Commercial Litigation

The breadth and depth of our commercial litigation practice reflects the diversity and strength of our largest single practice group.  With more than fifty lawyers, our commercial litigation group is able to draw upon a depth of experience in order to handle both large and small commercial litigation matters effectively and efficiently. Our trial lawyers understand that the litigation process is often frustrating to our business clients and are particularly sensitive to the economic realities of litigation.  Our commercial litigation group understands business and dispenses practical advice that advances our client's economic interests.

Recognizing that not all matters require pursuit of formal litigation, our commercial litigators are skilled at all forms of dispute resolution including direct negotiation, mediation, arbitration and, when in the best interest of the client, litigation.  With each project, our commercial litigators sit down with the client and discuss goals and expectations.  Then, together with the client, a strategic plan is developed that has the best chance of maximizing results.

In addition to their skill with the traditional tools of the litigator, our commercial litigators have also embraced the latest technology to assist with case preparation.  Using the most up-to-date technology, our commercial litigators regularly use litigation support software, computerized document databases, the Internet and other online research tools to make the most of their time.  Our commercial litigators are familiar and comfortable with computer technology and are able to respond to client's desires for information via electronic media as requested.

Some of the areas in which our commercial litigators have special experience include:

  • Unfair competition and other business torts including theft of trade secrets, tortious interference with contract and business disparagement.
  • Claims arising under the Uniform Commercial Code including buyer's and seller's remedies and breach of warranty claims.
  • Shareholder litigation involving claims by minority shareholders.
  • Disputes arising out of mergers and acquisitions.
  • Commercial fraud, negligent misrepresentation and other business torts.
  • Product liability claims on behalf of manufacturers and suppliers.
  • Professional liability claims.
  • Collection of accounts receivable.
  • Claims arising under the Consumer Sales Practices Act and the Deceptive Trade Practices Act
  • Commercial Landlord Tenant Disputes

From our Toledo and Columbus offices our business litigators represent clients throughout Ohio.  In addition, with a significant group of litigators licensed in Michigan, we also regularly appear in cases in the state and federal courts of Michigan.  From our Charlotte and Tampa offices we represent clients throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida and the southeastern United States.  We also represent a number of companies on a regional basis and supervise litigation on a national basis for other clients.

News Releases

10.11.2018Steven M. Berman to Speak at the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges
10.04.2018Mandi Ballard Clay to Speak at Carrollwood Bar Association Monthly CLE Luncheon
10.03.2018James R. Carnes Inducted as Fellow of American College of Trial Lawyers
07.16.2018Jaime Austrich Installed as President of the J. Clifford Cheatwood American Inns of Court
07.12.2018Douglas A. Cherry Installed as President of the Judge John M. Scheb American Inns of Court
07.11.2018Ronald A. Christaldi Selected by Business Journals as One of Nation’s 100 Most Influential Attorneys
06.28.2018Duane A. Daiker Appointed to the Florida Bar's Appellate Practice Certification Standing Committee
06.08.2018Steven Allen Bimbo Named Vice Chair of the Supplier/Service Division of the Carolina AGC
05.17.2018Brett M. Henson Spoke at SAMA Dinner Meeting
05.10.2018Steve Berman Elected to American Bankruptcy Institute Board of Directors
05.02.2018Todd Timmerman Elected To Chair 2018-19 Outback Bowl
04.30.2018H. Michael Bowers and J. Bennett Crites, III Selected to 2018 South Carolina Super Lawyers®
03.05.2018DeLeo Leads Campaign for Sarasota County School Tax Referendum
01.19.2018Wagoner and Walinski Co-Author Article on Ohio’s Modern Court Amendment
11.10.2017Stress and Swagger: Shumaker Attorney Ryan Nichols Looks Back on 10 Years in the Marine Corps
10.31.2017Shumaker Broker-Dealer Team Wins $3 Million Defamation Award
10.11.2017Meghan O. Serrano Honored by Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County
10.05.2017Hayley H. Salem Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
09.26.2017James E. Fanto Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
09.26.2017Justin P. Senior Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
09.21.2017Brett M. Henson Appointed to Downtown Sarasota Alliance Board of Directors
09.20.2017Adria Jensen Named to Meals on Wheels Sarasota Board of Directors
08.10.2017Meghan Serrano Receives Board Certification in Business Litigation
07.26.2017Christian Staples Named Honoree for the 2017 North Carolina Leaders in the Law Awards
07.17.2017Steele B. ("Al") Windle, III Joins Construction Society of America
07.06.2017Karen Stiles and Beth Stanfield Named to Positions With North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys
06.27.2017Brett M. Henson Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
06.09.2017Rebecca E. Shope Named Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 2017 Toledo “Woman of the Year"
05.31.2017Unoccupied Nanna’s Coffee Shop on Freedom Drive to Become Charlotte’s First Drive-Thru-Only Coffee Shop
04.18.2017Scott Stevenson Inducted Into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers
03.09.2017Raydal Hospitality Announces Newest Sabor Latin Street Grill Location
03.08.2017Steven Bimbo Appointed to Charlotte Business Inclusion Advisory Council
01.26.2017Peter R. Silverman Inducted into the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
01.09.2017Shumaker Attorneys Named Business North Carolina's 2017 "Legal Elite"
12.01.2016Michele Leo Hintson Panelist at HR Tampa's Diversity Summit
11.16.2016Shumaker Earns National and Regional Rankings from U.S. News – Best Lawyers® 2017
11.10.2016Lisa M Hoffman Honored at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's 2016 STANDOUT Awards Banquet
10.07.2016Josh Hayes Appointed as Director and Secretary of Charlotte's ArtPop
09.07.2016Robert H. Eddy Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
06.29.2016Michele Leo Hintson Appointed to The Florida Bar Professional Ethics Committee
06.06.2016Michele Leo Hintson and Thomas E. Toner Spoke at the Pasco EDC BizGrow 2.0 Conference
05.16.2016Steven J. Chase Named Honorary Member of Judge John M. Scheb American Inn of Court
04.01.2016Sarasota Associate Featured in "Millennial Speak" in the Business Observer
01.28.2016Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Recognized as 2016 North Carolina Super Lawyers® and North Carolina Rising Stars
11.12.2015Shumaker Earns “Best Law Firm” Rankings from U.S. News – Best Lawyers® 2016
10.15.2015Yuliya V. Swaim Joins Sarasota Office of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
09.15.2015Michele Leo Hintson Appointed to Board of PACE Center for Girls - Pasco
02.20.2015Brian C. Willis Panelist at Tampa Bay Startup Week
11.03.2014Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Receives Metropolitan First-Tier Rankings in U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” for 2015
09.16.2014Jamie Colner Appointed Treasurer of the American Board of Trial Advocates Ohio Chapter
07.03.2014Suzette M. Marteny Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
06.26.2014Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Announces Significant Addition to the Firm
04.22.2014Jeremy M. Halpern Elected to Board of Consultants of The Florida Orchestra
11.07.2013Brian C. Willis Speaks About Transportation Developments at Insight Tampa
11.06.2013Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Receives Metropolitan First-Tier Rankings in U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” for 2014
10.15.2013R. Quincy Bird Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
09.03.2013Clinton S. Morrell Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
06.28.2013Vanessa Goodwin Named to Lawyers of Color's Hot List 2013
06.18.2013Michele Leo Hintson Graduates From Leadership Pasco
05.31.2013Vanessa Goodwin Appointed to Board of Directors of Are You Safe, Inc.
08.23.2012Shumaker Attorney Mark Wagoner Wins Landmark Victory in Beer Distributorship Case
07.21.2011Peter R. Silverman Quoted in Nation’s Restaurant News Story
09.27.2010Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Receives First Tier Rankings in U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers 2010 “Best Law Firms” Inaugural List



