Lewitt Hackman’s Litigation Practice Group represents individuals, business organizations and institutions as plaintiffs and defendants in business, real estate, construction and other civil litigation in Los Angeles.
Typical matters include commercial litigation; corporate, shareholder and partnership disputes; construction claims ranging from foreclosure of mechanic liens to intricate and complex construction defect cases; real estate matters, including actions for specific performance, breach of contract, fraud, rescission, negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, accountings and quiet title actions; insurance coverage disputes (including bad faith actions); employee wrongful termination disputes; and actions relating to the recovery of personal and real property.
These litigation matters frequently require our attorneys’ expertise in seeking or opposing pre-judgment relief, such as temporary restraining orders, preliminary injunctions, writs of attachment and the appointment of receivers. We also handle:
The firm’s litigation philosophy includes realistic counseling of clients prior to the institution of and throughout the litigation process. The litigation process commences with an investigation and evaluation of a client’s claims or defenses, and an analysis of the client’s rights, duties and obligations in order to effectively evaluate the case consistent with the client’s expectations and goals. The process proceeds with filing and/or responding to the complaint, and then conducting the discovery required to properly prepare or defend the case.
Effective counseling affords clients the opportunity to make more informed decisions on whether to litigate or settle disputes; and, if litigated, how to properly prepare the case for trial, and whether to settle during the course of the proceedings in a manner most favorable to the client. Where appropriate, the firm pursues available alternate dispute resolution sources, e.g. alternatives such as the American Arbitration Association, J.A.M.S. and private arbitration and/or mediation. Frequently, even the most aggressively litigated cases can be better and more economically resolved utilizing these sources.
While we believe in resolving disputes through productive negotiations rather than litigation whenever possible, our attorneys aggressively pursue each matter through trial and post trial proceedings (including appeal), as appropriate, in efforts to obtain the best possible result for the client. Many members of the firm are admitted to practice at the highest appellate court levels, including the United States Supreme Court.
Various members of the firm serve on Arbitration and Mediation panels, and sit as Judge Pro Tem for the Los Angeles and Ventura County courts.