Business and Commercial Litigation
Our attorneys regularly represent clients in contract disputes; fiduciary, officer, director and shareholder litigation; and a wide range of other business litigation. We also provide day-to-day advice to employers and act as outside corporate counsel for small businesses. Our clients include international corporations, national non-profit entities and regional and local businesses. On behalf of our clients, we conduct litigation, arbitration or mediations where appropriate.
Business and Commercial Transactions
Our attorneys provide legal advice in areas such as contract negotiation, dispute resolution, financial transactions, leasing, mergers and acquisitions, employment and severance agreements, and intellectual property services on behalf of our clients. In addition, our business attorneys will attend meetings of board of directors and managers upon request. Our attorneys work with corporate clients to review internal procedures, policies and business practices to ensure that our clients are as up to date as possible on changing legal requirements, regulations and industry practices. This helps our clients to avoid legal issues and litigation before business is disrupted by prolonged and expensive lawsuits. HHP’s business services include legal advice regarding entity formation and preparation of corporate documents, including operating agreements, partnership agreements, shareholders’ agreements and bylaws. In addition, we assist our clients with their business succession and dissolution needs, as well as advise them upon the withdrawal of an owner and/or disputes between owners.
Complex Litigation/Liability Litigation
HHP represents corporate and individual clients in matters involving premises liability, products liability, negligence and issues of professional malpractice. Our attorneys have developed a strong liability litigation practice representing property owners (commercial and private), elevator and escalator maintenance companies and governmental entities. HHP attorneys regularly appear in trial courts, arbitrations and mediations throughout Georgia defending the interests of our clients.
HHP maintains a robust practice representing the interests of primarily employers in federal and state litigation under Title VII, §1981, the ADA, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, the ADEA and other state and federal labor laws. We routinely represent employers throughout the pre-suit process with the EEOC and through litigation and trial. Additionally, Hayle Hoffecker Peacock represents employers directly and through their insurance (EPLI) coverage in litigation throughout Georgia involving claims of discriminatory or unlawful employment practices. Hayle Hoffecker Peacock also is litigation panel counsel for large national Professional Employment Organizations (PEO’s), which provide human resource and payroll services to employers.
Estate Planning and Probate
HHP provides extensive estate planning and asset protection planning services to its clients, as well as assistance with probate issues. Additionally, HHP maintains an active probate litigation practice, focused upon the representation of executors, administrators, trustees and beneficiaries. We regularly handle will and trust disputes, as well as cases involving inheritance through intestate succession.
Divorce, Custody and Family Law
HHP represents individuals in divorce, custody and other family law matters. HHP attorneys include experienced family law litigators who have successfully protected the rights of firm clients in divorce and family law proceedings. HHP attorneys also represent clients in legitimation, adoption and termination of parental rights proceedings, as well as actions involving alimony, support issues and modification applications in courts throughout Georgia.
Professional Negligence Malpractice
Our attorneys regularly represent clients injured by the professional negligence of attorneys, accountants and other non-medical professionals. Our professional negligence practice is one of the few in the Southeast to focus extensively upon cases involving allegations of attorney malpractice. In addition to claims of malpractice involving such professionals, we also handle fee disputes, bar grievances and professional licensing issues.
Real Property Litigation
HHP attorneys maintain an active practice handling real property disputes in courts throughout Georgia. The firm represents clients in actions involving disputed title to property, residential and industrial nuisance claims and boundary disputes. HHP also represents contractors and owners in construction defect litigation, contractor disputes, collection actions and lien claims.