Commercial Business Litigation Lawyers

The trial attorneys at Calhoun, Bhella & Sechrest pride themselves on being known as “trial attorneys” and not “litigators” among their peers, since they routinely appear before judges, juries, mediators, and arbitrators to resolve their clients’ business disputes. Our attorneys have tried cases to verdict in which they have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of our clients or have successfully defended against such claims.

The attorneys at Calhoun, Bhella & Sechrest represent clients in all kinds of business disputes, regardless if they are plaintiffs or defendants. Our representative experience includes cases involving:

  • Contract disputes;
  • Common law fraud;
  • Fraudulent inducement;
  • Deceptive Trade Practices Act violations;
  • Partnership disputes;
  • Shareholder derivative disputes;
  • Tortious interference claims.

Sometimes, the battle is inevitable. We know that some business disputes cannot be resolved informally, and the only option is to seek justice in a courtroom or before an arbitration panel. Our attorneys have represented businesses large and small in “bet the company” litigation when billions of dollars are at stake, whether in state court, federal court, or before international arbitration panels.

Breach of Contract

According to Texas law, a breach of contract occurs when there is a failure, without any type of legal excuse, to make right on a promise that involves a commitment of any sort. This includes failure to perform services or duties in a manner that meets the typical standards of a particular industry. Such lawsuits typically make it the courtroom due to one or both parties claiming the contract was breached by the other.

At Calhoun, Bhella & Sechrest, we are committed to finding a suitable outcome for all breach of contract lawsuits in Dallas, Texas. We work with local businesses and public organizations that regularly hire contractors or schedule the delivery of goods. Should anything go wrong, know that our experienced attorneys have your back. We will examine the circumstances, discover whether a breach of contract occurred, and locate the best path moving forward.

Partnership Litigation

If your business involves any type of partnership, know that Calhoun, Bhella & Sechrest have extensive experience in the resolution of partnership litigation. Typically, our clients seek to protect their business; in some cases, they may wish to start a competing corporation. Such disputes can cripple both companies, but our goal is to avoid such a situation for either party. Our law offices remain proactive and creative when approaching any form of partnership litigation, providing value to our clientele.

We wholeheartedly understand that legal matters concerning a former or current partner may be confusing and emotionally draining. We are committed to providing you with a suitable resolution and ensuring the legal proceedings moving forward are as reliable and straightforward as possible. Our job is to find a beneficial outcome for all involved parties, and to keep your business functioning smoothly for the foreseeable future.

Business Torts

Business torts, also known as economic torts, are considered wrongful acts committed by a business of any type. These actions are often intentional but are occasionally due to negligence or pure recklessness. In most cases, business torts cause a monetary loss for the company. While not a criminal offense, there are circumstances where a business tort may be treated as such, including restraint of trade. The most prominent downfall to a business tort is the monetary damages in civil court, however, you may be able to file an injunction ordering the defendant to cease unlawful activities.

Some instances of business torts include, but are not limited to:

Tortious Interference – Wherein one party unlawfully interferes with a business relationship or a contract.

Theft of Trade Secrets – Companies typically seek to protect trade secrets, and the theft of such secrets may be remedied in civil court.

Trade Libel – A form of defamation unique to businesses in which an organization may suffer monetary loss due to someone publishing false statements.


Each year, thousands of individuals fall victim to fraudulent acts in Dallas – sometimes unknowingly. Unfortunately, many instances of fraud go entirely unnoticed, and learning the warning signs may save you time and money. Do not fall victim to a scam. If you do, seek legal representation immediately. You do have rights, and all is not lost. The right attorney can help make things right for all.

Fraud offenses, under Texas law, typically include a false statement, misrepresentation, or deceitful conduct from the perpetrator. The whole point of fraud is to acquire something of value (usually money) by misleading the victim. At Calhoun, Bhella & Sechrest, we have vast experience trying fraud cases in court, with an outstanding record. If you or a family member was the victim of fraud, seek out our services. We will help you fight for your rights and obtain justice.

Real Estate Litigation

The world of real estate in Dallas is often tumultuous. Ever-changing regulations and state and federal laws make real estate litigation a complex network of legal ramifications. Typically, real estate includes income-producing properties, including office buildings, retail centers, hotels, and apartment buildings. When money is involved, situations often become even more complicated and harrowing. We will simplify the process.

At Calhoun, Bhella & Sechrest, we work with land developers, lenders, and property owners. For developers, litigation often arises over purchase and sale agreements; lenders usually handle loan commitments, defaults, and debt; and property owners must deal with unpaid rent, repair obligations, and rights of first refusal. None of our clients need to handle such situations alone, though. Our experienced attorneys have your back and will provide satisfying results during the litigation process. We will walk you through the entire process, ensuring you remain in the loop during the legal proceedings and after.

If a legal dispute cannot be resolved easily, seek justice in the courtroom with Calhoun, Bhella & Sechrest. Schedule a consultation today by calling (214) 981-9200.