Business and Commercial Litigation

Monty Crawford has over twenty-five years of experience representing clients in a wide range of complex civil litigation and arbitration matters.  He has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in over twenty-five states and ten countries. In representing plaintiffs, he has recovered over $200 million on behalf of his clients.  He also has successfully defended his clients in numerous multi-million dollar actions.

Prior to opening his own firm, Monty spent twenty-five years at DLA Piper, LLP (US), the world’s largest law firm, where worked as a litigation partner.  During that time, he represented Fortune 500 companies, small companies, and individuals in a wide range of complex, high-stakes commercial disputes throughout Maryland, the United States, and globally.

Monty Crawford’s litigation experience includes the following areas of law:

• Contract disputes

• Fraud claims

• Business Torts

• Shareholder disputes

• Employment disputes

• Construction disputes

• Divorce and custody disputes

• Trade secret disputes

• Product liability disputes

• Covenants not to compete

• Estate disputes

Representative matters include:

– Representation of national corporation in a month-long arbitration relating to enforceability of multi-billion dollar contract relating to the provision of information technology and telecommunication services.

– Representation of a national real estate development corporation in dispute with the City of Baltimore over the exclusive rights to develop the City of Baltimore’s Foreign Trade Zone.

– Representation of a national corporation in a multi-million dollar dispute with a hospital over development of computer software programs.

– Obtained a multi-million dollar judgment in a multi-week arbitration in Chicago relating to a dispute over the purchase of a business.

– Successfully defended national corporation in a multi-million dollar arbitration claim alleging breach of contract and fraud in Washington D.C.

– Successfully represented a Maryland company seeking to enforce arbitration clauses against persons who sought to bring cases against it in state and federal court in multiple states.

– Representation of real estate development company in a dispute alleging fraud and breach of contract arising out of residential development.

– Representation of a national corporation in product liability action in federal court.

– Representation of a national REIT in federal court over claims on behalf of 14 tenants of the REIT seeking in excess of $25 million in alleged overcharges in over 40 retail outlet centers.

– Representation of a national corporation in a multi-million dollar trade secret claim brought in Florida state court.

– Representation of individual in dispute over payment of executive compensation.

– Representation of a national company and executive in defense of a million-dollar defamation action.

– Representation of national corporation seeking to enforce a covenant not to compete.

– Representation of property owner in defense of a multi-million dollar wrongful death claim brought in District of Columbia state court.

– Representation of corporation seeking preliminary injunction to protect against disclosure of trade secrets.