Dennis LaFiura is a litigator who helps clients with a wide range of disputes and difficult business issues. He regularly represents public and private business entities that distribute products and services, such as franchisors, licensors, and manufacturers, in litigation with distributors. He represents clients in disputes involving hotels, rental cars, motor vehicles, and other consumer products and services.
According to the 2013 edition of Chambers USA, "Dennis LaFiura has a strong reputation in franchise litigation...One source praises his 'unmatched legal analysis of any franchise legal issue.'"
Dennis also handles matters involving officer and director liability, securities, professional liability and general equity matters. He represents clients in arbitrations, mediations and other alternative dispute resolution proceedings.
Dennis has been frequently published and cited in leading business and legal media, including Law360 and the ABA Forum on Franchising. He is a popular speaker at conferences addressing complex issues relating to dispute resolution, franchising and distribution.
Prior to entering private practice, Dennis clerked for The Honorable George H. Barlow, chief judge, United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Arbitrations, mediations, and other alternative dispute-resolution proceedings, frequently representing franchisors in mediations administered by CPR through its national franchise mediation program and defending a diversified company in an arbitration proceeding, seeking millions of dollars for environmental indemnity arising out of the company's sale of a multi-plant division. He also serves as an arbitrator in disputes between motor vehicle manufacturers and their dealers
Professionals, including lawyers, accountants, insurance brokers, and appraisers, in the defense of professional liability claims
Officer and Director Liability
Officers and directors of corporations in derivative and other actions seeking damages for various forms of allegedly tortious conduct, including breaches of fiduciary duty
Corporations and their officers, directors, and professional advisors in the defense of class actions brought pursuant to federal and state securities laws
General Equity Matters
Businesses with actions seeking injunctive and other forms of equitable relief in federal courts and in the Chancery Division of the New Jersey state courts. Such matters include actions brought pursuant to New Jersey's oppressed shareholder statute and those seeking to restrain the disclosure of trade secret information, to enforce restrictive covenants, and to rescind contracts for the purchase or sale of real estate
Recognized for delivering superior service to corporate clients by BTI Client Services All-Star Report (BTI Consulting Group), 2006, 2009, 2013, 2017
Chosen for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Franchise Law, 2006-2017
Selected to the list of New Jersey Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), Franchise/Dealership, Business Litigation, 2005-2016
Selected to the list of Top 100 New Jersey Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2013-2014
Chosen for inclusion in the Chambers USA Legal Directory as a leading litigation and franchising attorney, 2006-2017
Recognized as a leading litigation practitioner in Benchmark: Litigation, the Definitive Guide to America's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys, 2009
AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell