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For many years the firm has defended professionals in claims of negligence, breach of fiduciary duty and fraud.  We regularly represent large law firms in defending claims for legal malpractice and malicious prosecution and have an unparalleled level of success in so doing.  We also regularly represent real estate brokers sued for negligence and fraud; on occasion we also represent other professionals, including accountants, architects and engineers.

Representative Matters

  • Prevailed at trial in a fraud claim brought against our client, a real estate broker, which was accused of failing to disclose a threat that the subject property might be condemned by a redevelopment agency. Other successful defenses, at trial, of brokers accused of failing to investigate and disclose various defects in property.
  • At trial, obtained defense verdict for major law firm on malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty claims arising out of underlying dispute in joint ownership of substantial industrial buildings.
  • At trial, obtained defense judgment for major law firm faced with claim that firm had improperly paid several million dollars in client trust funds to an unauthorized recipient.
  • Prevailed at trial in legal malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty action against our client, a large law firm, which was accused of failing to competently try the underlying business trial.
  • Prevailed at trial in a legal malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty action against our client, a large law firm, which was accused of expropriating client’s intellectual property and business plans.
  • Defended two well-known Southern California law firms against charges of malicious prosecution, obtaining dismissal of action based on successful SLAPPback motion and successfully defended the judgment on appeal, resulting in opinion confirming that the clients had probable cause to bring the underlying action.
  • Robust practice in defense of lawyers in professional liability claims, particularly those with an intellectual property component. Successful outcomes in jury trials, and arbitrations.
  • Prevailed on summary judgment in a legal malpractice, breach of fiduciary duty, and breach of contract lawsuit filed against large California law firm.  Successfully defeated Plaintiffs’ motion for reconsideration of summary judgment order, and had judgment affirmed on appeal to the California Court of Appeal. Obtained a post-judgment award of costs in trial court action and costs incurred on appeal.
  • Represented large law firm in suit alleging legal malpractice and related claims. Plaintiff clothing manufacturer alleged that law firm’s negligence in handling a lawsuit brought by its fabric suppliers led to a disastrous result which ultimately put the company out of business.  Was part of team that obtained defense verdict in arbitration that included the recovery of attorney’s fees.