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.
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
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.
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.
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.