Edward C. Cooley

Business Litigation

An unfortunate reality of being in business is that internal and external conflicts arise that require litigation to resolve. We are experienced trial lawyers who have represented the business interests of individuals, partnerships, corporations, limited liability companies, trusts, and unincorporated associations throughout Massachusetts for more than 30 years in matters arising out of:

  • Internal corporate disputes involving breach of fiduciary duty and corporate mismanagement in partnerships and closely held corporations, and corporate freeze-outs
  • Marketplace disputes involving breach of contract by vendors, suppliers, contractors, and business partners
  • Construction disputes involving mechanics liens, deficient workmanship and/or design, project delays, and cost overruns
  • Employment disputes involving wage and hour claims, discrimination, retaliation, and enforcement of non-compete clauses
  • Business torts involving fraud, negligent misrepresentation, interference with advantageous or contractual business relationships, trade disparagement, unfair and deceptive business practices, misappropriation of trade secrets, negligent and intentional misrepresentation

Often commercial litigation arises on an emergency basis, with one side or the other seeking a temporary restraining order or a preliminary injunction. In such a case the court is asked to enter preliminary relief at the outset based on materials and arguments presented on short notice and in expedited hearings. We specialize in emergency business litigation having handled more than 50 matters involving injunctions and temporary restraining orders.

We have assisted many clients in obtaining full compensation for the tortious conduct or contractual breaches they have encountered in business. We have also come to the defense of honest businesses targeted by unscrupulous competitors. Whether trying the case to a jury or procuring interim relief from a judge, we have the experience and knowledge required to successfully handle your business litigation.

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Edward C. Cooley is a trial attorney with over thirty years of experience trying both bench and jury cases. Throughout his career, Mr. Cooley has focused his practice on business litigation, construction disputes, insurance defense, professional liability defense, and employment litigation. Mr. Cooley has tried, mediated, and arbitrated cases covering a wide range of issues including breach of fiduciary duties in partnerships and closely held corporations, performance and breach of contract, statutory construction of pension rights, enforceability of non-competition covenants, copyright infringement, age discrimination, mechanics liens, construction defects, unfair and deceptive acts and practices, fraudulent transfers, wrongful death, complex contract interpretation and other contractual and business matters. Mr. Cooley specializes in emergency business litigation and has prosecuted or defended more than 50 requests for injunction. He has briefed and argued appeals to the Massachusetts Appellate Division, the Massachusetts Appeals Court, the Supreme Judicial Court, and the First Circuit Court of Appeals.

Since 1995, Mr. Cooley has maintained an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell National Law Directory, the highest rating available for legal ability and ethical standards. Since 2006, Boston Magazine surveys of 35,000 Massachusetts Bar Members have rated Mr. Cooley as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer. He has also been selected by his peers for inclusion in the publication “Best Lawyers in America” since 2016 in the category of commercial litigation.

617.770.2900

617.773.6934

ecooley@gncm.net

Marina Bay
308 Victory Road
Quincy, MA 02171

Education

Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts
J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence – 1987

University of Massachusetts at Amherst
B.S., Bachelor of Science – 1984

Bar Admissions

Massachusetts, 1987
U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 1988
U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 1988

Professional Associations and Memberships

Classes/Seminars

Lecturer, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Introduction to Effective Deposition Strategies and Techniques

Honors and Awards

Bryan R. Wieland

Bryan is an associate in the firm’s Business Litigation practice group. He has extensive experience representing clients in a wide range of commercial disputes in state and federal court, and alternative dispute resolution forums. Bryan focuses on evaluating the legal strengths of each case, devising strategies to resolve each matter and advising clients on how best to achieve their business and personal goals.

Bryan’s practice focuses on business disputes involving complex commercial, business tort, contract, employment, and securities claims. He has successfully represented companies and individuals in a wide variety of industries, including matters involving shareholders in closely held businesses, commercial contracts, real estate and business transactions, non-competition and restrictive covenants, fiduciary duties, construction disputes and employment-related issues.

Before joining the firm, Bryan was an associate in the Boston office of a multi-practice business law firm.

Education

Suffolk University Law School
J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence – 2012

Wesleyan University
B.A., Bachelor of the Arts – 2009

Bar Admissions

Massachusetts, 2012
U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 2015

Professional Associations and Memberships