Civil Litigation

Graffeo Law aggressively represents its clients’ interests in civil litigation matters in federal and state court, as well as arbitration. From a simple dispute to a complex commercial matter, Graffeo Law develops and executes a litigation strategy to prosecute or defend your interests. Graffeo Law can also assist clients to prevent or quickly end costly and distracting litigation by negotiating resolutions prior to lawsuits even being filed or answered. With business litigation matters, Graffeo Law works to understand the unique objectives of each client to resolve both the legal and business challenges presented, which can reduce the impact and expense a lawsuit can have on your company.


Attorney V. J. Graffeo has served as lead attorney in jury trials, bench trial trials and arbitrations. He has obtained temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctive relief for clients. V. J. has successfully handled appeals and writs of mandamus proceedings in state and federal courts and has delivered prevailing oral argument to a federal appellate court. He is admitted to the United States Supreme Court and has drafted petitions in support and in opposition to writs of certiorari.


If you have been sued, or believe you need to file a lawsuit to protect your interests, contact Graffeo Law to schedule a consultation.

Civil Litigation Services Include

  • General Litigation
  • Commercial
  • Contract
  • Real Estate
  • Interpleader
  • Non-Competition and Employment
  • Business Torts, breakups, partnership disputes, dissolution and derivative actions
  • Torts and Insurance
  • Non-Party subpoena representation
  • Government and regulatory agency investigations
  • Appellate

Representative Matters:

  • Successfully obtained judgment following multi-day trial against former University of Alabama football player for the fraudulent transfer of his home to his wife to avoid creditor obligations.  National Equipment Sales, LLC v. Marvin Barron et al., In the Circuit Court of Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, Case No. CV-2018-901167.
  • Served as lead trial and appeal attorney in federal court, obtaining over $500,000 verdict in client’s favor in complex case involving tortious interference with contractual relations and misappropriation of trade secrets, which was affirmed on appeal. Bagby Elevator Co., Inc. v. Schindler Elevator Co., 609 F.3d 768, (5th Cir. 2010).
  • Represented majority members of a limited liability company in defending suit of minority shareholder oppression. Assisted in negotiations and eventual result of minority member buyout and dismissal of all claims. 
  • Representation of 50% owner of real estate limited liability company in a business breakup (often referred to as business divorce) in defense of minority shareholder oppression, dissolution and other business torts. Handled litigation, mediation and successful negotiation of member buyout.
  • Successfully represented broker dealer respondent in FINRA arbitration securities fraud proceeding in which claimant sought over one million dollars in damages, resulting in a zero-dollar award
  • Representation of construction company seeking payment for past due invoices, obtaining judgment, attorney’s fees and successful garnishment of delinquent customer’s bank account.
  • Representation of insurance broker in insurance coverage dispute involving catastrophic death of contractor in manufacturing plant.
  • Representation of clients with respect to employment discrimination claims.
  • Representation of national financial services firm in interpleader matter involving dispute over supplemental executive retirement plan assets.
  • Representation of claimant to life-insurance proceeds in interpleader action.
  • Enforcement and defense of non-compete agreements.
  • Representation of trustee and trustee beneficiaries in actions involving breach of fiduciary duty and securities fraud.
  • Representation of financial advisors and broker dealers in responding to regulatory and governmental investigations, as well as non-party subpoenas.
  • Representation of businesses and shareholders in disputes alleging disloyalty, minority shareholder oppression and other corporate misconduct.
  • Representation of institutional investor in WorldCom securities litigation. Retirement Systems of Ala. v. J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., 386 F.3d 419 (2d Cir. 2004).
  • Representation of Alabama non-profit hospitals in securities fraud and insurance litigation. Ex parte Reindel, 963 So. 2d 614 (Ala. 2007).