Small and large companies make tough decisions to “bet-the-company litigation” in prosecuting and defending itself in high-stakes litigation. But less discussed are those executives that “bet-the-career” in mounting a defense. These executives are collateral damage in the messy world of complex litigation - to the individual, fighting for one’s career oftentimes means putting it all on the line in litigation.
Nexsen Pruet recently worked with a corporate executive to resolve a work place dispute. While the dispute was less complicated than claims that arise from securities or intellectual property disputes, it was an emotionally driven dispute that threatened the career and reputation of the client. Discovery in the case exposed weaknesses for all parties, showing both sides would be extremely vulnerable in the hands of a jury. This discovery ultimately produced the “smoking guns” that pushed the case toward settlement prior to trial. The client was not afraid to litigate, and in fact wanted to litigate to protect his reputation and to see justice prevail. However, from the day Nexsen Pruet was hired, we knew a public trial was not in his best interest. The ultimate goal was transparency, an out-of-court settlement and the ability to save his career.
If you find your career in hot water because of high stakes litigation, you should consider these strategies:
*A result achieved on behalf of one client in one matter does not necessarily indicate similar results can be obtained for other clients.