Fiduciary Duty and Partnership Litigation

We have extensive experience in the resolution of claims involving partnerships or start-ups that center on claims of breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty. In some cases, our clients seek to preserve or protect the entity; in others they seek its breakup or want to start a competing enterprise. Because such disputes can sometimes cripple both existing and new businesses, this is an area of practice where a proactive, creative approach often generates substantial value for the client.
Representative Matters include:
  • Represented a real estate developer in defending claims of breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, and fraud related to a dispute within the general partner entity. Successfully convinced the arbitrator to rescind the agreement and restore complete control of the development to our client.
  • Represented a technology company, and its CEO and CFO, in a breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract case brought by a single shareholder following the company’s completion of a “down-round” of financing. Obtained summary judgment in Santa Clara Superior Court against all of the plaintiff’s claims and a six-figure attorneys’ fee award against plaintiff.
  • Represented winemakers in litigation initiated by the former majority partner and investor. Successfully moved the Sonoma County Superior Court for appointment of a receiver over the winery and oversaw a beneficial settlement of the case promptly thereafter on terms that granted the winemakers the principal assets of the partnership and allowed them to start a successful new winery.
  • Represented company and co-founder of a personal style service start-up in litigation with former co-founder claiming, inter alia, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, wrongful termination, and retaliation. Successfully resolved matter on the eve of trial in San Francisco Superior Court.

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