Our professional liability group is thoroughly familiar with the professional liability and business aspects of the practice of law. In recent years, we have represented several large law firms as well as numerous smaller firms and individuals in connection with professional liability claims arising out of securities transactions, real estate transactions, litigation on a vast array of subjects, partnership agreements and disputes, contracts, tax plans, and intellectual property-related claims. By virtue of these engagements, we have extensive experience in addressing, arguing and resolving the complex privilege issues that arise when an attorney is involved in litigation, either as a party or as a witness.
We also have extensive experience representing law firms and lawyers in other types disputes, including disagreements with clients and third parties who are responsible for payment of attorneys’ fees, ranging from simple collection suits to bad faith actions against insurers. We have represented lawyers and law firms in break-ups, dissolutions, and internal disputes, including issues arising from the structure of the law practice as a proprietorship, partnership, limited liability partnership, or professional corporation. This type of representation often occurs when individuals or groups of lawyers move from one firm to a competing firm, implicating complicated legal and ethical issues. These engagements frequently include ancillary business matters such as landlord-tenant issues, issues with commercial lenders, and investments in ventures that go beyond the practice of law. We have also represented lawyers in situations where professional discipline was a concern.
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