Helping a Client Defend Itself to Reduce Unnecessary Legal Fees

CHALLENGE: After having been hired by a Web-based start-up venture to do a significant amount of creative work, this client produced and delivered products that were enthusiastically received by the owner of the new firm. Initial payments for services were made on a timely basis. The relationship rapidly soured, however, when the new firm encountered a funding shortfall and stopped paying the bills. The start-up venture complained about expenses and demanded that our client refund the money it had been paid. Golan Christie Taglia’s client refused; the new venture threatened a lawsuit.

OUR STRATEGY: Golan Christie Taglia’s attorneys reviewed all pertinent documentation and correspondence between the parties. They quickly determined that the start-up venture had no cause of action. Rather than bill the client for unnecessary fees to defend a baseless lawsuit, Golan Christie Taglia developed a negotiation strategy that the client could employ. Golan Christie Taglia’s attorneys also recommended that the client deal directly with the Web-based business. Armed with the defense outlined by Golan Christie Taglia, the client was able to negotiate a mutual release and avoid additional expenses.

RESULTS: Golan Christie Taglia’s business acumen, sense of fairness and diligent and pragmatic response guided the client behind the scenes to avoid unnecessary legal expenses associated with litigation.