Areas of Practice
We have substantial experience assisting out-of-state counsel with matters in state and federal courts in Western Pennsylvania, and would be pleased to provide references to those seeking the assistance of local counsel. References from out-of-state counsel and their clients are available upon request.
Fraud – Breach of Fiduciary Duty – Unfair Competition
Betrayal of trust in business can have particularly dire personal and financial consequences. For this reason, there are especially powerful remedies in the law to deal with those who would intentionally deceive their business partners.
Of course, those who engage in these practices tend to be good at covering their tracks and, when exposed, hiding their assets.
We are practiced in dealing with fraud and other breaches of trust. We can invoke a wide range of remedies and solutions to assist clients victimized by dishonest vendors, real estate and home improvement cheats, oppressive majority shareholders, and self-dealing attorneys and agents. We know how to control economic damage, dig out the evidence to prove what happened, and help our clients recover.
Balancing Protection of Investment with the Right to Work
“Non-compete” agreements and confidentiality agreements serve a legitimate function. They protect the investment an employer may make in an individual. Quite often, however, employers want to “over draft” their restrictive covenants. They attempt to impose restrictions which serve no legitimate protective function, and serve only to interfere with a departing employee’s ability to make a living in his and her chosen field.
While this is obviously bad for the employee, it is also bad for the employer. Such overreaching by employers will often lead to the invalidation of the entire restriction, causing the employer to lose even that protection to which he would otherwise be entitled.
We help employers and employees find the right balance.
Eminent domain and zoning today mean more than just valuing property or getting building permits. Local boards and officials have long used one or another of these powers to extract concessions from landowners and those wishing to make lawful use of existing facilities, demanding improvements to streets, intersections and landscapes even beyond the boundaries of the property in question. More recently, these extraordinary government powers control the public’s access to specific businesses by zoning them out of existence. With the shale-gas boom, the threat of eminent domain has been used to intimidate landowners negotiating contracts to allow gas and oil development on their land.
These abuses of the power to regulate land use implicates important civil rights, beyond merely the right to be paid for condemned property. We have challenged these abuses to assure our clients are not required to surrender property other than as required under the Eminent Domain Code, and that they obtain full value for their land and are fully compensated for damages resulting from a taking.
Fair Dealing in Obtaining Oil and Gas Rights
Were you cheated out of your gas and oil rights?
When it was discovered the removal of natural gas and hydrocarbon liquids from the Marcellus Shale and Utica Shale layers was commercially viable, it touched off something of a “gold rush.” Of course, companies in the oil and gas industry became aware of the commercial value of gas rights at the levels of Marcellus and Utica share had value long before landowners. This prompted many representatives of gas companies to exploit their superior knowledge to obtain rights to the gas at a small fraction of their true value.
So what’s wrong with that?
It depends. Having superior knowledge in a business transaction does not, by itself, oblige the person with more information to disclose what he knows. However, where one possessed of superior knowledge misrepresents the situation it may be possible for a landowner to rescind the resulting agreement and either renegotiate the contract or deal with someone else.
Firearms Licensing and Transfers
Where well-intentioned people violate the law
There is probably no consumer product as heavily regulated as firearms. State and federal statutes govern every conceivable aspect of the purchase, sale, transportation, and use of a firearm transfer. In fact, there are so many firearms laws and regulation that nobody knows them all. As a result, well-intentioned people often violate the law. Mr. Georgiades consults with attorneys, gun owners, licensed dealers and estate administrators to assure the disposition of firearms complies with all statutes and regulations.
Other Practice Areas
- Contract Disputes
- Wrongful Discharge/Termination
- Wage and Hour Claims
- Corporate Governance
- Individual Tort/Personal Injury
- Warranty Claims
- Corporate Indemnification
- Drivers’ License Issues
- Business/Corporate Disputes
- Automobile Lemon Law Claims