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Litigation


Contact: David P. Friedman, Chair

Contact: Thomas S. Vangel

How do we approach litigation?  At Murtha Cullina, we want to achieve our clients’ goals as effectively and efficiently as possible.  To do that, we listen to our clients, and then we apply strategic thinking, informed by our courtroom experience and our firm’s in-depth industry knowledge.  We start off our representation by asking what our clients’ goals are – both for their businesses overall and for the specific litigation that they have asked us to handle.  Sometimes our clients want to avoid litigation altogether, and a simple letter is all that is needed to get the client paid, to obtain a defense from an insurance company or to evict a non-paying tenant.   Other times, suit already has been filed against our clients, and we need to develop a litigation strategy.  We break down complexity to educate the fact finder about why our client’s interpretation is correct.  We can defang the other side’s offense by striking a jury claim, excluding an expert’s testimony or winning a dispositive motion.  And some of our clients just need lawyers to try the case.  We can do that.

Murtha Cullina’s work is evenly divided between plaintiff-side and defense-side matters.  Our work for policyholders seeking insurance coverage and bankruptcy trustees pursuing assets and untangling fraudulent conveyances has taught us many plaintiff-side tactics.  Conversely, our work defending manufacturers from products liability claims and defending lawyers in legal malpractice claims has educated us about best defense practices.  We bring both of these perspectives together when analyzing how to achieve the best outcome in each client’s case.  On either side, we try to be proactive to get the results our clients want.   

DuPont picked Murtha Cullina as one of its original primary law firms in the early 1990s.  As a result of that selection, we have decades of experience in early case assessment and budgeting.  We use these to inform our litigation strategy.  We also staff our cases leanly.  Most matters typically have a partner, an associate and a paralegal.

Finally, we try to act consistently with our clients’ business goals.  Most of our litigators are embedded in firm-wide industry teams so that we understand the industries in which our clients operate.  Even when we are not members of the appropriate team, we draw upon the other lawyers from our firm who do know that industry to help us develop and execute our litigation strategy.         

Who do we represent?  We represent businesses, banks, energy companies, hospitals, nursing homes, nonprofit organizations, municipalities and individuals.  Our business clients range from the Fortune 500 to closely held private companies.  They may be based in New England or New York or farther away. 

Where do we represent our clients?  We go where our clients go.  We regularly appear in federal, bankruptcy and state courts throughout New England and New York.  With the assistance of local counsel and our colleagues in the Lex Mundi Network, Murtha Cullina attorneys appear in courts throughout the United States.  Our trial lawyers handle all aspects of civil matters through trial.  If appeals are necessary, or clients come to us after trial, our appellate practice group looks at the matters with fresh eyes and briefs and argues them in state and federal appellate courts.  Many of our clients prefer alternative dispute resolution.  We represent those clients in mediation or arbitration.

What types of matters do we litigate?  Trial and appellate work exposes us to many types of claims.  We handle all sorts of civil matters, and our experience in our strongest practice areas is described in detail below.

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Contact: David P. Friedman, Chair

Contact: Thomas S. Vangel

How do we approach litigation?  At Murtha Cullina, we want to achieve our clients’ goals as effectively and efficiently as possible.  To do that, we listen to our clients, and then we apply strategic thinking, informed by our courtroom experience and our firm’s in-depth industry knowledge.  We start off our representation by asking what our clients’ goals are – both for their businesses overall and for the specific litigation that they have asked us to handle.  Sometimes our clients want to avoid litigation altogether, and a simple letter is all that is needed to get the client paid, to obtain a defense from an insurance company or to evict a non-paying tenant.   Other times, suit already has been filed against our clients, and we need to develop a litigation strategy.  We break down complexity to educate the fact finder about why our client’s interpretation is correct.  We can defang the other side’s offense by striking a jury claim, excluding an expert’s testimony or winning a dispositive motion.  And some of our clients just need lawyers to try the case.  We can do that.

Murtha Cullina’s work is evenly divided between plaintiff-side and defense-side matters.  Our work for policyholders seeking insurance coverage and bankruptcy trustees pursuing assets and untangling fraudulent conveyances has taught us many plaintiff-side tactics.  Conversely, our work defending manufacturers from products liability claims and defending lawyers in legal malpractice claims has educated us about best defense practices.  We bring both of these perspectives together when analyzing how to achieve the best outcome in each client’s case.  On either side, we try to be proactive to get the results our clients want.   

DuPont picked Murtha Cullina as one of its original primary law firms in the early 1990s.  As a result of that selection, we have decades of experience in early case assessment and budgeting.  We use these to inform our litigation strategy.  We also staff our cases leanly.  Most matters typically have a partner, an associate and a paralegal.

Finally, we try to act consistently with our clients’ business goals.  Most of our litigators are embedded in firm-wide industry teams so that we understand the industries in which our clients operate.  Even when we are not members of the appropriate team, we draw upon the other lawyers from our firm who do know that industry to help us develop and execute our litigation strategy.         

Who do we represent?  We represent businesses, banks, energy companies, hospitals, nursing homes, nonprofit organizations, municipalities and individuals.  Our business clients range from the Fortune 500 to closely held private companies.  They may be based in New England or New York or farther away. 

Where do we represent our clients?  We go where our clients go.  We regularly appear in federal, bankruptcy and state courts throughout New England and New York.  With the assistance of local counsel and our colleagues in the Lex Mundi Network, Murtha Cullina attorneys appear in courts throughout the United States.  Our trial lawyers handle all aspects of civil matters through trial.  If appeals are necessary, or clients come to us after trial, our appellate practice group looks at the matters with fresh eyes and briefs and argues them in state and federal appellate courts.  Many of our clients prefer alternative dispute resolution.  We represent those clients in mediation or arbitration.

What types of matters do we litigate?  Trial and appellate work exposes us to many types of claims.  We handle all sorts of civil matters, and our experience in our strongest practice areas is described in detail below.

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