Despite careful planning and execution, business disputes are sometimes unavoidable. The Ponist Law Group’s substantial trial experience allows us to achieve better settlements before trial and better results at trial when settlement is not possible.

As former in-house counsel, we appreciate the importance of blending litigation strategy with business and practical objectives to achieve the best results for clients. We pride ourselves in providing clients with a practical, results-oriented approach to negotiation, mediation, arbitration and trials.

Our business litigation practice includes the following:

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution

  • Anti-Competitive Business Practices

  • Arbitration

  • Commercial Disputes

  • Contract Disputes

  • FINRA Arbitration

  • Mediation

  • Officer and Director Liability

  • Qui tam (false claim/whistleblower)

  • Partnership, LLC and Corporate Disputes

  • Securities Litigation

“Sean and I worked on the same criminal trial team in the Marin District Attorney’s Office, where we often worked on cases together. I found he was a good strategic thinker, analyzed legal issues thoughtfully, and communicated very well with juries. He’s a great trial attorney, and I’m sure his communication skills make him a hit with his clients, too.”

John Alden
Managing Attorney at Independent Investigations Bureau. San Francisco District Attorney's Office

“Sean provided careful, accurate counsel in a complicated legal matter I was involved in for a period of three years. He is well trained and allocates his time well. In short he is a very good attorney”

Richard Wilson
Former Director of the California Department of Forestry (CDF)

“I worked previously with Sean as an attorney at a firm that handles complex and high-stakes litigation, as well as general commercial disputes. Sean worked closely with clients to craft business solutions and, if necessary, zealously pursue litigation on their behalf. He is an effective advocate both in and out of the courtroom. Sean is also especially gifted at explaining legal concepts and at helping clients assess their legal options, including arbitration, mediation, trial, and settlement.”

Neil Swartzberg
Counsel at Pearson, Simon & Warshaw, LLP

“Sean and I were both attorneys at a former firm with which we were affiliated. Sean is a very smart, experienced attorney, and a really nice guy besides! He works very hard and is dedicated to doing excellent work for his clients.”

Robert Silverman
Attorney, R. Silverman Law Group

“I have had the good fortune to work with Sean on a very complex real estate matter. In spite of these challenges, Sean was able to distill the issues down to manageable components. This is the mark of a skilled attorney. I look forward to the next opportunity to work with him.”

Michael Pallamary
Founding Member at Land Surveyors Advisory Council on Technical Standards (LSACTS)

“Handled a complex situation very professionally.”

Dr. H. Tenenbaum
President/CEO of Harten Resources, Inc.

“Great firm! Responsive to client needs and thoughtful as to what cases need and don’t need. Recommend them highly.”

Audette Morales
Partner at the law firm of Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani

Proven Results

Attorney Ponist Obtains Judgment in Client’s Favor in a partnership dispute over the ownership and control of business.

Following a two-week trial, Attorney Ponist secured a judgment in his client’s favor, awarding his client ownership as well as management and control of the business against his partner who had attempted to force him out of the business.

Recognized Excellence