When litigation arises, clients look to us for
expeditious and cost-effective strategies

Business Litigation

Wilson Cribbs + Goren represents clients in a variety of real estate and business litigation matters, from pre-suit negotiations and mediations to trials and appeals in state court, federal court, bankruptcy court, and arbitration. Understanding that time and cost are of paramount importance, we strive to develop an expeditious and cost-effective litigation strategy for each client to achieve the most favorable outcome. At Wilson Cribbs + Goren, our goal is not to “work the file” when a dispute needs to be litigated. We aim to understand and achieve our client’s business priorities first.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Most litigation never reaches trial and is resolved through alternative dispute resolution (ADR), primarily mediation. We pride ourselves in understanding how to best posture our clients for a successful mediation. Attorneys with the firm are experienced mediators and bring that experience to bear in the representation of our clients.

Creditors' Rights, Foreclosure and Bankruptcy

Our litigation attorneys represent national, regional, and state banks and other private lenders in loan collections, workouts and restructurings, judicial and non-judicial foreclosure sales, receiverships, and judgment enforcement actions in state and federal courts. We also represent mortgage lenders, landlords and other creditors in bankruptcy cases and litigation matters.

Experience

Represented landlord in dispute with former tenant claiming $700,000 in damages involving lease, trade fixtures, permanent improvements, landlord rights, and related issues; dispute resolved without litigation and with no payment by client.

Represented commercial real estate agency and broker in dispute involving broker’s commission, fiduciary duties, and related issues; dispute resolved without litigation and with no payment by client.

Lead counsel for a landlord defending claims in federal court alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the ADA’s Accessibility Guidelines; case resolved within 60 days of filing.
Successfully defended high rise developers from efforts to enjoin construction by approximately 140 plaintiffs.
Represented Plaintiffs in suit over calculation and collection of damages under surplus cash notes.
Prosecuted protests of Harris County Texas Appraisal District valuations of both real property and marine property.
Won a unanimous $16.5 million jury verdict against real estate brokers and title company for breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, and tortious interference arising from a contract for the purchase and sale of 101 acres of land on Spring Stuebner and I-45 in Houston, Texas.
Won a motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim for client in a fraud case involving the purchase and sale a pool of 1,235 non-performing mortgages.
Won a motion for summary judgment disposing for client in case involving fraudulent transfer, alter ego, and piercing the corporate veil claims related to a $32.5 million transaction involving the purchase and sale of 5.6 acres located on Post Oak Blvd. and Richmond Ave. in Houston’s Uptown District.
Won a jury verdict for specific performance of an earnest money contract in a case involving the purchase and sale of commercial property on Cullen Blvd. in Houston, Texas.
Obtained a favorable settlement for client in a suit for specific performance of an earnest money contract involving the purchase and sale of the Cheek Neal Coffee Building in Houston’s “Eado” District.
Won an appeal of the trial court’s summary judgment ruling against client in a wrongful foreclosure case involving 56 acres of land on I-45 near FM 1960 in Houston, Texas.
Won a motion for summary judgment for the Chapter 7 Trustee and appeal to the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in a suit to avoid preferential transfers of “pooled” promissory notes to investors.
Represented multiple commercial property owners in litigation over high-profile annexation of private land into corporate limits of municipality.
Represented owners and developers of numerous multi-family, hotel, office, industrial, and other commercial properties against governmental entities in disputes over regulatory takings claim resulting from disproportionate application of land use and zoning regulations.
Represented governmental entities both in litigation against individuals and other governments, in corporate governance and a variety of public law issues pertaining to the operation of governmental entities.
Represented numerous private developers generally in compliance with local zoning and land use regulations; the securing of land entitlements, variances, special exceptions, special use and conditional use permits, vested rights, the regulation of subdivision plats, historic preservation regulation, international building code compliance, and a variety of public law issues.