Headed by Allen Michel, a Certified Legal Malpractice Specialist, the lawyers in our Professional Liability group have decades of experience successfully defending lawyers and law firms, as well as accountants and real estate licensees, accused of malpractice and breaches of fiduciary duty. Also working in this field of practice is attorney Won Park.
In addition to defending and prosecuting legal malpractice cases, we regularly handle fee disputes, anti-SLAPP cases, and malicious prosecution and similar matters. Examples of the wide range of cases our attorneys have handled include:
- Jury trial involving the mishandling of a client's music royalties by a prominent law firm.
- Defending a leading law firm against malpractice claims and upholding firm's billing.
- Arbitration proceedings brought against a law firm with claims exceeding a billion dollars.
- Litigation against an accounting firm over mismanagement of royalties.
We frequently represent attorneys in State Bar disciplinary cases, from initial inquiry through trial and appeal.
We help lawyers address the insurance issues associated with professional liability claims, and provide risk management services to firms seeking to assure brokers and insurers that their internal controls and processes are consistent with best practices. Our lawyers also use their expertise to advise clients who are considering whether to change counsel during litigation; clients often need an independent perspective as they assess possible attorney liability and analyze the strategic, tactical, and potentially case-determinative considerations when prior counsel had not been satisfactory or had possibly erred.
Lawyers in the group provide expert consultation to other counsel handling legal malpractice and fee dispute cases, and are often designated to testify as expert witnesses in such matters.