Business litigation is about persuading someone – a judge, a jury, even an opponent – and tailoring your argument for that audience. Sayles Werbner has the demonstrated ability to master and present the details of even the most complex business disputes in simple and understandable ways. Frequently, business litigation involves analyzing thousands of documents and distilling them into tight, persuasive stories that can be understood by juries. To meet this need, we rely on our team of experienced business lawyers and other experts, backed by the latest trial science and information management technology.
With these litigation resources and a proven track record, it’s no wonder that the general counsel of Fortune 500 companies and referring counsel turn to Sayles Werbner when the stakes are high and extraordinary trial skills are needed.
Sayles Werbner’s business litigation attorneys represent businesses and financial institutions in areas such as business torts, class actions, complex contracts and intellectual property, with an emphasis on achieving the best possible outcome for business professionals. Their experience includes representing individual corporate officers and directors in breach of fiduciary duty claims and shareholder derivative claims.
Sayles Werbner has earned such a reputation in contract disputes, business fraud and other commercial litigation matters that we have been recognized among the Best Lawyers in America for bet-the-company litigation. Dick Sayles has been selected to the list of the Best Lawyers in America every year since 2006 and was named Lawyer of the Year in 2018 for Bet-the-Company Litigation in Dallas/Fort Worth. Mark Werbner has been selected to the list of the Best Lawyers in America every year since 1999 and was recently named Trial Lawyer of the Year by Public Justice.
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Patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets often represent a company’s most valuable assets. With rapid advances in technology, companies both large and small are increasingly contesting intellectual property disputes in courtrooms. We regularly litigate intellectual property disputes and have tried patent, copyright and trademark infringement cases in federal courts throughout the country. Representing clients on both sides of the docket, our experience includes representing a wide variety of companies and investors in claims involving medical devices, consumer products, pharmaceuticals, software, electronics and semiconductor technology.
We have argued precedent-setting patent cases in both the U.S. Supreme Court and the Federal Circuit, and have developed a hard-earned reputation as one of the go-to trial firms for patent cases pending in the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas – with the verdicts to show for it.
Patent infringement lawsuits have unique protocols and many cases are won or lost during the initial stages involving contentions and claims construction. Because our intellectual property attorneys are well-versed in these procedures, more and more companies are calling on Sayles Werbner for patent litigation and trial expertise.
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Personal Injury & Product Liability
It is impossible to compensate for the loss of a loved one or when a person’s physical health is irreparably damaged. Yet personal injury and wrongful death cases do more than simply obtain compensation for the survivors. These cases often send a powerful message that corporations and individuals must take responsibility for their actions.
We have earned a national and international reputation representing individuals and families in complex personal injury and wrongful death cases. In 2014, a trial team led by Mark Werbner achieved a first-of-its-kind verdict against Arab Bank plc for materially supporting terrorist attacks that injured U.S. citizens.
The firm’s proven ability to marshal information into persuasive arguments is critical when clients are facing such well-funded opponents, such as multinational corporations, banks, insurance companies, hospitals or other large defendants – many of whom would rather fight than settle. Whether it is a case involving injuries or death caused by a vehicle accident, unsafe workplace conditions or negligence, we focus our extensive resources on obtaining favorable jury verdicts and settlements for clients. In fact, many times even the most determined opponents find themselves making fair settlements rather than face going to trial against Sayles Werbner attorneys.
Products containing inherent defects that cause harm to consumers are subject to product liability suits. Product liability cases represent some of the most intriguing challenges for an attorney. Often faced with compelling physical evidence and emotional reactions, Sayles Werbner attorneys are called on to use their extensive trial experience to represent both defendants and plaintiffs in disputes involving allegedly defective products that caused injury or death.
Our product liability work has included the representation of major corporations, such as John Deere and Black & Decker, in defense of their products in courtrooms across the nation. For John Deere alone, Dick Sayles has taken more than 25 cases to a jury verdict.
White-Collar Criminal Defense
Successful business executives and entrepreneurs faced with some of the legal system’s most serious charges need the best possible criminal defense attorney on their side. Sayles Werbner attorneys have secured acquittals in numerous high-profile cases, including for clients accused of money laundering, tax evasion, bank fraud, mail and wire fraud, and even murder.
Notable among these attorneys is Mark Werbner, whose criminal defense practice covers a broad range of federal and state matters. Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Werbner has been named one of the Best Lawyers in America in commercial litigation, criminal defense and bet-the-company litigation (white-collar criminal defense) since 1999. With over 30 years of practice, Werbner has represented numerous corporate clients and individuals targeted by federal, state or administrative investigations in the defense-contracting arena, as well as the health care, securities and banking industries.
Securities & Financial Fraud
In recent years, the securities industry has been anything but secure. Millions of investors have lost a substantial portion of their operating accounts, retirement funds or other assets through the well-documented misconduct, mismanagement and misrepresentation in the financial community. Sayles Werbner attorneys rely on a wealth of experience in complex commercial litigation to investigate alleged financial fraud, litigate investors’ claims, and apply every resource to recover lost assets on behalf of institutional and individual investors.
Our attorneys represent a variety of investors whose investment portfolios have been lost or damaged in the Stanford Financial and Bernard Madoff scandals, in addition to many less-visible cases involving stockbroker liability, bad investment schemes, tax shelters and others. The firm’s proven track record in financial fraud cases is why more and more investors are calling on Sayles Werbner.
When a lawyer breaches his duty to a client and causes harm, the client may have a claim for legal malpractice against the lawyer. Sadly, as the Board of Disciplinary Appeals can attest, many lawyers fail to adhere to the obligations they have to their clients. Yet over the course of a career, even the most diligent lawyer may find himself faced with an allegation of legal malpractice.
Although we are known most for our verdicts, we are most proud of our hard-earned reputation for professionalism, ethics and civility in the practice of law. Sayles Werbner attorneys have been honored to represent lawyers faced with the potentially career-ending allegation of legal malpractice; to have been called as experts on legal ethics, duties and the standard of care.
Many of our most rewarding cases come from major national law firms and their clients, who realize that joining forces with Sayles Werbner can give them an inside track to success in the courtroom, especially in Texas state and federal courts. From providing local guidance to trial preparations to taking a lead or co-counsel role at trial, our attorneys know from experience that sometimes the best representation comes from collaboration and teamwork.