Gentes & Associates firm members are particularly experienced in professional malpractice representation. Firm members have defended legal and accountancy actions, and utilize their experience and knowledge to provide cost-effective management of professional liability actions. This experience extends not only to jury trial verdicts, but also to arbitrations, mediations and all venues of alternative dispute resolution. Firm members are active in advising professional clients on prelitigation claims to avoid costly litigation, often referred to as loss prevention.
BUSINESS AND COMMERCIAL LITIGATION
Firm members have extensive experience in business litigation. Gentes & Associates attorneys have successfully defended claims for breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, breach of contract, intentional and negligent interference with prospective economic advantage, unfair competition, among others. Firm members have successfully defended client corporations in lawsuits, and trials, alleging anti-trust violations.
Gentes & Associates attorneys have trained in insurance defense litigation. As a result, the Firm has cultivated and developed other areas of business and non-insurance clients. However, the Firm has continuing relationships with insurance companies and the Firm members have frequently been employed to render coverage opinions related to many types of insurance, from automobile situations to professional errors and omissions coverage. Gentes & Associates has a strong grasp of the duties and responsibilities of an insurer and can advise them accordingly with regard to the proper methods to avoid the payment of meritless claims and exposure to excess liability.
The Firm manages and maintains a varied personal injury practice, including these based on liability for negligence, products liability, intentional acts, or maritime law. Gentes & Associates is equipped to deal with all aspects of personal injury litigation from the most minor injuries to complex severe injury cases or wrongful death. For instance, while Firm members have significant experience in the defense of automobile accidents and the multiplicity of problems that they cause, they also have a vast knowledge of the legal principles applicable to medical and psychological problems in complex and complicated personal injury litigation.
Firm members have successfully defended various department stores, food markets, general merchandising stores, restaurants, fraternal organizations, entertainment establishments and other business entities and public assembly areas against intentional torts claims, such as false arrest, false imprisonment, assault and battery, malicious prosecution, libel and slander. Additionally, the Firm members' areas of expertise extend to more complex areas of alleged intentional liability. These areas include civil suits which arise from homicides, public and private nuisance, trespass, intentional interference with prospective economic advantage, contractual relations, and civil rights violations.
As a result of representing a number of retail and commercial concerns, the Firm's attorneys have extensive experience in defending private owners and occupiers of property against claims of unsafe conditions on their premises. Firm attorneys have expansive experience in slip and fall, dog bites, trip and fall, unsafe surface and defective condition type litigation.
Gentes & Associates attorneys have extensive experience in all aspects of products liability litigation involving design, construction and manufacturing defects. Products defended have included, among other things, vehicles (including trucks, trailers, SUV's and ATC's) shop, gardening equipment, and bicycles. The Firm is particularly adept at organizing these cases, preparing a meaningful program for their resolution, and selecting cost conscious and experienced experts. Firm members also consider all legal ramifications of design failure, accident reconstruction, expert analysis and their related matters.
REAL ESTATE & CONSTRUCTION LITIGATION
The activities of California real estate professionals are increasingly under scrutiny in the current legal climate. Firm members have represented real estate brokers, their firms, and sales associates. That experience has resulted in expansive knowledge and expertise in appraisal practice, economic analysis and other evaluation techniques.
Moreover, Gentes & Associates Firm members have provided representation for San Diego developers. The Firm has represented these developers in cases arising out of almost every type of real estate development, including commercial, single and multi-family residential, condominiums, planned unit developments and master-planned communities. Firm members have extensive experience in all aspects of residential real estate construction defect litigation on behalf of contractors, subcontractors, developers and design professionals as well as homeowners.
WRONGFUL DEATH ACTIONS
Firm members have been involved in numerous wrongful death cases, including those based on liability for negligence, products liability and intentional acts. Gentes & Associates attorneys are knowledgeable of the changing evaluation techniques utilized by accountants and economists practicing in this area. The Firm is particularly result-oriented and utilizes alternative dispute resolution to assist in the successful resolution of wrongful death actions. As a result of firm members' experience, they are particularly capable of selecting and retaining competent and cost-effective experts to assist in the preparation of the defense of these cases.
ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION
Gentes & Associates recognizes the significant costs associated with litigation and the Firm's practice emphasizes cost-effective resolution of disputes. As such, Firm members are greatly involved in implementing all methods of alternative dispute resolution, including arbitration and mediation.