Quality and results shape our reputation for having a premier civil litigation practice

Dunn Carney’s Litigation Team helps individuals, businesses and organizations avoid and resolve legal conflict through dispute prevention strategies, litigation counsel and representation, and mediation and dispute resolution.  Our trial attorneys have tried hundreds of cases to verdict in state and federal courts, before judges and juries, and in administrative and dispute resolution settings.

We try to provide the best possible result while balancing the need to litigate against the emotional and financial cost to the client.


The quality of our work and the results we achieve have shaped our reputation for having a premier civil litigation practice. Every case and client is different, so Dunn Carney litigators bring a fresh approach, yet seasoned eye, to every matter. We weigh each client’s needs and goals against the strength and value of the case to find a resolution that will help the client achieve the best possible outcome.

Mediation and arbitration are alternatives to litigation that are often more cost effective and less stressful for clients than going to trial. Dunn Carney litigators often encourage clients to consider these alternatives before pursuing litigation.

Our civil litigation expertise encompasses litigation, appellate and administrative law, and mediation and dispute resolution across a wide range of areas.

Our Civil Litigation Expertise

Agriculture/Natural Resources

Administrative hearings and regulatory hearings, water rights, wetlands issues and contracts, property, boundary, lease and business disputes, insurance claims and recovery, lien claims, timber trespass claims, wrongful death, product defect, and other types of complex litigation.

Business and Commercial

Contract and warranty issues, employment, non-competition agreements, antitrust, securities, shareholder and partnership disputes, derivative and class actions, banking, foreclosure, international transaction disputes, trademark, taxation and other types of complex litigation.

Personal & Professional Litigation (Team PePL)

Plaintiff representation in complex catastrophic injury and personal injury, wrongful death, employment discrimination and retaliation, product defect, breach of contract, food safety, false claims, property disputes.


Construction defects, lien claims, contract disputes, jobsite accidents and ELA claims. Construction defect cases including:

  • Single-family residences
  • Apartment buildings
  • Condominium buildings
  • Homeowner associations and townhomes
  • Retail and distribution centers
  • Casinos
  • Senior living centers
  • Floating homes
  • Pipeline and pump station construction
  • Sports arenas
  • Airport facilities


Discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, retaliation and breach of contract claims, noncompetition agreements, and all related types of claims.


Catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, professional liability, insurance coverage.

Insurance Coverage and Defense

Personal injury, construction defect, employment liability, tort claims, property damage, agricultural/ farm claims, casualty, excess and E&O policies.

Land Use, Environmental, and Natural Resources

Cost recovery and contribution actions, agency enforcement actions and water quality and storm water claims.

Product Liability

Automobile, asbestos, food and beverage, commodities and bulk food, tobacco, machinery, medical device and latex claims.

Professional Liability Defense

Attorney, doctor, architect, engineer, real estate and broker/agent claims; trustees and personal representatives in connection with breach of fiduciary duty claims.

Real Estate

Leases, purchase and sale agreements, easements, partitions, evictions, title disputes, land use and landlord liens.

Key Industries We Serve