Here is what you need if initiating business litigation in Arizona? The typical first step in the business litigation process usually happens outside the process entirely. This is when you speak to an experienced Arizona business litigation attorney. Although you as the business owner likely understand the facts of the situation and you likely have an opinion about whether or not your actions were right or wrong, these facts do not necessarily correspond to existing legal doctrines in Arizona.

An Experienced Attorney

An experienced Arizona business litigation attorney can evaluate the legal facts of your case and help to determine the key issues involved in the dispute. In this time when it is easy to become overrun by the emotions tied to the case, it is very important to have rational advice given to you by a knowledgeable attorney.

Verify Grounds for Filing

Prior to filing a business litigation claim, you will need to ensure that you have grounds for a claim. There are many different causes of business litigation disputes across Arizona and your attorney can tell you more about whether your case meets the grounds for moving forward with the claim. If you have attempted to resolve things on your own but have been unsuccessful with doing so, this is a good time to reach out to a knowledgeable attorney to figure out your next steps.

Should I Try to Resolve It on My Own?

If the other party refuses to communicate with you or does not have any interest in working together to resolve the issues, you may need to file a lawsuit. Your attorney can also tell you more about whether alternative dispute resolution options like arbitration and mediation can be used in your case.

Stages of Business Litigation

The first stage of taking your case to trial is known as filing a complaint. This is where you as the plaintiff explain the facts of the situation as well as the relief you are seeking, and a statement regarding jurisdiction. If the defendant feels that the complaint filed does not properly meet the requirements, then the defendant may file a motion to dismiss that could end the proceedings. This is yet one more reason why you should consult with a knowledgeable Arizona business litigation attorney to ensure that all of your paperwork is completed properly and ensure that you are adequately prepared for the next stage in litigation.

This blog should be used for informational purposes only. It does not create an attorney-client relationship with any reader and should not be construed as legal advice. If you need legal advice regarding Initiating Business Litigation in Arizona, or any other litigation issues,  please feel free to contact us at 480.461.5300, log on to,  or contact an attorney in your area. Udall Shumway PLC is located in Mesa, Arizona and is a full service law firm. We assist Individuals, families, businesses, schools and municipalities in Mesa and the Phoenix/East Valley.