Litigation

Overview

Renowned for our experience in complex litigation and arbitration, our clients rely on us to anticipate their needs and outperform their expectations. We believe that the best litigation results — whether achieved in court or across the bargaining table — occur when the lawyers are fully prepared to try the case through verdict. Our focus on trial-readiness drives successful and more cost-efficient results for clients, as critical issues are identified early and then used to maximum advantage in the litigation and negotiation processes.

Our attorneys throughout our offices represent clients in trial and courts of appeal, before administrative tribunals, and in arbitrations and other dispute resolution proceedings. We also represent clients in connection with proceedings involving government agencies, such as Saudi Aramco, Saudi Authority For Intellectual Property, the Saudi Securities and Exchange Commission, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the Chamber of Commerce, the Saudi Ministry of Human Resource and Social Development, and Offices of Attorneys General.

We have tried cases successfully to verdict or judgment in virtually every business segment and substantive area, including accountant liability, antitrust & competition, class action, mass tort & toxic tort, construction, consumer fraud, labor rights, franchise & distribution, insurance coverage, international arbitration, product liability, and securities & shareholder litigation.

Engineering & Construction Litigation

Throughout the years, the Engineering & Construction Litigation Practice Group has successfully litigated and arbitrated disputes involving some of the most high-profile construction projects in the world. These include claims of defective engineering for reservoirs, dams, and tunnels, gas pipelines, disputes over the safe design and construction of nuclear plants, and litigating the cause of sports stadiums and building collapses.

We practice in civil, commercial, and criminal courts, and arbitration forums throughout the Kingdom, as well as in GCC, and the Middle East, including in international arbitration forums.

Trade Secrets Litigation

Attorneys in our Trade Secrets Litigation Practice Group have years of experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in trade secrets matters in diverse industries. They draw upon the formidable depth of intellectual property, commercial litigation, and other practices to provide an approach tailored to the intricacies of each individual case.

Trade secret holders frequently seek expedited injunctive relief that can result in mini-trials at the beginning of cases. We can rapidly mobilize teams who work closely with clients, quickly get up to speed on the clients’ technology, and build persuasive case strategies because of our group’s size, sophistication, and experience.

We have litigated the broad spectrum of trade secret disputes, ranging from outright theft to violation of various agreements, including employment, R&D, joint development, and technology transfer and know-how agreements. We have won significant victories for clients in these matters in federal and state courts and in arbitrations, and have worked collaboratively with law enforcement agencies to protect clients’ intellectual property. Our success is grounded in extensive jury and bench trial experience, and a sophisticated appellate practice to protect our clients’ successes at the trial level.

Trademarks Litigation

Our trademark attorneys have decades of experience handling some of the highest-profile trademark matters with extraordinary results. Our experience spans a wide range of industries, including computer software and other technology, consumer products, entertainment and media, fashion, financial services, and pharmaceuticals. Our lawyers are frequently called on to provide strategic advice on how best to protect, maintain and enhance valuable intellectual property assets — including building brands and businesses — on a worldwide basis.

Our lawyers represent corporations and individuals in all phases of litigation, from obtaining and defeating initial TROs and preliminary injunctions through final appeals to the Supreme Court of Saudi Arabia. We understand litigation and formulate a legal strategy with the client’s business interests in mind. When it comes to trial, our trademark lawyers actually try cases and win them. In addition to court litigation, we also have experience conducting trademark prosecutions as well as complicated inter partes matters before the Saudi Trademark Office (STO) and trademark-related investigation proceedings before the International Trade Commission (ITC).

We offer “soup to nuts” IP services for our clients, including all aspects of trademark clearance, prosecution, and enforcement. Thus, we manage entire trademark portfolios as well as clearance and prosecution projects, office action responses, inter partes proceedings, and trademark enforcement programs for numerous diverse companies.

Pioneers provides a one-stop-shop for all trademark, copyright, and false advertising needs and we manage these practices as an integrated whole.

Copyrights Litigation

Our lawyers have been engaged in some of the most important fair use cases of the last decade and are deeply involved in the questions of copyrightability and the scope of copyright protection in software. Our lawyers have a wealth of experience in handling high-profile matters involving copyright law and were centrally involved in myriad ground-breaking cases. Pioneers has a distinguished team of lawyers and legal advisors specializing in intellectual property who provide sophisticated and accurate consultations in these areas to local and international clients.

