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Business Lawyer

Whether it's a mom-and-pop shop or a larger corporation, every business can greatly benefit from the assistance of an attorney.

Business lawyer Matthew J. Kovschak can provide legal guidance to help you achieve your business goals.

If you have a complex business law matter, you can count on the Sutton Law Firm's offices in Lakeland, St. Petersburg, and Bartow, FL.

Does Your Business Need Legal Assistance?

The Sutton Law Firm does not play checkers—we play chess. Most of our cases tend to be more complicated than the average run-of-the-mill case. If your business is based in Polk County or Pinellas County, we can help. Contact our law offices today to set up a consultation.

Work With a Lawyer You Can Count On Legal Counsel from Business Formation to Restructuring

Hiring a lawyer you can trust is crucial when it comes to the survival of your business. Matthew J. Kovschak brings more than three decades of business law knowledge to every case. Many of his clients become friends once their cases are resolved. The Sutton Law Firm is proud to welcome so many people from Lakeland, St. Petersburg, and Bartow, FL, into our extended family.

It's Our Business to Help Your Business Contact Sutton Law Firm Today

As a business person, you know that sometimes factors beyond your control can threaten your business' existence and your ability to provide for your family.

You put your blood, sweat, and tears into your business venture. It's our job to keep your business alive and well.

The business attorneys of the Sutton Law Firm can leverage our knowledge of the law to help you protect your business from hostile takeovers, financial issues, and more. Let us handle the legal details so you can do what you do best—run your business.

Use our online form to request a consultation at our Lakeland, St. Petersburg, or Bartow, FL, offices. You can also reach our law offices by phone.

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Attorneys Debra J. Sutton and Matthew J. Kovschak

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Sutton Law is the best. Thru out my career I have worked with many law firms. I know a good one when I see it. And Sutton Law is a good one. They are professional, sincere, and approachable.

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This firm has given me a new opinion on lawyers. Ms. Sutton and her team have helped me in ways hard to imagine. Number one lawyer in the continental US. Thank you

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Meet Matthew J. Kovschak Practicing Business Litigation since 1986

Matthew J. Kovschak has led our business litigation team since joining our law firm in 1993. Matthew is one of the most sought-after business lawyers in Lakeland, St. Petersburg, and Bartow for several reasons:

  • He has been part of many complex commercial litigation cases involving multiple parties.
  • He has a particularly strong background in bankruptcy law, as evidenced by his affiliation with the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association.
  • He is willing to represent his clients in any arena, whether it's mediation, arbitration, or court.
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Matthew J. Kovschak has been with Sutton Law Firm since 1993.

Why Choose Sutton Law Firm for your Business Litigation Needs?

We Get to Know Your Business

Many small business owners are reluctant to hire a lawyer because they don't believe that an attorney will take the time to really understand their business. At our firm with law offices in Lakeland, St. Petersburg, and Bartow, FL, our business lawyer takes the time to listen to clients and become familiar with their business strategies, needs, and goals. We hope that you come to see us as partners in your business and that you allow us to help you experience sustainable growth for years to come.

We Give You the Attention You Deserve

We believe it is important for our clients to have a single attorney who can be your consistent point-of-contact and who will take the lead on all your business litigation strategies. While other firms may let your account be handled by a committee of inexperienced associates, at the Sutton Law Firm, you will only ever work with a trusted business attorney who will know everything about your business and who will be invested in your success.

We Can Keep Your Business Dreams Alive

Our law firm has been retained by various entrepreneurs from the Tampa, Bartow, Lakeland, and St. Petersburg areas who feared their business days were over due to various legal issues. Matthew Kovschak used his vast knowledge of the law and work experience as a mediator to help these hardworking businessmen and women resolve their problems so they could engage in new, prosperous commercial ventures.

We at the Sutton Law Firm do not play checkers—we play chess.

Most of our cases tend to be more complicated than the average run-of-the-mill case.

Business Mediation Services: Not All Cases Go to Trial

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Not all business-related disputes require lawsuits and heavy litigation that can result in years in court and costly expenses.

Whether it's a breach of contract, a violation of intellectual property, or some other dispute, your attorney will consider different legal approaches, such as mediation, that can bring about resolutions more efficiently and amicably.

Why Mediation?

Mediation is a process in which both parties settle their differences outside of court. Business and contract disputes are worked out in a neutral setting with a disinterested third party facilitating the discussion. The goal is to achieve a mutually agreeable compromise without an emotionally and financially draining court battle.

The Sutton Law Firm will always consult you on seeking potential alternatives to a trial. We can weigh the pros and cons together and decide which options are right for you. Rest assured that your business lawyer will always let you make the ultimate call on how to proceed.

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The Sutton Law Firm is selective about the businesses we agree to represent. When you first meet with our lawyers for a consultation at one of our offices in Lakeland, St. Petersburg, or Bartow, we will agree to work with you only if we believe we can be of real benefit to you. We will also consider if we have the appropriate amount of resources to dedicate to your business.

