Commercial litigation partner John P. McEntee represents clients in business disputes, including actions for breach of contract, breach of restrictive covenants, fraud, and misappropriation of trade secrets. He litigates royalty, licensing, shareholder, and partnership disputes, and defends class-action, ERISA, and employment discrimination claims. His clients include public and private companies, financial institutions, universities, professional sports franchises, partnerships, and individuals. He is a past President of the Nassau County Bar Association, and currently serves as Chair of its Commercial Litigation Committee. He served as an Assistant District Attorney in Nassau County (District Court, County Court, and Rackets Bureaus) and as an Assistant Deputy Attorney General with the New York State Organized Crime Task Force.
What are your biggest challenges as a litigator with client relationships?
Clients litigate to advance and protect their business interests, but not all clients define success the same way. For some, it is resolving litigation as quickly, inexpensively, and favorably as possible. For others, it is protecting the company’s brand at all costs or deterring others from commencing similar actions. As a result, commercial litigators perform two roles. The first is a counselor who investigates and analyzes a client’s problems and objectives and then reviews with the client potential strategies and solutions, the costs of litigation, and the likelihood of success. The second is an advocate who aggressively and efficiently executes the agreed-upon strategy.
“Success is the product of skill, good strategy, and hard work.”
How does your extensive experience help clients achieve their goals?
Most commercial litigators can draft pleadings and make demands and motions, and many are capable of preserving, gathering, and processing electronically stored information for use in the discovery process. However, for a business to achieve an optimal result in litigation, whether by settlement or verdict, it needs a lawyer who has the skills and experience to prepare the case for trial, to try the case to a successful verdict, and to defend the verdict on appeal. As a former prosecutor who has successfully tried dozens of cases and successfully argued dozens of appeals, I know how to achieve my client’s litigation goals.
Why should clients choose Farrell Fritz?
Farrell Fritz distinguishes itself by the quality of its work across all of its departments in both technical quality – that is, how good is the work? – and service quality – that is, did the client have a positive experience? We know both aspects of quality are critical to client satisfaction and we collaborate with each other to make sure that client communications and service are our paramount concerns.