Zwieback, Fiset & Zalduendo’s national litigation practice focuses on cybersecurity litigation, theft of intellectual property and trade secrets, breach of contract, fraud, partner disputes, False Claims Act litigation, and bid-rigging and antitrust, among many other issues. Our attorneys have decades of experience working in the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the nation’s leading litigation firms, representing clients in a variety of industries including healthcare, entertainment, retail, finance, technology, public utilities, and energy and natural resources.
Our complex litigation practice is supported by our expertise in international arbitration. We handle disputes in a variety of areas including oil and gas, construction, energy and natural resources, finance and corporate transactions, joint ventures, insolvency, fraud, intellectual property, environmental, import and export, and numerous others. We have successfully prosecuted and defended a broad range of cases before the major arbitral bodies—both U.S.-based and international—including AAA, JAMS, the International Center for Dispute Resolution, and the ICC International Court of Arbitration.
Litigation Matters We Handle
Zweiback, Fiset & Zalduendo combines the efficient, personal approach of a boutique litigation firm with the array of knowledge and ability to successfully litigate a wide range of litigation matters of a large international firm. Our attorneys bring their vast litigation experience to the table in litigating cases on behalf of clients ranging from startups to Fortune 100 companies, always approaching the specifics of a client’s litigation proceeding with that client’s broader financial and reputational interests in mind. Here are just a few of the types of litigation matters our firm handles.
We are an industry leader in cybersecurity litigation, providing representation to Fortune 100 companies and startups in litigation related to data privacy and compliance. Firm co-founder Michael Zweiback brings unrivaled experience to cybersecurity proceedings having previously served in the U.S. Attorney’s Office as the Chief of Cyber and Intellectual Property Crimes Section, Principal Advisor to the U.S. Attorney General’s Advisory Committee in Cyber Crime, and Deputy Chief of the Terrorism and Organized Crime Section.
Theft of Intellectual Property & Trade Secrets
Increasingly, intellectual property and trade secrets are the most valuable assets of domestic and international businesses alike, and, as such, litigation related to the theft or alleged theft of IP and trade secrets can threaten the continued existence of companies and the professional reputation of the individuals involved.
We understand the interests at stake in intellectual property and trade secret theft litigation, and provide a strategic litigation approach to our clients – including both plaintiffs and defendants – that manages these risks and aggressively works towards positive outcomes. Often such cases involve cybersecurity and privacy issues and the potential for government criminal investigation, enforcement, and prosecution actions. Our expertise in these areas provides our clients with a superior level of service to defend and protect their interests in litigation while also effectively managing potential collateral consequences.
Breach of Contract
Our attorneys have significant experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in complex, high-stakes breach of contract litigation matters. We work with clients asserting and defending against breach of contract claims across a wide range of subject matters – including employment contracts, supply and service contracts, partnership agreements, intellectual property contracts, and others. The subject matters are across diverse industries, including healthcare, governmental contracts, real estate, and technological services, among others. We have significant experience in favorably resolving breach of contract lawsuits both at trial and through arbitration, and always seek efficient, cost-maximizing alternative dispute resolution approaches when possible.
Fraud-based litigation proceedings can take many forms and can occur in a variety of industries, including fraudulent inducement to enter into a contract, healthcare fraud (i.e., fraudulent invoices or unnecessary services), insurance fraud, government procurement fraud, securities fraud, wire and mail fraud, investment fraud, real estate fraud, and potentially fraudulent schemes such as pyramid and Ponzi schemes. Such cases are frequently factually and legally complex with high-stakes consequences for both sides. Our attorneys bring a wealth of experience and litigation expertise to serve our client’s interests in fraud litigation cases. Indeed, we aggressively work towards optimal outcomes while preserving client resources.
Business Partner Disputes
Business partnerships can result in litigation disputes which can have significant effects on the continued existence of the business and the financial and reputational interests of those involved. This litigation requires a delicate balancing act of weighing the risks involved of not litigating with the costs and potential outcomes of pursuing one’s rights and interests in litigation and/or arbitration. Our attorneys have experience representing clients in partnership disputes relating to businesses in various industries and growth stages, and we have the skills to strategically assess litigation tactics and risks in light of all factors to best serve the comprehensive interests of our clients.
Bid-Rigging and Antitrust
Businesses face litigation risk from both state and federal authorities as well as private parties for bid-rigging, antitrust, and other allegedly anti-competitive business practices. Our firm represents both plaintiffs and defendants in civil litigation and government prosecutions for alleged anti-competitive business practices, including bid rigging, price fixing, and monopolistic practices.
Private civil suits brought pursuant to the Clayton Act and government lawsuits brought pursuant to the Sherman Act present unique challenges, and frequently involve complex legal and factual challenges for those involved. Our attorneys bring a deep understanding of the law to anticompetitive litigation cases with a strategic case management efficiency to limit costs while pursuing positive outcomes.
False Claims Act
False Claims Act (FCA) litigation related to alleged fraudulent activity directed towards state and federal governments – including Medicare and Medicaid fraud, defense procurement fraud, and disaster relief fraud – brings with it high stakes for whistleblower plaintiffs and defendants alike. Our firm represents both companies and individuals who face litigation from the government or private parties over alleged violations of the state and federal FCA, as well as whistleblower plaintiffs with evidence of FCA violations seeking to move forward and obtain a large financial reward via a qui tam lawsuit.
Regardless of whether you are pursuing an FCA lawsuit as a qui tam whistleblower plaintiff or are defending against a FCA claim asserted by a private plaintiff and/or the government, our attorneys have the skills and experience to comprehensively assert your interests through all stages of the long and complex litigation process. Our attorneys will efficiently manage the litigation process and protect against collateral consequences.
Stages of Litigation
Civil litigation generally includes three primary stages: the filing of the initial complaint and response; discovery and interim hearings and orders regarding interim relief and discovery disputes; and resolving the dispute via settlement, trial, or alternative dispute resolution. Each of these stages – particularly the last two – can easily become overly complex and expensive without proper strategy and case management.
Whether in asserting or defending against a lawsuit, our mission is to employ creative and strategic approaches to resolving the case in our client’s favor while preserving our client’s resources and understanding the collateral effects of the litigation. We consistently return positive results for clients throughout the litigation process and remain in constant communication with our clients regarding strategy and approach, always with an eye towards our client’s bottom line.
Contact Our Experienced Civil Litigation Attorneys
Civil litigation can be an extremely challenging, long, and expensive process for the parties involved. The attorneys of Zweiback, Fiset & Zalduendo have made it their mission to provide litigation counsel to businesses and individuals in complex litigation proceedings that powerfully defends our clients’ interests throughout the litigation process. Our attorneys creatively and efficiently strategize towards positive resolutions that serve our client’s comprehensive, long-term goals. If you or your business are facing a complex litigation proceeding, contact our office to speak with an experienced litigation attorney regarding your situation today.