Practice Areas

Complex Business Litigation

Sumner, Schick & Pace has a long and distinguished history in complex business litigation in state and federal courts. Corporate clients seek our extensive litigation services because of our reputation for excellence and our cutting-edge strategies.

  • Contract breaches
  • Non-compete clauses
  • Mergers and acquisitions agreements
  • Partnerships
  • Financing
  • Real Estate
  • Bankruptcies
  • Employment issues
  • Improper or criminal business conduct
  • Unfair Competition
  • Software
  • Technology theft
  • Anti-trust
  • Bid-rigging
  • Deceptive trade practices
  • Insurance
  • Misappropriation of business secrets
  • Trademark infringement
  • Professional malpractice

Among our clients are major corporations, mid-size businesses, small businesses, financial institutions, real estate developers, hotels, and commercial landlords.

In addition to our extensive trial services, our firm also represents businesses in alternative dispute resolutions.

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High-Profile Employment Disputes

When a company faces a discrimination or other employment case involving an executive or director, the potential for exposure is severe. The employment litigation attorneys at Sumner, Schick & Pace approach these claims with utmost discretion and efficiency in order to minimize the risk to our client.

Our attorneys have experience navigating the complexities of employment relationships and the laws that govern them. Our firm's strategy in high-profile employment litigation is to evaluate the case objectively, to discuss the merits of the case frankly and honestly with our client, to assess settlement potential, to conduct discovery with an eye toward summary judgment and, when necessary, to defend the client aggressively and effectively at trial.

Our employment litigation expertise includes claims involving discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wrongful discharge, breach of contract, whistleblower and public policy discharge, qui tam, tort claims, defamation, covenants not to compete, non-solicitation agreements and trade secrets theft.

In the employment discrimination arena, our firm has litigated every conceivable type of claim, including age, sex, race and religious, under state and federal statutes such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Equal Pay Act.

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Internal Corporate Investigations

The criminal defense and business attorneys at Sumner, Schick & Pace regularly provide counsel and investigatory services to corporations who suspect an employee, a group of employees, or a competing business has run afoul of the law.

Clients seek our counsel because of our unflagging efforts to minimize criminal and civil exposure. When possible, we attempt to help avoid indictment of the company and pinpoint any responsible parties.

Through private investigators and our own expertise and resources, we conduct confidential investigations in order to uncover any evidence of wrongdoing. During an internal investigation, our attorneys are mindful of the potential collateral consequences associated with the matters under investigation. We strive to earn the trust of the target of the investigation while ethically preserving the legal interests of the organization and the individual. We work discretely in order to shield our results from inappropriate disclosure. And we balance corporate cooperation with government authorities against the need to protect the organization's legal interests.

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White-Collar Criminal Defense

Sumner, Schick & Pace understands that an allegation or suspicion of wrongdoing can have significant consequences. We represent corporate and individual clients suspected of or charged with criminal violations. We combine years of business and criminal law experience to protect our clients’ interests and achieve the best possible outcome.

Our lawyers assert themselves at every stage of a state or federal criminal case, from the initiation of the investigation, through trial and post-trial proceedings. Led by David Schick, former head of the U.S. Attorney’s Economic Crime Unit, our legal team is familiar with the investigation process and the basis for filing criminal charges. We have been successful in thwarting indictments and also have negotiated immunity and non-prosecution agreements.

Once charges are filed, we immediately begin building a defense. With the assistance of highly capable private investigators, forensic accountants, and other specialists, we conduct a thorough investigation into the facts of the case. We provide clients an honest assessment of all possible alternatives. We also devise a complex defense strategy aimed at achieving minimal impact on our client.

In addition to defending corporate clients who have been accused of criminal conduct, we represent business clients accused of regulatory violations before all state and federal agencies.

When a criminal case involves misdeeds alleged against a single worker or small group of employees, corporate clients often rely on our counsel in dealing with law enforcement authorities.

We also are available to defend individual employees and other professionals who face a high risk of criminal exposure.

Throughout the entire process, clients can be assured that our firm will act with discretion and do everything within our power to shield them from unwanted publicity.

The firm handles an array of white-collar crimes, including:

  • Anti-Trust Violations
  • Bank Fraud
  • Bankruptcy Fraud
  • Bribery
  • Election Law Violations
  • Embezzlement
  • Espionage
  • Extortion
  • Forgery
  • Health Care Fraud
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Investment Fraud
  • Medicare Fraud
  • Money Laundering
  • Racketeering / RICO
  • Securities Fraud
  • Tax Evasion / Tax Fraud
  • Telemarketing Fraud
  • Wire Fraud

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Mergers & Acquisitions

Sumner, Schick & Pace has developed a reputation in the business community as an exceptional mergers and acquisitions firm. We have helped scores of clients successfully acquire businesses, divest property and restructure their operations. We have experience in all facets of merger and acquisition transactions, including competitive bidding and offer strategies, financing, employment law matters, real estate valuation, corporate governance issues and regulatory filing requirements.

Clients depend on our wisdom and our ability to innovate that stems from more than three decades working with businesses. We know what corporate clients require, and we aim to deliver.

We serve a wide range of clients across the country, including purchasers, sellers and targets, in virtually every industry in mergers and acquisitions of all sizes. We handle all aspects of a proposed transaction. Throughout the process, we keep clients well informed about the legal and business hurdles they face, as well as the opportunities to be gained.

Our expertise includes:

  • Acquisition and sale of public and private businesses and business assets
  • Corporate buyouts and restructuring
  • Public company mergers
  • Asset acquisitions and dispositions
  • Auctions
  • Acquisitions out of bankruptcy
  • Tender offers and proxy fights
  • Joint ventures, partnerships and strategic alliances
  • Partnership dissolution and restructuring
  • Spin-offs
  • Real estate matters

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Information Technology & Telecommunications

Sumner, Schick & Pace is committed to helping companies evolve through beneficial information technology and telecommunications agreements.

Our telecommunications practice includes negotiating and drafting technology outsourcing agreements, business process agreements, telecommunication agreements, voice and data deals and licensing and distribution agreements. Additionally, we provide regulatory assistance and help clients obtain and implement necessary licenses.

Because our firm fully grasps all aspects of business law, we also assist with business formation and restructuring, IPOs, financing agreements, mergers and acquisitions and equipment purchasing transactions.

We understand how much is at stake. Through diligence and expertise, we strive to enact agreements that protect our clients’ interests. When disputes arise, whether they involve contracts we’ve helped negotiate or others, we offer solid defense of our client’s position, both at the negotiating table and in the courtroom. We routinely litigate unfair competition, breach of contract and non-compete disputes.

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