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Commercial/White Collar Litigation

Commercial Litigation:

  • Complex tort actions
  • Complex contract breach actions
  • Franchisor/franchisee disputes.
  • ‘Toxic’ tort/environmental-land use actions
  • Expropriation actions
  • Real estate litigation

Commercial litigation, also often referred to as ‘business litigation,’ involves actions that oftentimes ensnare businesses either involved in joint venture-styled arrangements, or in competition with one another.  These cases can prove time-intensive, as both sides have vested, long-term interests that are impacted by the dispute.    It is critical that legal representation prove up to the task of attempting to tackle the issues, and to provide clients with a positive case resolution — whether via settlement or trial.

White Collar Criminal Defence:

  • Securities Fraud
  • Racketeering (RICO)
  • Tax Evasion
  • Money Laundering
  • Bank Fraud
  • Mortgage Fraud
  • Ponzi Schemes
  • Medicare/Medicaid Fraud
  • False Claims Act (FCA)/Qui Tam Matters
  • Mail Fraud
  • Workers Compensation Fraud
  • Bribery/Extortion
  • Embezzlement
  • Computer Fraud
  • Counterfeiting
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)

“White collar crime” is typically used to refer to acts committed for financial gain.  It is a broad category, and encompasses a large number of offenses – often of national and international character.  However, such cases do not always involve the Bernie Madoffs and Kenneth Lays of the world.  Rather, white-collar workers, including doctors, lawyers, bank managers, mortgage specialists, and Internet entrepreneurs (to name a few) can – and often are – ensnared within either/both civil and criminal litigation.

Federal, state and private investigations of financial crimes can take years, and involves the examination of large amounts of information.  Individuals targeted by such investigations are normally the subjects of government inquiries and/or communications; these inquiries and communications are, more often than not, an indication that the individual is under suspicion for a crime.  Consequently, it is imperative that such targeted individuals engage legal counsel immediately to avoid mistakes that could later harm them.  These mistakes can include – lapsed memory; miscommunication between the questioner and the individual; and even the prospect of an intentional misrepresentation of the individual’s response to questioning.

Lawyer Derek Brett possesses the necessary training and experience needed to assist its clients investigate possible charges, effectively prepare a defense, and render solid representation designed to its clients’ needs.  Brett possesses several years of experience in such matters – ranging from money laundering, to racketeering, to bribery, to tax evasion, to securities and other fraud-styled matters.  Typically, such cases will involve complexity requiring the skilled and experienced hand of a seasoned white-collar attorney.  The Brett Law Firm stands prepared to assist its clients in effectively tackling such challenging matters.