Civil Litigation and Trials

Civil Litigation and Trials2023-03-24T18:13:41+00:00
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Because the attorneys at Fauver, Large, Archbald & Spray are experienced business lawyers and litigators, we bring a unique understanding to the nature of the transactions often underlying complex litigation matters. We bring to the table our proactive approach to the practice of law, where we employ innovative approaches to achieving our clients’ objectives. When deciding whether to engage in the litigation process, there are a number of key factors that any client should consider. Our litigation approach is different than most firms and we pride ourselves on being innovative and practical, while always conscious of the associated costs. The attorneys at Fauver, Large, Archbald & Spray are committed to keeping our clients out of litigation whenever possible, by furnishing preemptive advice to help avoid disputes and by negotiating resolutions before the need for litigation arises. We seek to reduce the costs associated with litigation with a proactive approach that avoids litigation in the first place.

We recognize the fact that if two parties are in litigation it most often represents a breakdown of a relationship – sometimes a relationship that has been going on for decades. Unlike other firms who seek to stoke the fires of litigation so as to run up client fees, our general strategy is to take the most cost-effective approach to achieving the desired result, and most times this is done early in the process before heavy costs are incurred. We do this because we understand that litigation is often an inefficient way to resolve what is ultimately a business issue. But we also understand that sometimes litigation is the only option because either all other methods of resolution have failed, or our client has been named a defendant in a lawsuit. When that situation arises, our seasoned litigation attorneys work to aggressively defend our clients’ rights, while still trying to resolve the matter as efficiently as possible.

Our law firm is known for being aggressive when needed, but we also recognize that often there are other opportunities to resolve matters outside of the traditional confines of litigation, which include arbitration, mediation, or other forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). Often, “litigation” takes place outside of a courtroom, where matters are decided before administrative agencies or governmental entities. Our litigation attorneys are adept at all facets of these areas, regularly appearing on behalf of our clients in complex litigation matters in court, representing clients in many forms of ADR, and appearing before government entities.

As part of our litigation practice, we regularly counsel our clients in all aspects of civil litigation, including:

  • Partnership and business disputes
  • Employment matters
  • Land use disputes
  • Trust and Wills contests
  • Disputes related to real estate transactions
  • Breach of Contract
  • Unlawful detainers
  • Protection of Intellectual Property rights
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Avoiding Probate in California

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When someone passes away in California, their assets and debts are administered in accordance with any estate plan adopted by them during their life and, as applicable, California law. A decedent’s estate can either be [...]


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Our Civil Litigation and Trial Attorneys

Trevor D. Large
Trevor D. LargePartner
Trevor D. Large is a founding partner of Fauver, Large, Archbald & Spray LLP, practicing in all aspects of business, employment/labor, hospitality, employer benefits/ERISA, public entity, energy and environmental law. In addition to counseling business on best employment practices, and handling an array of…
Marcus J. Kocmur
Marcus J. KocmurPartner
Marcus is committed to providing the highest quality legal services to business and real estate clients. His practice consists both of litigation and transactional business law, giving him a well-rounded capability to provide clients with sound advice to help them protect their interests and achieve their goals…
Doug Large
Doug LargeOf Counsel
Mr. Large was a senior partner at Archbald & Spray LLP. He has been selected as one of California’s Super Lawyers for employment law and has earned the Martindale-Hubble “AV” distinction as a preeminent attorney. His practice is focused on labor and employment law for management and on the energy…
Ian L. M. Durdle
Ian L. M. DurdleAttorney
Ian L. M. Durdle is an attorney at Fauver, Large, Archbald & Spray, LLP with a practice focused on business law, transactional business matters, employment law, and public entity law. Prior to joining FLAS, Ian clerked in the Sacramento City Attorney’s office and in the office of general counsel for a federal…
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