Austin Lawyers Representing Businesses Nationwide
Business disputes create unnecessary expense and divert time, energy and resources away from the focus of your business. When that dispute could wreak havoc on your company, you need dependable attorneys who you can rely on to get the job done.
Our job at Shaw Cowart LLP is to take charge of your business’s legal needs so you have the peace of mind you need to focus on what you do best.
We offer a wide range of legal services for business, from consulting and risk management through litigation. Preventing problems from arising is the best-case scenario, and we can help you do that. If you already see a dispute on the horizon, we can help you nip it in the bud before things spiral out of control, protecting your bottom line and your reputation. While our goal is to resolve the matter as quickly as possible and at the least financial cost, we are always prepared to fight for you in court if that is necessary to protect your interests.
The Right Relationship for Your Business
We make it easy for you to establish a long-term relationship us. We maintain a small-firm mentality so you always have direct access to your attorney. We will work closely with you and be responsive to your needs as your business counselor in litigation as your case moves forward. This is just one reason why Shaw Cowart LLP has represented many of its clients for years, including both large corporations and small local businesses right here in Austin.
In addition to ongoing legal representation, we provide the legal counsel you need to protect yourself and your company in times of crisis. As experienced commercial litigators we have helped many businesses avoid significant legal problems altogether and have also been able to resolve issues before they threatened the financial health of our clients.
Please give us a call to see how we can help you today.
Working with Shaw Cowart LLP
Your business will inevitably have legal needs, even without a significant legal dispute. The one thing you do not want to do is pour all of your money, time and energy into dealing with legal issues. Let us help you by doing what we do best. In addition to the expertise that we bring to the table, we respect the value of your time and your need to keep costs to a minimum.
Convenience. Our convenient West Austin location makes it easy for you to get in and out, as quickly as possible.
Flexible Fee Structures. Our services are not one-size-fits-all, and neither are our fees. We understand that you need to keep costs down, and we offer fee structures to fit your situation, depending on the nature and complexity of your legal needs. Examples of the types of fee structures we offer include:
- Hourly rate
- Per diem rate
- Flat fee
- Monthly retainer
- Value billing
- Contingent fee
Businesses Matters We Handle
The business lawyers at Shaw Cowart LLP offer a wide range of representation from business formation and dissolution to complex business litigation. We can help you from the very beginning, minimizing your risk of costly and time-consuming disputes and liability. If you have already formed your business, we can provide consulting and risk management, to make sure that your company is on the right track in compliance with the applicable regulations for your industry, and alert you to potential areas of exposure and liability. If you are coming to us now because you sense an impending dispute or you are already in the middle of one, we are ready to jump in and help. We will evaluate your situation, advise you of your legal options and help you choose the path that will be in the best interest of your company and in your best interest personally.
The business litigators of Shaw Cowart represent businesses of all sizes, from small, local businesses right here in Austin, Texas, to Fortune 500 companies and state and public entities. We have handled thousands of lawsuits throughout the U.S., in state and federal trial courts and appellate courts, and have appeared before local, state and federal administrative agencies and arbitration tribunals on behalf of our clients.
Employment Consulting, Risk Management and Defense
We help you prevent employee disputes from arising. Employer consulting and risk management is an important tool that protects you financially and protects the goodwill of your company in the long run. Our employment experts minimize your risk of running afoul of state and federal employment laws by developing and implementing employment policies that clearly outline the rights and obligations of all parties.
We can help you avoid employee disputes by reducing the risk of violations by the company as a whole, your managers and employees in areas of law including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Title VII, Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), and laws involving discrimination, terminations and layoffs, sexual harassment, wage and hour, and more.
Wage and hour issues. We are well aware of the delicate balance between keeping employment costs affordable and keeping a happy and loyal workforce, all while staying within the law. Wage and hour claims can easily turn into a public relations nightmare, not to mention the expense of litigation and disruption of business. Our comprehensive employment law and risk management consulting finds your weak spots, alerts you to potential exposure and informs you of your legal options before disputes arise.
If you are already facing a dispute, we can help you resolve it quickly and quietly by negotiating a settlement that satisfies everyone involved. If you are facing unfounded wage and hour claims, we will fiercely defend you in arbitration or trial. We protect your bottom line and your reputation.
Employment negotiations and litigation. Employment-related claims must be handled carefully. Simply being on the right side of the law is not enough. The tone of your response can do more damage to your business than losing a claim or lawsuit. A small claim can turn into a torrent of claims, and turn your employees and customers against you. Our experienced employment litigation attorneys understand this and will work protect your interests.
We will help you find a solution that works for everyone and minimizes any negative impact on your business. As we do so, we prepare your case for trial. Ultimately, the decision is up to you. We give you the facts, what you can expect and a cost-benefit analysis of your legal options. You decide how to move forward.
Personal Injury Defense
Shaw Cowart LLP defends businesses and property owners in personal injury lawsuits, including product liability and premises liability claims.
Products liability. Our products liability lawyers help clients in a variety of industries get it right from the beginning. We can advise you on compliance and liability issues before litigation. If you are facing a product liability claim, we will defend you aggressively. We also represent businesses with product liability claims against other manufacturers. We always prepare to go to trial and we work with the appropriate experts to present your case to a jury in a way that is both meaningful and easy for the layman to understand.
Premises liability defense. Business owners and homeowners can face premises liability lawsuits. We defend both. Falls as a result of hazards such as poor maintenance and injuries and death as a result of negligent security, are the most common types of claims. We always start with a thorough investigation of the scene and circumstances. If we are not able to resolve the matter in a way that minimizes your damage, we will take your case to trial.
Other Business Representation
- Oil and gas. The oil and gas attorneys of Shaw Cowart LLP represent oil and gas exploration and production companies. We also represent land owners and mineral rights owners. We provide legal guidance and assistance prior to drilling as well as representation any litigation that arises during and after drilling and production.
- Contract disputes. If you suspect that a contract dispute is on the horizon, please talk to our experienced contract litigation attorneys right away. Our goal is to resolve the problem quickly and out of court. In most cases that is the most cost-effective approach for both sides and we may be able to salvage the relationship and make both sides happy. If litigation is necessary, we will aggressively protect your interests.
- Investment fraud. Our experienced investment fraud litigators represent investors in claims against stockbrokers and investment advisors, through arbitration and in court.
- Antitrust defense. Antitrust law is constantly evolving. Our Austin antitrust attorneys stay current so we can provide you with a vigorous and effective defense, and negotiate the best possible outcome for you.
To learn more about our business litigation services, please call Shaw Cowart LLP at 512-499-8900 or contact us online today and schedule your initial consultation. We will handle your legal matters with discretion and confidentiality.