We Handle Complex Commercial And Partnership Litigation

Disputes between business associates can be high-stakes and volatile. This is especially true in real estate investment and development where the parties may have much riding on a particular deal. Whether an argument has suddenly escalated or the business relationship has deteriorated over time, you need aggressive and astute legal counsel to protect your interests.

Based in Gainesville, ChildersLaw represents individuals in Alachua County and North Central Florida in business-related disputes. We are known for problem-solving and litigating complex cases. We untangle the legal and financial knots, and position you for the best possible outcome to a distressing situation.

Your Trusted Legal Partner, In Or Out Of Court

Trial lawyer Jeff Childers has years of experience litigating business and commercial cases in state and federal courts, including U.S. Bankruptcy Court. He has initiated action and defended clients in many scenarios:

  • Disputes between business partners and investors
  • Guarantors of commercial loans sued for deficiency judgments
  • Contract disputes with customers or vendors
  • Individual creditors seeking payment or collateral
  • Breach of contract in real estate transactions
  • Allegations of fraud or breach of fiduciary duty

Business And Real Estate Partnership Disputes

Jeff Childers provides sophisticated representation and solutions in complex cases. We help you determine what will be the most prudent or advantageous approach, such as a buyout, partition action or dissolution of the business entity. We have litigated every facet of the language of partnership agreements to valuation of real property or business assets.

  • We represented two of three couples in a limited partnership that owned $8 million worth of contiguous property. When a planned sale and development fell through, one partner brokered a new sale but claimed an outrageous commission for himself. After going to trial on the validity of the restructured deal, we saved the partnership over a million dollars and completed a favorable sale of the property in Chapter 11 reorganization — a substantial victory.
  • We represented a partner in an accounting firm who, after 30 years, arrived at the office one day to find the locks changed and his computers and files gone. We represented him in getting the matter straightened out to the satisfaction of all parties.
  • We represented an investor who loaned several million dollars to a Newberry land development partnership that filed bankruptcy and attempted to shelter its assets in a series of subsidiary LLCs. We got the bankruptcy case dismissed and our client got a judgment against the actual real properties located all over Florida that were in fact worth millions.
  • We represented a group of developers with a key developable commercial property in a dispute with a large commercial lender who refused to renew the multimillion-dollar loan and filed suit to enforce personal guaranties against the developers individually. We forced the lender into mediation and worked out a five-year renewal at favorable terms.
  • We represented a former director of Taylor, Bean & Whitaker who was sued by the Chapter 11 bankruptcy trustee of that mortgage company for millions in alleged preferential payments. We put on an aggressive defense and settled with the trustee for a small amount.

Let's Discuss Your Complex Or Unusual Situation

It is important to be proactive in these situations, in order to keep your options open and prevent the other parties from taking advantage of you. To speak with an experienced partnership and commercial litigation attorney, call ChildersLaw at 352-335-0400 or send us an email.