Thanks to the ambitious vision of our firm, many of our lawyers have a strong background in the fields of engineering, science, and modern technology, and some of them are more specialized in the fields of petrochemicals, biochemistry, biotechnology, electrical, mechanical, and medical devices, computer and smartphone applications. Most of them have (10) to (20) years or more of experience in law in addition to their other interests in various industrial fields which they use to serve and benefit clients, which gives us a tremendous leap ahead of other competitors with regards to integrated services in the domain of intellectual property.

Insurance Litigation

Pioneers has a record of trying — and winning — important insurance cases for its clients. On the policyholder side, we represent corporate insureds in disputes involving CGL, product liability, D&O, business interruption, and EPL policies. On the insurance industry side, we have successfully represented insurance companies and brokers in commercial litigation involving employment discrimination, labor incidents, contract, and antitrust disputes. By focusing our litigation practice on different substantive areas for policyholders than for insurers, we are able to represent clients of both types while bringing to bear our unique appreciation for the dynamics of the insurance industry.

Our insurance coverage practice is unique in its trial focus. We identify the most significant issues upfront and focus on developing the facts and law into a clear, persuasive narrative that a court or jury will not only understand but will also adopt. We have deep experience in disputes involving complex, historical insurance programs, transactional and corporate successorship issues, and underlying liabilities of all types.

Our combination of courtroom advocacy and substantive experience is second to none. We pursue our clients’ rights aggressively and develop efficient, creative approaches to litigation. Pioneers has achieved victories for our clients in insurance disputes at the trial and appellate level in state and federal courts throughout the country, in Saudi Arabia and international arbitrations, and in mediations and direct negotiations.

Patent Infringement Litigation

We are trial lawyers who try patent infringement cases before juries, judges, and arbitrators. We represent clients in end-to-end, strategic disputes with their keenest and most aggressive competitors, and our lawyers are often called upon to right the ship in high-stakes cases. We have extensive experience trying cases in venues across the country where patent infringement cases are most often litigated, including public, criminal, and commercial courts, the Court of Appeals, and the Saudi Authority For Intellectual Property (SAIP).

Knowledge Pioneers premier appellate attorneys brief and argue high-stakes cases in Saudi and GCC courts, protecting our clients’ IP interests at the appellate level.

Trial readiness is a cornerstone of all litigation disciplines practiced at Pioneers, and we believe that the best litigation results — whether achieved in court or across the bargaining table — occur where Pioneers and the client act on the assumption that the case will go to trial. We focus on trial strategy and themes from the beginning of a case. While most cases settle before trial, strong trial-based case development optimizes the chance of favorable settlements by yielding pre-trial victories and signaling to the adversary that our client is unafraid to try the case if necessary to protect its interests. Pioneers’es trail-oriented approach is possible due to our deep bench of experienced trial lawyers and our uncommon commitment to training our junior lawyers.

Construction Litigation

Throughout the years, the Engineering & Construction Litigation Practice Group has successfully litigated and arbitrated disputes involving some of the most high-profile construction projects in the world. These include claims of defective engineering for reservoirs, dams, and tunnels, gas pipelines, disputes over the safe design and construction of nuclear plants, and litigating the cause of sports stadiums and building collapses. We practice in civil, commercial, and criminal courts, and arbitration forums throughout the Kingdom, as well as in GCC, and the Middle East, including in international arbitration forums.

Employment Litigation

Our employment litigation and counseling lawyers have significant experience practicing before labor offices and labor courts and a variety of administrative agencies. We are skilled in handling complex employment litigation, including class actions and claims under various statutes such as labor courts and Amicable Settlement for Labor Disputes offices. We regularly counsel clients in connection with the ever-increasing number of statutes and regulations affecting the employment relationship.

We are experienced in actions to enforce non-competition agreements and trade secrets. We represent clients seeking to recover sensitive documents and prevent corporate raiding of staff and customers.

We also have extensive experience with litigation and related counseling at the board level and in the context of sensitive internal investigations.

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