissolution /Bankruptcy/Collections
- Dispute Resolution: Arbitration & Mediation
- Litigation defense and actions
Contract, Corporate, and Commercial Litigation
Businesses, directors, officers, shareholders, and other professionals facing a serious commercial dispute should gain the help of an experienced and skilled commercial litigation attorney as soon as possible. Business disputes, including corporate and contract litigation, can be costly in terms of your business’s bottom line and reputation. To mitigate the risks of business disputes, those involved should work with a business lawyer who can guide you through arbitration, mediation, or litigation with an aggressive and customized strategy.
If you are a director or officer facing allegations of self-dealing or another form of a breach of your fiduciary duty, it is essential you work with an experienced and aggressive corporate litigation attorney like Kristin M. Lausten. Your personal reputation and finances are on the line when you are accused of not acting in the business’s best interests. Kristin has a track record of success. She has represented businesses of all sizes, including Fortune 500 companies, and businesses and professionals in a wide range of industries.
Commercial litigation is a broad area of law and can encompass many business-related disputes. Some of the most common matters attorney Lausten handles include:
- Consumer Protection Issues
- Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) Matters
- Breach of Warranty Claims
- Indemnity Issues
- Non-Compete Agreements and Disputes
- Non-Disclosure Agreements and Disputes
- Business Torts
- Civil Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) Claims
- Commercial Real Estate Transactions
- Intellectual Property Disputes
Careful and Unique Case Analysis and Strategy
When it comes to significant commercial disputes, you need an experienced attorney who is cognizant of the potential financial, reputational, and other business risks of litigation. In some circumstances, your business may be prepared to take a claim all the way through the courts and fight for a certain outcome at trial. However, your priority may be to avoid lengthy and costly litigation.
To make a fact-based decision regarding whether to focus on trial preparations or a settlement strategy, you need a comprehensive analysis of your case. Kristin will perform a thorough review of the dispute, including analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of each party’s stance. She will offer a candid analysis of the best and worst possible outcomes of your case and what she believes to be the best way to proceed. Her recommendation will take into account your business’s values, preferences, and goals, ensuring you receive personalized assistance and not a one-size-fits-all approach.
Commercial litigation encompasses corporate disputes and litigation. A corporation, S corp, benefit corporation (B corp), limited liability company (LLC), low-profit limited liability company (L3C), general partnership, or limited partnership may face almost any type of commercial dispute as well as legal matters arising in relation to the business’s structure, ownership, and leadership. Some of the most common corporate disputes and litigation attorney Lausten handles involve:
- Breach of Fiduciary Duties
- Shareholder Disputes
- Partnership Disputes
- Professional Negligence & Liability
- Franchise Disputes
- Employment Disputes
Attorney Lausten understands how significant and risky commercial and corporate litigation can be for her clients and their in-house counsel. She is highly experienced in representing clients involved in piercing the corporate veil matters and bet-the-company cases. She is not afraid to handle complex and high-stakes cases. She offers the legal services you need backed by years of experience but without the inefficient processes and lack of personal attention found among “Big Law.”
Every business deals with contracts. Your business may need to negotiate, draft, and execute employment, severance, independent contractor, partnership, franchise, service, buy-sell, merger, acquisition, lease agreements and many other types of contracts. Crafting these agreements requires time and precision. Attorney Kristin Lausten assists many of her clients in executing clear and precise contracts. Ensuring every contract your business enters into is drafted for its intended purpose and thoroughly reviewed prior to execution mitigates the risk of future disputes and litigation.
However, despite parties’ best intentions, contract disputes are common. Attorney Lausten represents clients in contract-related disputes and litigation on a regular basis. Contact her right away if your business is facing a dispute regarding:
- Breach of Contract
- Non-Payment or Non-Performance
- Breach of Non-Competition or Non-Solicitation Clauses
- Breach of Confidentiality
- Misrepresentation and Fraud
- Tortious Interference
Attorney Lausten will carefully review the wording and execution of the contract to determine whether a valid written contract exists. If a written contract was not properly executed, she will determine whether a valid oral contract exists, which is rare – but may be possible. Kristin will analyze the wording of a valid agreement to determine each party’s rights and responsibilities, and will then scrutinize each party’s conduct to determine whether a breach, misrepresentation, or tort occurred.
The Importance of Contract Language
In the business world, contracts include buy-sell agreements, mergers, acquisitions, contracts governing the exchange of goods and services, commercial leases, land purchase agreements, and more.
Carefully crafting contract language is extremely important in each of these endeavors. Not only does this language govern the transaction, but it protects both you and/or your business throughout the process. Carefully crafting any and all agreements that involve your business—including employment contracts—can make all the difference when it comes to avoiding significant disputes that could negatively affect your business and everything you’ve worked for.
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
Attorney Lausten is not afraid to pursue commercial, corporate, and contract disputes at trial. In fact, she believes in always being trial-ready. She will never push you into a disadvantageous settlement if you would prefer to litigate and have a strong chance of success through trial. However, for many businesses, insurers, and professionals, avoiding lengthy litigation is the goal, and utilizing ADR is a possible method to meet that goal.
You or the other party may request going through arbitration or mediation to come to a settlement agreement. This also could be required pursuant to a contract. Attorney Lausten has represented business and professionals during mediation and arbitration proceedings. She will prepare for this process as carefully as she would for trial to offer you the best chance at obtaining a successful outcome.
Examples of Kristin’s Work
Kristin provides counsel in areas such as commercial real estate transactions, consumer protection issues, Uniform Commercial Code and/or miscellaneous contract disputes, transaction disputes, breach of warranty issues, indemnity issues, non-compete agreements and related disputes, breach of fiduciary duties, claims related to tortious interference with business contracts, insurance disputes, partnership disputes, construction law issues, arbitration, mediation, real estate litigation, and more.
Specific examples of Kristin’s work include:
- Representing companies in business disputes;
- Representing clients in claims involving breach of contract, fraud, and related claims;
- Defending clients in breach of contract and professional liability/errors;
- Successfully defending clients on appeal;
- Representing defense contractors in mediation proceedings; and
- Representing parties in contractual-indemnification lawsuits; amongst others.
Panel Counsel and Major Claims Counsel
The course of litigation and litigation strategy involved in resolving contract disputes is highly factual and made in consultation with the client and their desired objectives. When looking for an attorney, you want to ensure that you work with someone who understands that commercial disputes can sometimes jeopardize an entire business’ reputation and profitability.
Kristin M. Lausten provides panel counsel and major claims counsel services for insurers and TPAs handling work throughout Louisiana and elsewhere in the Gulf States.
We Focus on Our Clients’ Lasting Success
Our mission is to build long and lasting business relationships with compnaies and their in-house counsel, if they have any. Our client base covers a wide range of industries including local, small businesses across the region, and mid-sized companies to large, Fortune 500 corporations. Regardless of size, location, or industry – or whether you’re starting a business, preparing a contract, or thinking about selling or purchasing a company, it’s essential to have an experienced outside legal professional each step of the way. When you need legal clarity, guidance, and high-level strategic counsel, Lausten & Co., LLC will find the solution that works best for you and your firm: now and in the future.