Business Litigation From a Trusted Law Firm Request a Consultation Today

If your corporation or small business is in need of legal assistance, consider contacting the Sutton Law Firm. Lead attorneys Debra J. Sutton and Matthew J. Kovschak have practiced law in Florida for more than 30 years. During that time, they have helped numerous businesses navigate the highs and lows of pursuing the American dream.

No matter how complex your situation, we will apply the full force of our training and knowledge to your case, ensuring that your business remains in proper legal standing. To set up a meeting with our respected lawyers, contact us online or give us a call.

(863) 533-8912

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The Sutton Law Firm has three offices in Florida. Come meet with a lawyer in Lakeland, St. Petersburg, or Bartow, FL.

A Client Shares Her Story Why Hiring the Right Lawyer Matters

"When my husband and I had our first meeting with Sutton Law Firm it was like a breath of fresh air. We had been trying to get help with a judgment lawsuit we had been trying to collect on with no success, but we feel like we are on the road to getting this done.

Mr. Kovschak, our Attorney, listen to information re: our case he went above and beyond to explain to us about the lawsuit. We had been getting nowhere with this as stated above, but your office gave us confidence that this could be settled. Your office made a big difference in our lives."
Helen C.

Declaring Bankruptcy: Guiding You Through the Process

While the prospect of Chapter 11 or Chapter 7 bankruptcy is scary for many entrepreneurs, it may be the right option to help your investment survive. The Sutton Law firm can answer questions for business owners throughout Lakeland, St. Petersburg, and Bartow.

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Types of Bankruptcy for Businesses

If you're able to liquidate assets to pay back debt, Chapter 7 may be a quick and cost-effective way to keep your company alive. Chapter 11 may be more expensive but could be a better way to maintain regular business operations while still paying back debt.

Businesses can't file for Chapter 13, but small business owners may want to consider it for personal debts if those financial obligations interfere with the ability to effectively run a business.

Offering Invaluable Guidance

By consulting with a knowledgeable business lawyer like Matthew J. Kovschak, you can get the info you need to help your business weather the storm and come out the other side stronger.

I'm Dealing With a Breach of Contract — What's Going to Happen?

Contract violations are one of the most common reasons that business owners in Florida seek the aid of a lawyer. While no two disputes are the same, business owners can expect their case to proceed according to the following process:
Matthew J. Kovschak is a reputable mediator who has helped numerous businesses prosper through negotiation.
Matthew J. Kovschak is a reputable mediator who has helped numerous businesses prosper through negotiation.


When you first contact our attorneys after a business dispute, we will arrange an initial consultation during which we will learn about your case. 

Strategy Meeting

If you and Sutton Law Firm mutually agree to work together, we will hold a strategy meeting involving relevant leaders of the business, the dedicated business attorney, and the attorney's team. During this meeting, our lawyers will advise you on the approaches you could take to your contract dispute and which strategy they recommend.

Attempt at Mediation

For many reasons, resolving business disputes in out-of-court mediation is preferable to trial before a judge. All kinds of disputes can be resolved through mediation, including real estate disputes, employee grievances, and debt collection. Matthew J. Kovschak is a reputable mediator who has helped numerous businesses prosper through negotiation. Of course, sometimes the parties involved in a dispute are not willing to negotiate, in which case litigation is required.

Business Litigation

If a lawsuit is required to resolve the breach of contract, our attorneys can initiate all necessary legal action and aggressively represent your interests in court. When we go to court, we make sure to keep our clients in the loop about the approach we plan to take and why we are taking it. You can trust that we will dedicate our full attention to your case so your business remains equipped for future success.

Glowing Compliments From Satisfied Clients Business Owners Can Rely on Our Attorneys



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Sutton Law Firm is awesome. Matt Kovschak was professional and knowledgeable. He went above and beyond to help us receive the outcome we desired. If your in need of a great attorney, I would highly recommended Matt Kovschak at Sutton Law Firm.

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If you are looking for quality counsel, I would highly recommend the Sutton Law Firm. I had the opportunity to work with Debra Sutton on 3 separate occasions over the last year. Each time I found her to be very thorough, planning for contingencies, recommending best practices, and always keeping her client’s needs first. If you need services, consider calling Debra first. I think you will be impressed as well.

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Debra J. Sutton

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Debra J. Sutton is an attorney who is board-certified in both appellate practice and marital and family law by the Florida Bar. At the Sutton Law Firm, with offices in Bartow, Lakeland, and St. Petersburg, Ms. Sutton, Mr. Kovschak, and their team provide individualized, compassionate, and private legal services. Our popular practice areas include:

You can request a consultation with our board-certified attorney right now by filling out our online form or calling (863) 533-8912.

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