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I.    Personal Injury

A major component of M&K's practice is devoted to representing individuals seeking recovery from injuries arising from auto accidents, and unsafe premises. M&K's attorneys have substantial experience in representing individuals for these matters in jury trials, arbitration hearings and mediation. We offer alternatives to contingent fee arrangements, including flat fee arrangements, hourly rates and modified-contingent fee arrangements. Our philosophy is that a reasonable fee does not always mean "one-third of the recovery". Since all law firms who practice in this area do not charge unless "they get money for you", the real issue is the percentage that should be charged for each case. Our firm is willing to review the contingent fee percentage on a case-by-case basis to ensure that clients, particularly those with debilitating and permanent injuries, are not saddled with excessively high contingent agreements. Therefore, we explore all available options with our clients and, regardless of the fee arrangement, focus on our mission and duty to obtain the best result for each and every client. Further, we are able to rely on a well-developed network of medical, accounting, engineering and other scientific professionals to assist us in establishing liability and a fair amount for damages.
Please contact Paul Kay or Chuck Merchant.

II.  Business and Construction Litigation

Our attorneys represent numerous small and medium size business entities in a wide array of legal matters. On the plaintiff side, our work often consists of filing suit, as necessary, to enforce collection rights or obtain damages for breach of contract. On the defense side, we have substantial experience defending and consulting on employment matters, including age discrimination, sexual harassment and wrongful discharge. We also represent clients in lawsuits involving commercial leases, employment contracts and non-compete agreements.

M&K's construction law practice includes representation of public entities, corporations, homeowners, contractors, architects and engineers. Our attorneys have trial experience successfully defending and pursing claims in excess of $1,000,000.00. In addition to litigation, we serve numerous clients through preparation and consultation on contracts ranging from multi-million dollar commercial projects to single family residences. We are able to rely on a well developed network of consulting engineers, architects, and contractors to assist in the evaluation and resolution of construction claims.

We offer a variety of fee arrangements to our business clients, including flat fee, contingent, modified-contingent and hourly billing. We view each matter as if it were our own business. This provides the best results for business clients who need the resources of litigation attorneys to resolve disputes in the most efficient and satisfactory manner possible.
Please contact Chuck Merchant or Paul Kay.

III.   Estate Planning, Administration And Litigation

Each of our attorneys have substantial experience preparing wills, living wills and powers of attorney. We counsel clients on medical assistance eligibility planning and prepare a wide range of trust documents, including supplemental needs trusts. In the administration area, we provide counsel to personal representatives of estates and trustee. Our litigation experience includes will contests, contested guardianship appointments, and breach of fiduciary duty claims against agents serving under a power of attorney.
Please contact Chuck Merchant.

IV.    Mediation/Arbitration

Over the past 20 years, both mediation and arbitration have become increasingly popular methods of alternative dispute resolution due to the increasing costs and risks associated with court trials. Our attorneys regularly participate in both mediations and arbitrations as advocates for clients on cases involving personal injury, business disputes, construction disputes and employment matters. In addition, Chuck Merchant has served as an Arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association since 1994 with experience resolving construction, business ownership and home owners association disputes. He is currently appointed as a mediator for the roster of neutrals for the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania for the purpose of handling business, employment and personal injury matters. Our experience serving as a neutral in alternative dispute resolution cases, as well as our trial experience, enhances our ability to advise clients about their options and the likely results of litigation.
Please contact Chuck Merchant.

V.    Criminal Defense

M&K has counsel with experience in all areas of criminal defense. Our representation includes counseling clients subject to investigation, defense of misdemeanor and felony charges, and appellate litigation seeking to overturn convictions. We strive to resolve all charges against each client at the earliest time possible, and rely on our history and experience of dealing with prosecuting attorneys to resolve most matters without the need for trial. Because most clients need to know the cost of their defense in advance, we offer flat fee arrangements for almost all areas of our criminal defense practice. When necessary, we are prepared to aggressively pursue trial and put the government to its burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Many categories of cases, especially those involving DUI, permit forms of alternative resolution, such as Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD). We have represented hundreds of clients through this process and are well versed in the requirements and conditions of the non-trial programs.
Please contact Paul Kay.

 

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