Pasadena Business Litigation Attorney
The Legal Counsel & Representation You Deserve
The Law Offices of Paul P. Cheng & Associates is well-versed in representing individuals, institutions, and business organizations in business disputes and civic cases. Our Pasadena business lawyer has extensive experience representing these groups and individuals as defendants and plaintiffs in real estate, construction, business, and other civil litigation matters in Pasadena and surrounding areas.
Common commercial litigation matters include, but are not limited to the following:
- Corporate shareholder disputes
- Corporate partnership disputes
- Construction claims
- Construction defects
- Personal and real property recovery
Why work with the Law Offices of Paul P. Cheng?
Whether your case is a small dispute or a large and complex matter that involves multiple parties, our results prove that we are equipped for the job. With experience in more than 800 cases, our Pasadena business attorneys are prepared and willing to handle it all.
Our services include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Business planning
- Corporation defense
- Entity creation
- Contract review and disputes
- Corporate director defense
- Buy / sell agreements
Find out how we can help you!
The Law Offices of Paul P. Cheng & Associates knows civil litigation and understands the litigation process. We are equipped to walk you through the investigation, pleadings, discovery, pre-trial, trial, settlement, and appeal steps of your case.
When you come to our California business law firm, we will review all of your legal options and consider all of the possible results - both positive and negative. Our Pasadena civil litigation attorneys will offer you realistic counsel throughout the entire process. Allow our firm to walk with you through this journey.
Frequently Asked Questions
To work at my place of employment, I am required to sign a contract that says that if I quit or am fired I cannot work in the industry for the next five years. What do I do?
Unlike many states, California has frowned upon non-competition agreements. California Business and Professions Code 16600 reflects that: “[E]very contract by which anyone is restrained from engaging in a lawful profession, trade or business of any kind is to that extent void.” Generally, the interest of employee mobility and career choice is favored over the employer’s interest in restraining competition. Therefore, many of these non-competition agreements are routinely invalidated. However, the Courts have enforced such agreements where the position of the employee is very high. For instance, the vice president of Nike more likely would be restrained from moving companies, for example like Reebok, compared to a low level Nike employee; like one that sells shoes at a store.
An employer cannot require their employee to sign a non competition agreement as a condition of employment. In addition, an employer who terminates an employee for refusing to sign such an agreement will be held liable for wrongful termination.
There is another issue to consider. Reasonable Non competition agreements that pertain to trade secrets can be enforced if they are necessary to protect such secrets. I always recommend the business-clients that want to use non competition agreements to limit it to trade secrets. Furthermore, I tell them that if the secrets are so important that they specifically list them out. If you think about it your employee will end up knowing about the secret anyway. It is better to list it out so that a Court can see that in advance of employment your employee knew what the secret was and decided, knowing the secret that they were going to work anyway. I hope this helps.
My employee has told me that if I fire him he will sue me for sure. What do I do?
Many employers ask me this question all the time. When you fire an employee offer them 2 weeks worth of salary in exchange for their contractual promise not to sue you. Hence, they have exchanged all their rights to sue the employer for the 2 weeks salary. Most problem employees are short-sighted. They will be so happy with your money that they will easily give up their other rights. Then when they try to sue you, you can present the contract and the case, many times will end immediately. Problem solved. Good luck!
Our team strives to provide focused and driven action in order to give your case the focus that it deserves. We are proud to offer each potential client a free consultation. Contact the Law Offices of Paul P. Cheng & Associates today to find out how we can help you achieve the resolution you need.