Frequently Asked Questions

Here you’ll find answers to some of the most common questions that our clients and visitors have.

Whether you are looking for information about our services, fees, or legal topics, we hope you will find this section useful and informative. If you have a question that is not answered here, please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

What are the industries and areas of law do you focus on?

Commerce Law Partners has deep experience in highly regulated areas such as:

  • Transportation, Logistics, and Supply Chain (DOT, NHTSA)
  • Food and Beverage Law (USDA)
  • Real Estate Development
  • Financial Services (SEC, FINRA)
  • Insurance
  • Risk Management
  • Data Privacy and Protection


What types of cases are you experienced in?

Commerce Law Partners has deep experience in:

  • Transportation, Logistics, and Supply Chain
  • Food Law
  • Real Estate Development
  • Financial Services
  • Insurance
  • Trucking and Intermodal
  • Exclusive Distribution Agreement Disputes
  • Unfair Competition Claims
  • Theft of Trade Secrets
  • Civil Racketeering
  • Deceptive Trade Practices
  • Partnership, Acquisition, and Joint Venture Disputes
  • Lender Liability Claims
  • Licensing Disputes
  • Breach of Contract
  • Fraud and Whistleblower
  • Class and Group Actions
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Data Privacy and Protection


How can I schedule a consultation with you?

What are your fees and payment options?

Our fees are determined on a case-by-case basis with each client. Payment is made by wire transfer or ACH.

How long will it take to resolve my case?

Trying to predict when a case will end is dependent upon a number of factors, such as the amount of litigation anticipated… the willingness to settle… the amount of discovery required, etc.

That stated, a case may take one to two years before being resolved.

What are the steps involved in the legal process?

The steps involved will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Generally speaking, the process starts with an introductory meeting.

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How do you communicate with your clients?

Commerce Law Partners prides itself on being very accessible. We return emails and calls promptly.

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How do you handle confidentiality and privacy issues?

Once you become a client, all communication and work product is protected under attorney-client privilege.

Commerce Law Partners holds all communication with our clients in the deepest confidence.

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What Is Attorney-Client Privilege?

Attorney-client privilege is a cornerstone of the attorney-client relationship. It prevents a lawyer from revealing any information the client tells the attorney in confidence unless the client gives permission.

Clients must be able to tell their attorney everything about the case and their representation without fear of the attorney testifying against them. There are a few exceptions to attorney-client privilege.

The attorney may reveal information if they believe:

  • There is an imminent threat of death or serious bodily harm.
  • There is a substantial likelihood the client will commit a crime or fraud and is using the attorney’s services in furtherance of the crime.
  • The attorney must defend themselves against charges by the client in a malpractice or defamation case.

Attorney-client privilege only attaches in private situations where the information is confidential. If the client is talking to the attorney in public, where others can hear them, there is no privilege.

Who will be handling my case?

While it is common for an associate or paralegal to handle the routine paperwork and filing of a case, our Founder, Jonathan Scott oversees all work.

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How large is your caseload?

Comparably, our caseload per attorney is quite small. While most lawyers have 50+ cases open, Commerce Law Partners has less than 15 open cases at any one point in time.

This is by design. We feel a large caseload makes it impossible to effectively serve a client at the highest levels.

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