Civil Litigation

Civil Litigation

In times of unparalleled change, you deserve unparalleled representation. Attorneys at Classen Marrs, P.C. have decades of experience representing plaintiffs and defendants alike in civil litigation with integrity and vigor.

Led by John Claassen, Claassen Marrs, P.C. routinely litigates in state and federal courts on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants in civil litigation, in areas such as corporate and securities litigation, employment, wage and hour, and intellectual property in the following practice areas, among others:

Many disputes can be resolved informally. Claassen Marrs, P.C. is committed to obtaining first rate results for clients whether in court or out of court.

Employment and Wage and Hour Litigation

Claassen Marrs, P.C. regularly prosecutes and defends employment and wage and hour disputes throughout California. It is experienced in discrimination, harassment or retaliation claims brought under the Fair Employment and Housing Act, Labor Code 1102.5, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), or any of the numerous other related federal and state laws.

Claassen Marrs, P.C. also regularly represents clients in disputes over unpaid wages, rest and meal breaks, work without pay, and late payments.  We also prosecute and defend litigation brought pursuant to California’s Labor Code Private Attorney General Act. These cases are akin to a class action and can be extremely detrimental to a business.

We also represent innovators, entrepreneurs, and their companies in efforts to secure the value of their intellectual property.

Corporate Litigation

Led by attorney John Claassen, Claassen Marrs, P.C.  regularly represents companies, management, and shareholders in corporate governance matters. John’s experience includes the prosecution and defense of lawsuits seeking compensation for shareholder oppression, wrongful distributions, breaches of the duty of care and loyalty, the improper taking of corporate opportunities or mismanagement.  He has successfully brought and defended shareholder derivative actions and direct actions on behalf of companies, their management and their shareholders.

Collections and Collections Defense

Our law firm has for years represented both creditors and debtors alike in collections matters. In these uncertain times, understanding collections from the perspective of both debtors and creditors gives our clients a needed advantage – our understanding based on years of experience about what they can expect from the opponent, courts and juries.

It is no exaggeration to say that these times in 2020 are the most challenging ever faced by businesses in California. Businesses have been deeply impacted when customers fail to pay bills. In some cases, customers understandably simply cannot make payment. But others are gaming this situation. Claassen Marrs, P.C. has experience representing creditors when a customer or client exploits our national crisis by failing to pay bills when they can and should pay. Our law firm pursues exploitative debtors efficiently and vigorously until justice is obtained.

Sometimes creditors pursue alleged debts that they have no right to pursue or act abusively to collect debts.  Moreover, many great businesses and people have now run into financial troubles through no fault of their own.  Entrepreneurs and businesses take financial risks.  That is what they are supposed do. No one foresaw the business impact of a pandemic.
Our law firm prides itself on its defense of businesses, entrepreneurs, and people who are unfairly sued in collections lawsuits in the San Francisco Bay Area and throughout California.  It sometimes vigorously defends its clients in court before juries.  It sometimes works to obtain negotiated resolutions.  In each case, it aims to ensure its clients come through the collections action standing firmly on their own two financial feet by a reduction or elimination of the amount claimed by the creditor.

Claassen Marrs, P.C. cannot represent or guarantee that its services will result in a benefit to prospective clients.  We have found that in the majority of cases we agree to take, the debt is materially reduced after taking into consideration the fee and costs we charge.  Still, consumers should bear in mind that bankruptcy can be a better choice than defending a collections case – especially when someone is faced by collections demands from numerous creditors or the debts are substantial.  Taxing authorities sometimes levy income tax for debt forgiveness.  A loss of a case may result in a substantially higher debt than if had not been contested.  You should speak to an attorney of your choosing about how best to approach a collections action brought against you.