01.19.2018Ohio’s Modern Courts Amendment Must Be Amended:  Why and How, 66 Cleveland State Law Review 69 (2017)
01.10.2018Client Alert: Florida Supreme Court Weighs in on CGL Carriers’ Duty to Defend Chapter 558 Claims
01.04.2018So Your Firm or Client had a Data Breach? What Next?
11.17.2017Client Alert: Shorter Deadline for Filing Bankruptcy Claims and Other Changes to Bankruptcy Rules Starting December 1st
11.15.2017Client Alert: The New AIA (2017) Documents
11.13.2017Client Alert: Florida Minimum Wage to Increase in 2018
08.22.2017Client Alert: North Carolina Court of Appeals Issues Important Opinion on Commercial Lease Guaranties
07.26.2017"Mitigating Regulatory Risks Affecting the Wood and Furniture Industries: The Lacey Act"
05.11.2017Client Alert: Unable to Open For Business After Its Permit Was Denied, Tenant Nonetheless Ordered to Pay Entire Accelerated Lease Amount
04.20-21.2017Co-Author: “E-Discovery Nuts and Bolts and Trends for Sureties and Their Counsel,” 28th Annual Southern Surety & Fidelity Claims Conference, Nashville, TN
04.11.2017Client Alert: Changes Brewing? How North Carolina's ABC Omnibus Legislation (House Bill 500) Would Affect Your Business
02.13.2017Client Alert:  Fourth DCA Reverses Itself in Ober, Restores Certainty with Foreclosures
12.29.2016"Disabled Users' Access to your Website: A New Litigation Threat"
08.30.2016Client Alert: Foreclosing Subsequently Accruing Liens no Longer a Certainty under the Lis Pendens Statute
07.31.2016"Winning Commercial Litigation: Terms and Conditions, Strategy and Execution"
06.15.2016Client Alert: Top Ten Things the Health Care Industry Should Know about Civil Investigative Demands
04.13.2016"Are the New Emergency Relief Rules in Arbitration the Death Knell for Court-Ordered Injunctions Pending Arbitration?"
06.01.2013Growing Pasco Leaders, a publication of the Leadership Pasco Program


Events and Presentations

05.16.2018“A Primer on Products Liability for Florida Manufacturers,” presented at the Sarasota Manatee Manufacturers Association Dinner Meeting, Lakewood Ranch, Florida
02.13.20182018 Cyber Security Symposium:  "Data Breach: Expert Advice on Mitigating the Consequences and Protecting the Brand"
01.30.2018Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
10.25.2017Evaluative-Qualitative Mediation as an Alternative to Traditional Mediation
10.17.2017"Protecting Your Intellectual Property and Using Social Media - 10 Fatal Mistakes Made by Small Business Owners in the Digital Era"
09.14.2017Presenter, "Ethical Issues in Suretyship: Staying Out of Jeopardy," Northeast Surety & Fidelity Claims Conference, Atlantic City, New Jersey
04.20-21/2017Co-Presenter: “E-Discovery Nuts and Bolts and Trends for Sureties and Their Counsel,” 28th Annual Southern Surety & Fidelity Claims Conference, Nashville, TN
10.11.2016Co-Speaker, "Ethically Marketing and Developing Your Practice," Cheatwood Inn of Court
09.02.2012"Masters in Trial - Direct Examination of Experts"

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