Wright, Constable & Skeen has a talented Litigation Group experienced at identifying problems and finding solutions.
The law firm has a versatile team of more than 30 attorneys and paraprofessionals that blends the personal attention and consideration expected of small sized law firms with many of the advantages provided by larger firms, such as a dynamic scope of focus areas organized by practice groups comprised of attorneys recognized for various concentrations. The firm prides itself in this balance, as it enables attorneys to concentrate in particular areas of practice while maintaining an outlook that is as interdisciplinary in nature as the problems faced by our clients.
The product of this approach is a commitment to engagement, accessibility, creativity, problem solving and capitalizing our opportunities. Effective litigation requires skills that are learned in large part through experience. Among those skills are the ability to marshal facts, identify issues, and present the law and the facts persuasively in court or other tribunals. Frequently, the expense of litigation requires a common sense approach to bring about the successful resolution of disputes without exhausting a client’s resources.
Our attorneys are seasoned in litigation, appearing before federal and state trial and appellate courts, the trial, bankruptcy, tax, and appellate courts of the federal system, and federal and state and local administrative agencies and commissions. To assure that we keep pace with developments in the law, the Litigation Group meets regularly to review recent decisions, share experiences and discuss cases, bringing the collective experience of the group to bear on a particular client’s problem. Each attorney takes continuing legal education courses and shares the benefits with the section.
Wright, Constable & Skeen attorneys have extensive litigation experience in the following areas of concentration:
- Admiralty, Maritime and Railroad
- Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights
- Construction Law
- Employee-Employer Relations
- Environmental Matters
- Estates and Trusts
- Intellectual Property
- Professional Liability
- Railroad and Truck Transportation and Warehousing
- Torts, Insurance and Products Liability
ADMIRALTY, MARITIME AND RAILDROAD
Actions relating to commercial and recreational vessels, including vessel arrests and attachments, vessel construction, commercial disputes relating to charters, contracts, mortgage foreclosures, maritime claims in bankruptcy, collision, products liability, personal injury and death claims, cargo and property damage defense and subrogation claims. Throughout our history, we have represented railroads in corporate, labor, real estate, regulatory matters as well as personal injury and property damage.
Representation of Creditors and Debtors in creditors´ rights, mortgage foreclosure, lien priority, preferences, fraudulent transfers and related matters, collection of accounts and bankruptcy proceedings, including Chapter 11 reorganization.
Representation of contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers, insurance companies and sureties in State and Federal courts throughout the Mid-Atlantic region involving construction related disputes.
Matters under the Uniform Commercial Code, enforcement of restrictive employment covenants, prevention of trade secret disclosure, prosecution and defense of business contracts and torts, antitrust, fraudulent transactions, compliance with regulations, tax assessments, fiduciary duties, and disputes among shareholders and partners.
Pre-nuptial agreements, divorce, child custody, support and visitation, adoption, juvenile proceedings, name change, and paternity.
Wrongful termination, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) election proceedings, unfair labor practice charges, arbitration of contractual labor disputes, employment discrimination charges, wage and hour matters, occupational safety and health matters, workers’ compensation, and unemployment insurance claims.
Actions between landowners and administrative agencies relating to pollution, hazardous materials, water rights, toxic torts, nuisance, zoning and other land use planning issues.
Actions by or against Personal Representatives and Trustees including will caveats and trust beneficiary actions, valuation disputes and tax matters.
Patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret matters in both state and federal courts.
Defense of lawyers, accountants, architects, engineers, real estate agents and brokers, insurance agents and brokers, real estate appraisers, and other professionals.
RAILROAD AND TRUCK TRANSPORTATION AND WAREHOUSING
Cargo loss and property damage, FELA, passenger personal injury, rate and tariff enforcement, real estate and other commercial disputes; with regard to railroad and trucking concerns and freight forwarders, both local and interstate. Our experience includes the liability aspects of intermodal transport and warehousing.
TORTS, INSURANCE AND PRODUCTS LIABILITY
Insurance defense of personal injury, death, property damage and casualty claims; pursuit of subrogation claims in property and casualty areas, particularly fire damage claims, defense of “bad faith” claims against insurers; defense of mass tort claims in the products liability area; plaintiffs’ negligence actions involving serious personal injury, medical malpractice, wrongful death and products liability.