Every small business owner harbors concerns about the success of their company. They invest their life savings, work long hours with the hopes of breaking even, and endure much more stress than they would in a conventional office job.  

Statistics show that 53% of small businesses get sued every year. You've worked hard to get to the point you're at. Don't let a legal issue dismantle your dreams. If you're an entrepreneur or small business owner entangled in a dispute, you need a strong attorney in your corner as soon as possible.  

With an impressive track record and an unwavering commitment to his clients, Attorney William B. Hanley brings years of experience to the table. He understands the unique challenges that entrepreneurs and small business owners face when dealing with legal complexities such as breach of contract, partnership disputes, or the legal aftermath of audits. With his dedication and legal acumen, your business will be given the fair chance it deserves. 

Based out of Newport Beach, California, William B. Hanley, Attorney at Law represents businesses throughout Irvine, Orange County, Los Angeles, San Diego, Los Angeles County, and San Diego County. 

Common Business Disputes That Lead to Litigation

Throughout the course of business operations, a number of disputes may arise that necessitate litigation. These disputes, while diverse in nature, often share common themes. Below is a comprehensive list of the most commonly encountered business disputes that could potentially lead to litigation: 

  • Breach of contract 

  • Unfair competition 

  • Business partnership disputes 

  • Shareholder disputes 

  • Construction defects 

  • Real estate litigation 

  • Environmental law violations 

William B. Hanley, Attorney at Law also offers assistance with non-competition agreements and disputes between business owners (commonly referred to as "business divorces"). He handles business valuation cases and has a wealth of experience with entertainment industry cases. By working closely with each client, Attorney Hanley is able to address their unique issues and provide dedicated support throughout the legal process. 

William B. Hanley, Attorney at Law handles all of the above disputes and more. With his extensive experience in business litigation, Bill is well-equipped to handle any issue that may arise for small business owners. Don't let legal issues derail your business – contact William B. Hanley, Attorney at Law today for quality representation and dedicated support. 



Steps to Take to Prepare for Litigation 

Facing potential litigation can be a daunting prospect for any business owner. Nevertheless, being prepared is half the battle won. The following is a list of proactive steps that business owners can take to equip themselves for any forthcoming litigation: 

  1. Gather all relevant documents and evidence related to the dispute. 

  1. Consult with an experienced business litigation attorney to assess the strength of your case. 

  1. Identify potential witnesses who can provide testimony or support your claims. 

  1. Evaluate the financial impact of the dispute and determine your desired outcome. 

  1. Develop a strategic plan with your attorney to navigate the litigation process effectively. 

By following the above steps, you can navigate your case with confidence and increase your chances of a favorable outcome. With William B. Hanley, Attorney at Law by your side, you can rest assured that your business's best interests will be fiercely protected throughout the legal process. 

The Litigation Process

The road to litigation is a trip with several pitstops and stages.  

It begins with filing a complaint or responding to one filed against your business. Then comes the discovery phase, where both parties exchange relevant information and evidence.  

Pre-trial motions and hearings follow, addressing legal issues or seeking resolution. Settlement negotiations or alternative dispute resolution methods may be explored. If these don't bring about a resolution, the case proceeds to trial, where evidence is presented, and arguments are made before a judge or jury. Post-trial motions and appeals may follow if necessary. 

Common Pitfalls to Avoid

Business litigation is fraught with potential pitfalls, but with Bill's guidance, you can sidestep these common mistakes: 

  • Failing to seek legal advice early on and attempting to handle the dispute alone. 

  • Ignoring or underestimating the importance of gathering strong evidence. 

  • Not understanding the legal deadlines and requirements for filing a lawsuit. 

  • Engaging in hostile or unprofessional behavior during the litigation process. 

  • Settling for less than what your business deserves due to lack of legal representation. 

Why Strong Representation Is Key

Strong representation in business litigation matters is more than just a good idea—it's critical. An experienced attorney like Bill Hanley can assess the strength of your case and provide strategic advice tailored to your unique objectives. Ultimately, strong representation sends a clear message to the opposing party—you're prepared to fight for your rights. 

Attorney Hanley's approach to legal representation is both aggressive and thorough. He personally oversees every aspect of a lawsuit or dispute, which sets him apart from larger firms that might pass clients' cases to less experienced associates. His commitment to individual attention ensures cost-effective litigation and a thorough understanding of each case's intricacies. 


For exceptional legal representation in southern California, attorney William B. Hanley is the one to turn to. With over four decades of experience in various legal fields, Bill offers personalized assistance to individuals and businesses alike. He's dedicated to understanding each client's unique concerns and providing the best possible outcome. Don't hesitate to reach out to his firm in Newport Beach today and give your case the strong representation it deserves in court.