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.

Business Litigation Questions and Answers

Q: What is business litigation?

A: Laws pertaining to business provide guidelines on how companies, partnerships, organizations, and corporations should be run. They dictate what is and what isn’t permitted. Business litigation focuses on legal matters of business and gives disputing parties within and without business groups a process through which they can resolve issues of conflict by invoking business regulations and laws that deal with contracts, non-compete agreements, and trademarks.

Q: Is litigation the best way to resolve my business dispute?

A: Chances are you would not consider litigation unless you and the opposing party could not resolve your dispute through arbitration or mediation. This is normal and perfectly understandable since business affairs are usually contentious and involve high stakes for all parties.

Your case may be settled out of court before a trial is necessitated. Be sure that the settlement offer is fair to you. The legal counsel on the opposing side may see that you have a clear advantage and distract you with an inadequate settlement offer in hope that you take it when you would’ve attained a better outcome if you proceeded with the trial.

Q: How long does the business litigation process usually take?

A: Like with any other legal matter, how long your case takes before it is resolved will depend on the complexity of its circumstances. If the dispute you have with the other party is extremely involved and requires extensive negotiations, your case will most likely take months or even years. Also, the more parties there are involved in the matter, the longer the case may be. Consult with a knowledgeable attorney to receive an estimate of your case’s length.

Q: What is a breach of contract?

A: Business disputes commonly revolve around a breach of contract. Some form of a legally binding agreement or contract is drawn up every time a new hire is made, a partnership is formed, or an exchange of services and/or goods is rendered. Any violation of the terms of an agreement constitutes a breach of contract.

Q: What is a non-compete agreement?

A: Before being hired, an employee may be asked to sign a non-compete agreement which states that they are prohibited from going to work for the employer’s competitor. This serves to prevent unfair competition practices, such as leaking trade secrets, from occurring. Any employee who signs a non-compete agreement and subsequently violates it can be held liable for a breach of contract.

Q: Why do I need an attorney to represent me in my business litigation case?

A: You may be certain that you have been wronged but feel as if you have no recourse because you lack the legal knowledge needed to pursue successful litigation. That is why you need an attorney, but not just any attorney. Business disputes are complex affairs that require a deep and nuanced knowledge of business law. You need to find an attorney who specializes in business litigation, isn’t a jack-of-all-trades type, and has had ample experience dealing with cases similar to yours.

Q: Why should I choose McFarlin LLP?

A: Timothy McFarlin and his legal associates are all accomplished attorneys with high merits in their respective fields. They are well regarded not only by clients, but also by their peers. But you don’t have to take our word for it. Please check out our Case Results and our Client Testimonials web pages to see for the quality work we bring to clients on a consistent basis.