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Our attorneys handle business disputes for plaintiffs and defendants throughout the nation.


Commercial litigation has been at the core of the firm’s practice since its founding in 1995. The firm was founded by Mark Baute with one goal — deliver top-tier legal counsel to plaintiffs and defendants without the hierarchical billing practices of big firms and with the flexibility to focus on results, especially winning cases at trial.

David Crochetiere joined the firm in 1996. Both Mr. Baute and Mr. Crochetiere had developed experience litigating and trying cases at national law firms – Jones Day, Blecher & Collins, and Loeb & Loeb. Early on, they successfully defended a case involving the Supremes (Mary Wilson v. RSM Management et al.). Since then, commercial litigation has been the binding force joining all of the firm’s practice areas – contract disputes, business control controversies, securities fraud, lender liability, and other business torts. Our attorneys have won multi-million dollar verdicts and successfully defended clients against multi-million dollar lawsuits that threatened to cripple their companies. 

We prepare common-sense strategies that make sense from a business perspective to efficiently achieve the client’s objectives. The strategic process includes client involvement at every stage of representation: fee structure, establishing goals, and creating a winning strategy to achieve the client’s goals. We implement the strategy and conduct litigation and trials efficiently to ensure real – not pyrrhic – victories.  

When possible, we try to resolve matters before they get to litigation. Our trial experience gives us an edge over lawyers who never try cases — we understand the entire process, and we know how to win at trial, so we can negotiate from strength. If early resolution isn’t possible, we are prepared to go to trial — and win.