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Disputes about how a business is being managed have afflicted companies both great and small. Some of the most high-profile companies on Earth have seen their share of disagreement about the management of the company.

In one of the highest-profile business disagreements, Steve Jobs resigned from Apple after losing power within the company as a result of internal disagreement about his project, the Macintosh computer. Twelve years later, Jobs made his triumphant return to Apple. Today, the products he championed—the Mac, and later, the iPhone—are financial and technological powerhouses for the company, while the product that led to Apple’s internal disagreement and Jobs’ ouster—the Apple II—is just a footnote in Silicon Valley history.

When a company has a high profile, like Apple, or Twitter, or Instacart,these business disputes make the news. But business disagreements impact businesses of all sizes—even the ones that are too small to make the news. In fact, these disputes can become an issue in any business with more than one owner, whether structured as a corporation, a Limited Liability Company (or “LLC”), or a Partnership. Disputes can also arise between two or more companies working together in a Joint Venture. Disputes can even arise in Sole Proprietorships if the Sole Proprietorship is jointly owned by a married couple.

Typical business entity disputes will generally take the form of partnership disputes between the partners of the business entity, shareholder disputes between shareholders and the Board of Directors, or even Joint Venture disputes between two or more companies.

Litigation will typically involve questions about whether the decisions of the company’s directors and officers are protected by the “business judgment rule,” and whether the company is being managed in accord with the company’s governance documents and the law.

Whatever the nature of the disagreement, and whatever the size of the company, a
consultation with a seasoned business litigation team is essential in understanding the issues involved in a business entity disagreement. When Nichani Law Firm is representing you in a business dispute, we will always develop the best strategy for achieving your objectives. If litigation is the best way forward, we will bring your case to trial with powerful trial advocacy on your behalf.

But litigation is only one of the tools available to us. If your legal issues can be resolved outside of the courtroom, without the time and expense of a trial, we will explain your available options for achieving the results you are seeking. But regardless of whether we are litigating your case at trial, or resolving your case outside of the courtroom, when Nichani Law Firm is representing you, we will always provide the advocacy necessary to meet your objectives.

Representing Businesses, Directors, and Shareholders in:

  • Fiduciary Duty Claims

  • Joint Venture Disputes

  • Partnership Disputes

  • Shareholder Disputes

  • Shareholder Derivative Actions

  • Separation Agreements

  • Successor Liability



Nichani Law Firm is a boutique Silicon Valley business and commercial litigation law firm, providing legal representation with a commitment to exceptional service, high-caliber solutions, and a deep focus on Business and Commercial Litigation, and Bankruptcy and Creditor Rights. In every dispute, whether large or small, simple or complex, we will provide representation custom-tailored to meet your objectives. As your representative, we will zealously advocate your position, whether in an Alternative Dispute Resolution process, or at trial. Nichani Law Firm has successfully represented a variety of businesses throughout Silicon Valley and the Greater San Francisco Bay Area. We also serve as local counsel in Silicon Valley and the Greater San Francisco Bay Area for out-of-state attorneys and out-of-area companies, whether based in another region of California, another state, or another country—with business interests in Silicon Valley and the Greater San Francisco Bay Area.

For a consultation, contact Nichani Law Firm.

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