With our decades of experience in the courts of Oregon and Washington, companies throughout the Pacific Northwest trust the attorneys at Fetherston Edmonds, LLP. A key component of our practice is a forward-thinking approach designed to minimize the potential for future disputes. Agreements are drafted with an eye toward protecting our clients’ rights and interests in the future. Nevertheless, business disputes are a fact of life. Some require recourse to the courts to resolve. Through mediation, arbitration, trial or appeal, we seek the method of resolution that will best serve our clients.
Construction defect litigation can involve a multitude of parties. Property owners, developers, contractors, subcontractors, architects and engineers all are stakeholders in construction disputes. We are highly effective at dealing with alleged defects based on workmanship and materials, design defects, and soil and slope stability, among other issues. Construction litigation may involve mechanics’ liens, change orders and stop notices, or other questions of performance and payment. We can help you with all these things, and more.
Our broad-based business experience enables us to handle any type of business or commercial litigation. Some common complaints include allegations of breach-of-contract, or tort issues like interference with contracts, fraud, or unfair trade practices. We also represent clients in intellectual property matters: trademark infringement, trade secrets, and theft of proprietary information are just a few examples of the ways in which we guard your interests.
Estate and Probate Litigation
Administering an estate does not always go smoothly, and litigation is often helpful to challenge, or defend, the terms of a will, trust or other estate document. Will contests may allege that one will is valid over another….or that a will was improperly signed or witnessed…..or that the creator (testator) lacked the capacity to make a will in the first place. Allegations of fraud, duress, or undue influence can lead to contentious battles among family members, prospective heirs, or others who desire to see that the testator’s wishes are carried out correctly. We work to resolve these disputes through negotiation and mediation whenever possible. But when litigation is the best, or only, recourse we are strong, effective advocates for our clients.
As a seasoned advisor to businesses of all sizes, Fetherston Edmonds, LLP offers expert defense for employers in cases involving wage and hour claims including unpaid overtime, rest breaks, meal periods and similar worker disputes. We also defend employers who are accused of sexual harassment or employment discrimination based on age, race, sex or religious beliefs. When the issue is wrongful termination based on alleged discrimination, or as retaliation for whistleblowing, we have the knowledge and experience to guide you through the defense process.
Our extensive work on behalf of insurance companies includes litigating cases of legal or attorney malpractice on your behalf. Our clients rely on us to guide them through claims involving negligence and neglect, conflict of interest, incompetence, or breach of a fiduciary duty.
Litigating a legal malpractice case often requires litigating the underlying matter, as well as trying the malpractice accusation, since the plaintiff is required to show that but for malpractice the prior case would have turned out differently. Our track record over a wide range of legal matters helps us to successfully litigate legal malpractice disputes to a successful outcome.
The scope of our representation also includes defending other professions, such as accountants and doctors, in malpractice claims against their services. In addition, our considerable experience in the construction industry helps guide clients who are professionals such as architects and engineers.