Our litigators can handle your litigation and conflict resolution needs, whether you need a full legal team to fight for your firm in high-stakes complex litigation or just an experienced litigator to advise you. Our lawyers frequently appear before federal and state trial and appellate courts, as well as commissions, boards, and other regulatory and administrative bodies. We provide strategic advice on all elements of litigation, from discovery, pretrial, and trial proceedings in lawsuits to post-trial remedies and appellate court review, as well as mediation and other alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.

Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights

Our attorneys are skilled and experienced at handling bankruptcies, troubled loans, debt restructurings, workouts, foreclosures and resolving disputes on behalf of creditors. We understand the interworking of complex credit transactions, whether resulting from a real estate transaction, commercial loan, corporate finance facility, merger or acquisition, or other sophisticated commercial transaction.

When necessary, our experienced group of litigation attorneys also represents clients in all aspects of the litigation process, including strategic decisions under the credit facility documentation, alternative dispute options, pre-judgment litigation activities, trial, and post-judgment collection actions.

Commercial & Civil Litigation

ShuffieldLowman’s strategic litigators are always prepared to take a case to trial in either state or federal court. However, our reputation as strong trial attorneys and our focus on the client’s best interests often results in a successfully negotiated settlement, avoiding court trials when possible. Our team collaborates with clients on all aspects of the litigation process and works to provide cost-effective legal services. The litigation section’s particular areas of expertise include:

The team is also experienced in appellate work in state and federal court. In addition, our attorneys regularly counsel clients on actions necessary to avoid future litigation. 

The accomplished attorneys on our litigation team are frequently ranked and recognized in organizations such as Best Lawyers in America®, Super Lawyers, and Legal Elite.

Probate Litigation 

The firm’s attorneys have significant experience guiding parties in cases concerning probate litigation.

A deceased person’s estate and assets are distributed among beneficiaries and creditors through a procedure known as probate, which is managed by the court. This lengthy, multi-step process is difficult to complete.

A probate litigation attorney can help you find the best resolution when disagreements develop on how your loved one’s assets should be divided. When a dispute arises, we work on behalf of our clients to reach an agreement that best serves their interests. 

Trust Litigation

Trust disputes frequently involve more than just money; they can sever families and impede a personal representative’s or trustee’s ability to administer the estate or trust.

Our Trust Litigation team devises innovative solutions to avoid protracted litigation, keep costs under control, and preserve family relationships. When proceedings become adversarial, our attorneys combine their in-depth understanding of trust law with our litigation experience to vigorously protect and advance our clients’ interests in order to resolve disputes.

Guardianship Litigation

Most of the time, finding a guardian for someone who needs one is a simple procedure. But related contentious disputes may impede that process. Sometimes the proposed ward, the individual who requires a guardian, opposes the need for a guardianship because they do not want one. Other times, someone opposes the need for a guardianship, frequently claiming that the intended ward is capable of taking care of herself or himself or that a different arrangement would be more appropriate.

Who should act as the guardian also sparks disagreements. For instance, a proposed ward’s wife may intervene and make the case that she would be a better choice as a guardian than the proposed ward’s child.

In general, a guardian’s acts must be approved by the court that appointed them. As a result, guardians must apply to the court and ask for authorization before doing something. These applications are frequently challenged, and the lawyers at ShuffieldLowman can help.Furthermore, although a guardian’s actions may be closely monitored by the court and subject to stringent examination, lawsuits that criticize the guardian’s conduct are still common. Our Guardianship Litigation attorneys have advocated for both “sides” in these conflicts.

Mediation/Alternative Dispute Resolution

Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services are provided by ShuffieldLowman’s mediators and arbitrators in a variety of fields. Our ADR experts have extensive experience in a wide range of conflicts, including a long track record of facilitating conflict resolution agreements. When issues emerge, mediation is a popular option, and our attorneys are capable of handling most types of disputes. Mediation and arbitration, unlike a public trial, provide for anonymity and give the parties involved discretion over the case’s result rather than leaving it to a judge and jury. Most importantly, mediation and arbitration help all parties involved save time and money.

Residential Real Estate Disputes

If you’re involved in a real estate or property dispute in Florida, it’s vital that you hire an attorney who is well-versed in all elements of the state’s property laws. The majority of residential real estate lawsuits involve alleged breaches of the purchase or sales agreement, omissions to disclose hidden issues, or seller misrepresentations. For home buyers in Florida, there are various legal safeguards in place. However, there are frequently factual disagreements over what a buyer actually knew about a property or what a seller actually disclosed about problems or defects. Our firm employs its real estate law expertise as well as its litigation experience to provide you with every possible advantage.

Litigation Attorneys

 Stephanie L. Cook
Stephanie L. Cook Partner
 Nicole R. Copsidas
Nicole R. Copsidas Senior Associate Associate
 Alexander S. Douglas II
Alexander S. Douglas II Partner
 Matt G. Firestone
Matt G. Firestone Partner
 Lori N. Hagan
Lori N. Hagan Senior Counsel Associate
 Catherine P. Hanna
Catherine P. Hanna Senior Counsel Associate
 Keith J. Hesse
Keith J. Hesse Partner
 Paul T. Hinckley
Paul T. Hinckley Senior Counsel Associate
 J. Stephen McDonald
J. Stephen McDonald Partner
 Megan J. Nowicki
Megan J. Nowicki Associate
 Jennifer  Reed
Jennifer Reed Senior Associate Associate
 Lane E. Roesch
Lane E. Roesch Senior Counsel Associate
 Robert Clayton Roesch
Robert Clayton Roesch Partner
 John M. Vernaglia
John M. Vernaglia Associate
 Ryan J. Vescio
Ryan J. Vescio Senior Associate Associate
 James C. Washburn
James C. Washburn Partner
 Olivia  Walker
Olivia Walker Associate