Payne & Fears LLP offers a full range of business and litigation services to its clients in four primary practice groups: Business Litigation, Business Transactions, Insurance Coverage and Labor and Employment. Across these practice areas, we represent all types of clients, from multi-national corporations to emerging tech startups to individual insurance policyholders.

Practice Departments


Insurance Coverage


  • I hire Payne & Fears LLP because of certainty--certainty in my receipt of value, in its strategic approach to problem solving, in its integrity of billing, in its candor when evaluating my cases, in its creativity while searching for an economical and fair resolution and in its attorneys’ tenacity throughout the ensuing battle. In a world of unknowns, I value constancy in characteristics that matter most. Payne & Fears LLP delivers that constancy.

    - Chief Litigation Officer, Fortune 500 Company
  • Payne & Fears LLP has represented me and my company for many years. It is an excellent law firm with the highest standards. I have worked with hundreds of attorneys in my career. I get results with Payne & Fears LLP.

    - Small Business Owner
  • The attorneys at Payne & Fears have the unique ability to size up complex matters and provide well-reasoned solutions. Their knowledge of the law and depth of experience, coupled with the responsive and personal service they provide, all contribute to a strong and valued relationship with our organization.

    - Vice-President of Labor, Publically Traded Silicon Valley Technology Company
  • Your support at Payne and Fears is top rate and it is such a pleasure to work with someone who understands business and offers a conservative, yet aggressive approach – not very easy but something that you seem to demonstrate well!  You are always my first choice of outside counsel.

    - Senior Vice President, Human Resources, International Consumer Goods Company



Payne & Fears LLP Obtains $1.7 Million Award in Bench Trial

On December 16, 2014, following a week-long bench trial in September, Payne & Fears LLP obtained judgment in an action where it successfully defeated a $2.25 million equitable mortgage claim and obtained a $1.7 million award in favor of their client who was an intervening plaintiff. Thomas L. Vincent and Scott O. Luskin from Payne & Fears secured the trial victory and judgment.

Practice areas: Business Litigation

Attorneys: Scott O. Luskin, Thomas L. Vincent


Convinced an Insurance Carrier to Provide Our Client with Independent Counsel in an Employment and Business Dispute, Resulting in Securing Reimbursement for Over $1 Million in Defense Costs

Convinced an insurance carrier to provide our client, a large public-works contractor, with independent counsel in an employment and business dispute involving a former company executive. This settlement had the effect of securing reimbursement for over $1 Million dollars in defense costs that our client had previously spent defending the matter through the defense counsel of its choosing.

Practice areas: Insurance Coverage

Attorneys: J. Kelby Van Patten, Jared De Jong, Scott S. Thomas