Litigation is serious business. Losing in court can be costly. It can affect how you conduct business, who runs the business, and harm your company’s reputation. For complex business litigation, you need a powerful advocate in your corner.
Antitrust is a game changer. It determines industry structure, how companies compete, and who can work together. It affects competitive tactics, customer and supplier relationships, and trade association efforts.
Sean P. Gates Founder and President
I am a trial lawyer who represents companies in commercial litigation and a former “big law” partner who decided to cut a different path. After 20 years with some of the leading national firms and a stint as a government enforcer, I founded Charis Lex to bring my brand of hands-on, principled advocacy to a wider range of businesses.
A “‘splendid antitrust lawyer,’ … recognized for his work as a trial attorney.”
– CHAMBERS USA 2018
These are the principles that by which Charis Lex strives to operate:
Do everything with excellence. Effective advocacy depends on getting the details right. There is no task that is unimportant.
Fortune favors the bold diligent. There is a place for bold action. But cases are won or lost based on counsel’s diligence. Preparation is the key. Dig deeper. Work harder. The hand of the diligent will rule.
Do your fighting in the courtroom. Don’t waste time (and money) wrangling with opposing counsel. Cooperate whenever possible. Stand firm where it makes sense. Go to the mat when necessary. Any fool can start a quarrel. A gentle word turns away wrath.
Let your yes be yes. The idea that your word is your bond may seem quaint these days. But credibility and trustworthiness still have traction in the legal world.
Fight by the rules. Litigationiswar, civilized by rules. No one wins by breaking the rules. Don’t push the edges. Do the right thing.
Do not go hastily to court. Litigation is expensive. Discovery is invasive. If possible, resolve your case in private. Negotiate first. Go to court only when thoroughly prepared.
Be humble. Be teachable. Listen to others. By wise counsel wage war. Being convinced that you’re always right ends in strife and mistakes. Pride leads to destruction.