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Professional Malpractice and Ethics

Clients hire professionals with a certain level of confidence in their abilities and credentials and an expectation of professionalism. When results do not match client expectations – regardless of the circumstances – the response can be to blame the professional and sue.

Included within the skill set of our Professional Malpractice & Ethics Practice Area is the defense of claims brought against directors, officers, and other professionals for alleged breaches of the standard of care and breach of fiduciary duties owed. Our experience ranges from defending claims of liability, disputes over credentialing, and professionals in disciplinary matters.

It is our job to protect and defend the professional clients and fiduciaries we serve, helping them manage the risks inherent to their practice and both advising and representing them if the need arises. We serve a wide variety of clients, in all areas including legal, accounting, and design professionals. From publicly held firms to small partnerships and sole proprietorships, we have the specialized experience and expertise to help our clients avoid, manage, and survive litigation.

ATTORNEYS – HBS regularly defends attorneys against claims arising from all manner of underlying actions, including personal injury litigation, divorce and child custody dispute matters, real estate transactions, bankruptcy, business and commercial transactions, and trust and estate matters. We also defend attorneys in claims alleging civil rights violations, as well as bar disciplinary matters.

ACCOUNTANTS – We regularly defend accountants against claims arising from audits, tax engagements, claims of breach of fiduciary duty, and fraud as well as alleged RICO and securities’ violations.

ARCHITECTS & ENGINEERS – We regularly defend design professionals when disputes arise during or after the completion of a project. Whether these are claims for design defects or construction failures, HBS vigorously defends architects and engineers at all phases of project completion.

DIRECTORS & OFFICERS – We defend directors and officers from claims alleging breach of care and breach of fiduciary duty as well as claims arising under state and federal securities laws, derivative litigation, regulatory investigations, disclosure litigation, and errors and omissions claims.

ADDITIONAL PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY  – Over the years, our lawyers have successfully defended insurance agents and brokers, real estate agents and brokers, real estate appraisers, title agents, marketing consultants, IT consultants, and all manner of professionals against errors and omissions claims as well as in credentialing disputes with licensing boards.