Business Law

Business Disputes

Contract Dispute Lawyer Serving the East Bay, Oakland, San Francisco and the surrounding Counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Marin and beyond

At the Law Office of Thomas C. Tagliarini, most of our business litigation is a result of a contract dispute or breach of contract. In some cases, one side fails to live up to their end of the bargain or tries to renege on their obligations. In other cases, we’re called in to help due to a poorly written contract with ambiguous terms resulting in a difference of opinion about how to interpret the contract.

What is a “Breach of Contract”?

A business contract binds certain obligations that are to be fulfilled by the people or companies who entered into the agreement. A party’s failure to fulfill an end of the bargain under a contract is known as a “breach” of the contract. A breach can occur when a party fails to perform on time, does not perform in accordance with the terms of the agreement, or does not perform at all.

When a breach of contract is alleged, one or both of the parties may wish to have the contract enforced on its terms, or may try to recover for any financial damages that occurred as a result of the alleged breach.

Types of Damages in a Breach of Contract Claim

A party who breaches a contract can be held responsible to pay the non-breaching party for all of the damages or losses that occurred as a consequence of the breach. Damages may be very specific to the kind of breach that has occurred.

Damages include:

  • Compensatory damages: aim to put the non-breaching party in the position that they had been if the breach had not occurred.
  • Punitive damages: designed to punish the breaching party for particularly wrongful acts, and are rarely awarded in the business contracts setting.
  • Nominal damages: a small amount of money awarded to the non-breaching party when a breach occurred, but no actual money loss to the non-breaching party was proven.
  • Liquidated damages: the amount of money specified in a contract to be awarded in the event that the agreement is violated.
  • Specific performance: an order of a court which requires a party to perform a specific act, often what is stated in a contract.
  • Cancellation and recision: a non-breaching party may cancel the contract and sue for recision, which is a contract remedy that enables the non-breaching party to be put back in the position it was in prior to the agreement.  Cancellation of the contract voids the contract and relieves all parties of any obligation under the agreement.

Superb Legal Representation in a Cost-Effective Way

For thirty years the Law Office of Thomas C. Tagliarini has held strong to a belief in efficiency as well as respect to client concerns regarding legal costs and fees. Our philosophy is to provide practical and candid advice to our clients, to handle all matters efficiently, and to obtain the best result at a cost that is reasonable and proportionate to the situation.

As a small firm we are able to provide the kind of personalized attention that you don’t often find at larger San Francisco law firms. Our East Bay business dispute lawyer performs a thorough analysis on all aspects of a case, which results in a customized litigation strategy for each client. To keep litigation costs and fees to a minimum, our case analysis also includes a review of alternative methods of dispute resolution such as mediation, arbitration and negotiation.

Free Initial Consultation

Contact the Law Office of Thomas C. Tagliarini by phone at (510) 444-0692 or email for a free consultation with an East Bay will dispute lawyer. We serve Oakland, San Francisco and the surrounding counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Marin.