Business Litigation

For forty years, the business litigation practice at Berliner Cohen has fully met the litigation needs of our clients. We utilize the experience of attorneys specializing in general business litigation and dispute resolution. The practice covers a wide variety of corporate, commercial and business matters, including:

  • Alternative dispute resolution
  • Appellate
  • Bankruptcy and creditors’ rights
  • Construction
  • Contract disputes
  • Employment
  • Environmental
  • Hospitality
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual property (including trade secrets, copyrights, and trademarks)
  • Landlord-tenant disputes
  • Landslide and subsidence
  • Partnership and closely held corporation disputes
  • Probate and trust litigation
  • Real estate (including contracts, fraud and misrepresentation, breach of lease,  broker commission disputes, negligence)
  • White collar criminal defense

Berliner Cohen combines specialized expertise in litigation law and the overall skills of the Firm in the corporate, tax, employment, land use and real estate areas to provide a broad base of support for our litigation clients.

For more information, please contact Jonathan D. Wolf at

Business Litigation



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Identification of the Entrepreneur—The ABCs of Entrepreneurship

Berliner Cohen Attorneys Author “Volumes”…

Employment Law Alert – Employers Can Require “Tip Pools” - Risk Litigation

Environmental Law Alert – U.S. Supreme Court Narrows CERCLA “Arranger” Definition

ADA Compliance: How to Meet Accessibility Requirements & Avoid Lawsuits

That Dreaded Knock on the Door - Responding to a White-Collar Crime Investigation

Cal Lawyer Letter to Editor Response to “Anger: A Frontal Approach”


Roberta Hayashi Quoted In “Getting Things Done” on New Superior Court Presiding Judge

Berliner Cohen Litigator Honored as Mentor

Kathleen Sherman Joins Berliner Cohen’s Litigation Department

Berliner Cohen Attorneys Will Appear in Super Lawyers Business Edition

Berliner Cohen Attorneys Featured in Super Lawyers Business Edition

Berliner Cohen Announces Arrival of Litigation Attorney Dawn Sweatt

Tom Murphy Elected to California Academy of Appellate Lawyers

Berliner Cohen Attorneys Included in 2012 Top Women Super Lawyers Edition

Susan Bishop, Litigation Attorney, Joins Berliner Cohen

Christian Picone Elected to Berliner Cohen Partnership

2013 Super Lawyers Recognizes Thirteen Berliner Cohen Attorneys

Best Lawyers in America Names Berliner Cohen Partners to 2014 List

Berliner Cohen Attorneys Interviewed in Article on “How To Approach Trade Secret Litigation”

Berliner Cohen Employment Group’s 2013 Proves Active and Successful

Laura Palazzolo Authors Article on “ADA Compliance and Avoiding Lawsuits”

Berliner Cohen Obtains Legal Victory for Plaintiff against East West Bank

2014 Super Lawyers Recognizes 14 Berliner Cohen Attorneys

Christian Picone, Berliner Cohen Partner, Authors Article on White-Collar Crime

Business Journal Honors Attorney Dawn Sweatt as 2015 Woman of Influence

2015 Super Lawyers Recognizes 11 Berliner Cohen Attorneys

2016 Super Lawyers Recognizes 9 Outstanding Berliner Cohen Attorneys

Michael B. Ijams Named Partner at Berliner Cohen LLP

SV Business Journal Honors Attorney Laura Palazzolo as 2017 Woman of Influence

Seven Outstanding Berliner Cohen Attorneys Recognized by Northern California Super Lawyers

Berliner Cohen Recognized in U.S. News - Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” Rankings

Berliner Cohen Secures Victory for Palisade Builders, Inc. and Doug Ross Construction

Berliner Cohen Elects Three New Partners


PABA Holds Ethics Seminar on “Conflicts of Interest and the Client Relationship”

Search Warrants and Government Subpoenas: What Every Employer Should Know - San Jose

Search Warrants and Government Subpoenas: What Every Employer Should Know - Merced

Handling Information Requests from Government Agencies - Businesses’ Rights & Obligations

Managing Risks In a Down Economy

Managing Performance: Policy Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them - San Jose

Managing Performance: Policy Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them - Merced

Berliner Cohen Attorney Is Panelist on SCCBA Appellate Program

Berliner Cohen Attorneys Speak at 2011 HR West

Berliner Cohen Sponsors SCCTLA’s Annual Judges’ Night

Berliner Cohen Sponsors ASVB Awards Dinner

Berliner Cohen Sponsors Activity Hole at ASVB Annual Golf Tournament

National Asian Pacific American Bar Association: 2017 Western Regional Conference