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Anand A.

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Philadelphia, PA
10 Yrs Experience
Licensed in NJ, PA
Rutgers University School of Law

Anand is an entrepreneur and attorney with a wide-ranging background. In his legal capacity, Anand has represented parties in (i) commercial finance, (ii) corporate, and (iii) real estate matters throughout the country, including New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Arizona, and Georgia. He is well-versed in business formation and management, reviewing and negotiating contracts, advising clients on financing strategy, and various other arenas in which individuals and businesses commonly find themselves. As an entrepreneur, Anand is involved in the hospitality industry and commercial real estate. His approach to the legal practice is to treat clients fairly and provide the highest quality representation possible. Anand received his law degree from Rutgers University School of Law in 2013 and his Bachelor of Business Administration from Pace University, Lubin School of Business in 2007.

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Howard B.

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Tulsa, Ok
11 Yrs Experience
Licensed in OK
University of Tulsa

Berkson is a dedicated, practical, and detail-oriented attorney licensed to practice in every state court of Oklahoma and the United States Northern and Eastern District Courts. He graduated from the University of Tulsa College of Law with Honors. While there, he received awards for highest grade in trial practice, legal research, and civil procedure. He was also the Executive Notes and Comments Editor for the Energy Law Journal, the official journal of the Energy Bar Association in Washington, D.C. The Energy Law Journal is one of the few peer-reviewed journals in the legal profession. Prior to becoming an attorney, Howard Berkson held executive positions involving a wide range of business and human resources management functions. He has in-depth knowledge of both business and HR practices. During his business career, Berkson negotiated, wrote, red-lined, and disputed contracts. He has answered charges, handled inspections, and supervised audits involving numerous agencies including the Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and various state agencies. Berkson honed his analytical and writing skills while earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from the University of Washington. He went on to obtain a Master of Arts in Labor and Industrial Relations from the University of Illinois. Berkson’s work can be found in such publications as The Energy Law Journal, Human Resource Management Review and Personnel Psychology. He is a member of Phi Alpha Delta law fraternity and of Phi Kappa Phi honor society.

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Gill D.

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15 Yrs Experience
Licensed in FL
Stetson University College of Law

Erik has been a practicing attorney in Florida for over a decade. He specializes in employment and real estate contracts. He has represented clients big and small and can assist with any contract issue.

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Domonick G.

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3 Yrs Experience
Licensed in MO, TX
Thurgood Marshall School of law

I am a licensed attorney who specializes in business law, personal injury and contracts.

Marc S. on ContractsCounsel
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Marc S.

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Henderson, Nevada
43 Yrs Experience
Licensed in NV
Southwestern University

Have been practicing real property and business law in Nevada for over 40 years. No longer handling any litigation, transactional matters only.

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Litigation Legal Questions and Answers


Demand Letter


Asked on Sep 17, 2023

Costs threatened in a demand letter?

I recently received a demand letter from a person that I had a disagreement with. The letter stated that if I did not take certain actions, they would take legal action against me. The letter also mentioned potential costs associated with this legal action. I am wondering what the potential costs could be and what I can do to protect myself from incurring them.

Linda W.

Answered Sep 27, 2023

The first question I would ask, is the nature of the dispute. Is it actionable? Does the person who sent the demand letter have any legal right to bring a lawsuit against you? Typically costs associated with a lawsuit are the filing fee and service of process/summons and possibly free judgment interest, depending on the alleged violation, if it is monetary.

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Lease Contract Agreement


Asked on Jun 30, 2022

What is the maximum that can be sued for in TX small claims from a commercial landlord withholding security deposit in bad faith?

I recently relocated my office and the old locations’ landlord is withholding my security deposit in bad faith, no itemized deductions for any claimed repairs, and no supporting documentation for anything reasons they are using to hold my deposit. I would like to send a demand letter to them and then prepare for small claims. I just have a question on how much i am allowed to sue for. I heard it is something like 3x of the amount, plus all other reasonable fees. Would like some counsel here.

Kelvin R.

Answered Aug 2, 2022

Justice Courts have jurisdiction of civil matters in which the amount in controversy is no more than $20,000 (or $10,000 if the case was filed prior to September 1, 2020), exclusive of interest and court costs, but including attorney fees, if any. I presume someone has mentioned to you theories of treble damages recoverable under the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices-Consumer Protection Act (DTPA) for knowing and intentional deceptive acts. While the DTPA is a broad, ranging statute, it cannot convert what appears a purely a breach of contract claim into a DTPA claim (in most instances) absent an separate act by the landlord. You should consult a contracts / DTPA lawyer who can help you evaluate the viability of your claims. Start with your lease agreement. Hope this helps. Kelvin

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Contract Agreement

New York

Asked on Sep 7, 2021

How to determine jurisdiction for lawsuit?

I have a promissory note written in Montana that was breached. I am in New York. I am the borrower and my aunt is the lender; I have since discovered she wrote the note with unfair terms. I need the note voided. What do I do? I can’t find an attorney anywhere to take my case.

Ramsey T.

Answered Sep 14, 2021

Hi - what does the contract say? We are looking for the choice of law clause. If the contract provides for NY choice of law then fantastic! You hire an attorney in New York, send them a demand letter and file in a New York State Court - on the day after the expiration date for your letter. Once you get your judgment in New York, you hire a collections attorney in Montana to go collect your judgement (if they won't pay up - its amazing how much they are willing to pay when you get a local lawyer to put a lien on their house!) If the choice of law clause says Montana - you can (i) be certain and hire a lawyer in Montana and follow the same process or (ii) be aggressive, hire and file in New York, just to ensure that they have to hire a New York lawyer to get the case dismissed. The second situation would be if you think they would rather settle with you than pay someone in New York to get the case dismissed. There is a lot of strategy to consider - but the most important thing in any of this is to be decisive and move forward with a lawyer quickly once you decide on a course of action. I've seen clients who had stronger cases lose in the end because the other side was aggressive in Court and had their lawyer on a retainer immediately and filed before my client could finish "considering her options."

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Employment Contract


Asked on Apr 23, 2023

What's the termination clause in an employment contract?

I recently accepted a position at a company and they have given me an employment contract to review. I have been reading through the contract and noticed a section regarding termination. However, I am not sure what the termination clause in the contract states and I am hoping to get some clarification from a lawyer. I want to make sure that I understand my rights and obligations before signing the contract.

Curt L.

Answered Apr 28, 2023

Most employment contracts contain (1) termination for cause, and/or (2) termination without cause (also known as at-will employment relationship).

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Retainer Agreement


Asked on Jul 5, 2022

either in a flat fee or with a retainer, do attorneys charge for wait time in court/travel time to and from?

Have a protective order hearing coming up. I have the option of using a lawyer with no retainer agreement, but a deposit and an hourly rate or one with a retainer deposit and an agreement. In either case, is wait time in court charged at the hourly rate?how about travel time?

Michael T.

Answered Jul 19, 2022

Generally speaking, we charge for all time spent on a file. If I'm away from my desk for your case, then I can't work on other cases. So, yes, a five-minute hearing in court might result in a two-hour bill, because that was two hours dedicated to your case. That's why lawyers like to schedule multiple cases for the same hearing: we can pro-rate the travel and waiting time over multiple cases. Flat fees do not normally get a charge for travel or waiting time, because that time is included in the flat fee. A lot of judges start their hearings by "calling the docket" (bringing up each case one by one) and getting time estimates; then calling the cases beginning with the shortest time estimates. Some judges leave all the cases without lawyers to the end. This results in (A) the people involved in cases without lawyers see how it's done; and (B) the lawyers spend less time sitting around waiting and go back to being productive.

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