Two Lawyers Join Forces to Create Business Litigation Firm

Beckstead Terry PLLC.

These two lawyers have joined forces to bring business Litigation to a new level.

According to an article recently completed by the Austin Business Journal, two lawyers are coming together to launch an employment and commercial litigation focused law firm.  Amy Beckstead and Jana Terry, two attorneys with long histories working in commercial litigation, will be working together to found and create the new firm.  The pair of women have known each other for quite some time, first becoming acquainted through a locale female attorney networking group entitled the Mother Attorney Mentoring Association, which was conceived, formed and set into motion by Beckstead herself.

Beckstead and Terry have been acquainted since meeting at the organization, and have only grown closer since their first meeting.  In the time since they have met, the pair has found that their approaches to serving clients is identical.  Both women have a priority on focusing to provide responsive, strategic and practical advice to clients.  Together, Beckstead and Terry feel that their joining forces will allow them to leverage their respective skills and optimize the services provided to their clients.

Amy Beckstead brings experience in working for a firm to the table—in knowing and completing the day to day tasks required to keep a law firm in operation.  She is licensed to practice in two states—California and Texas.  Prior to forming the new firm, she worked for DLA Piper, a large international law firm.  Jana Terry, on the other hand, has experience in running law firms, as she has been the key figure in running a commercial litigation firm for the last three years.  Prior to this, she worked for Greenberg Taurig, one of the largest law firms in the United States.

The firm formed by the two female lawyers will be entitled Beckstead Terry PLLC.  The company will be based in Austin and focus on business and employment litigation.

Businesses Become More Open to Litigation

Taking Affirmative Action when a business has potential claims against them is the best thing to do.

Taking Affirmative Action when a business has potential claims against them is the best thing to do.

When it comes to Business Litigation in the United States, as well as other countries, Mondaq breaks down the feelings on this topic from the business end in a recent article. Businesses have almost always viewed litigation as taxing, causing employees to spend a large amount of time responding to discovery requests and becoming liable for legal fees and other costs. On the other hand, businesses have not exactly embraced lawsuits either. With that said, it seems as though times are changing as businesses around the world are seeing the benefits of lawsuits; turning their losses into profit.

Businesses in the US are very proactive in taking the right steps to recover damages when they have potential claims against them. “Affirmative Litigation” is what this is called and is generally apparent in lawsuits in the US courts. Businesses are also considering whether claims can be asserted in other countries as well. There are many US businesses that have operations outside of US soil and are bringing in claims from a variety of different countries to recover damages especially in multinational markets including European, Asian, and Latin American markets.

In the US, one business can represent the interests of all other businesses in one case. For example, in the case of an alleged anticompetitive conduct, a single business can represent each and every consumer of a product against the manufacturers if they are assumed to have planned to set prices, or have come to an agreement to not compete with one and other.

Most businesses would have sought out whether or not another business brought a class action lawsuit instead of bringing their own case back in the day. This is called being an “absent class member” by not taking action on their own, but waiting to see if they would be eligible to file a claim for the purpose of getting part of their class action recovery. Businesses these days can no longer take a passive approach to these situations because the courts have made it harder for them to pursue class action cases. As a result of the courts, many businesses are now instead choosing to bring their own lawsuits to recover damages.