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Local, Experienced Business Litigation Services

Running a business can be tough — and even more so when something unexpected happens. Whether you need help with collections or you need to figure out how to split assets from a business partner leaving, there is no need to muddle through the legal process unsupported. Here at Matthews & Jones, LLC, we have years of experience providing a whole range of different business-related legal help. We can help with everything from contract disputes to issues with your business’s licensing, and more. Your business is more than just an investment, it’s a livelihood for you and every last employee, and that calls for the best protection. Contract disputes, liability issues, even real estate concerns can impact that investment and the lives of all of your employees. We provide guidance and protection to keep your business running smoothly when issues arise. No matter what your concern, our experienced team can walk you through litigation concerns for businesses in Destin, Niceville, Fort Walton Beach, and across the area.

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Business Litigation Cases Can Include:

  • Banking/financial guidance and collections
  • Contract disputes
  • Business licensing
  • Non-compete and trade secret disputes
  • Premises liability claims/suits
  • Real estate litigation
  • Business interference protection and litigation

Areas of Practice

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Banking and Financial Services

Banks and financial institutions today find themselves far more involved in litigation than anyone anticipated just a few years ago. Matthews & Jones, LLP has the experience to handle these challenging times and represents banks and financial institutions in multiple areas of litigation, including real estate foreclosures, defending predatory lending claims, and in Uniform Commercial Code actions.


Successfully obtaining a judgment is not the end of the process for an injured party seeking relief. While Matthews & Jones, LLP is not structured as a traditional debt collector, the firm takes select post-judgment collection matters, in addition to post-judgment collections in matters which the firm initially prosecuted. The firm has experience in locating and collecting against assets of judgment debtors.


Contract Disputes

The business world and much of the dealings between individuals are based on contracts, some are complex and some are simple oral contracts. Despite the best efforts of the parties, contract disputes often result. The firm handles all aspects of contract litigation and assists clients in preventing disputes in the beginning.

Florida Department of Business Regulation Licensing

Many professions require licensure from a governmental agency. In addition other regulated trades, such as alcohol and tobacco sales, also require licenses. In Florida, most professional and trade licenses are regulated by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, commonly referred to as “DBPR.” Matthews & Jones, LLP represents licensees in the initial licensure process, license compliance, as well as defending license complaints before administrative quasi-judicial bodies.


Non-Compete and Trade Secrets

At Matthews & Jones, LLP, we believe that a company’s most prized assets are its trade secrets and clients. A successful business has worked hard for its clients and labored extensively in developing a successful business practice. We will help you protect your trade secrets and your clients.

Premises Liability

Property owners face risk of liability to those who are injured on their premises. This risk affects both commercial use properties and personal use properties alike. Usually the risk is insured and the insurer steps in to either pay or defend the claim. However, under certain circumstances, the landowner may be left to defend the claim alone. In those situations, Matthews & Jones, LLP stands ready to defend property owners facing premises liability claims with advanced business litigation strategy.


Real Estate Litigation

Much of the firm’s practice is in some way involved with real estate. On the litigation side, it involves construction disputes, title disputes, boundary disputes, pre-construction contract disputes, and breach of contract claims. Real estate is the lifeblood of Florida’s panhandle and Matthews & Jones, LLP is intricately involved is all its aspects.

Tortious Business Interference

The relationships and contractual rights developed during business transactions can have tremendous value. Unfortunately, third parties sometimes interfere with those rights. Matthews & Jones, LLP is experienced in assisting clients in protecting their business and contractual rights from these infringements via personalized business litigation.


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