James C. Krieg represents individuals and businesses in commercial litigation, with a focus on defending lawyers in professional liability cases. Mr. Krieg has defended many AmLaw 200 and California law firms against professional liability claims. He is approved as defense counsel by many legal malpractice insurers. He has tried jury and non-jury cases in state and federal courts, and has arbitrated cases before single and multiple arbitrator panels. Mr. Krieg has defended hundreds of lawsuits against lawyers claiming professional errors and wrongdoing, including claims arising from patent disputes, securities fraud, aiding and abetting liability, transactional malpractice, errors of judgment in trial and litigation, breaches of fiduciary duties, errors in preparation of contracts, conflicts issues, trusts and estates, tax, and bankruptcy. He has also defended lender liability and products liability cases, and bad faith cases against carriers, including first- and third-party claims under directors and officers, professional liability, life, disability and other coverages.
Mr. Krieg has been retained by bankruptcy trustees and government entities and regulators to investigate and evaluate professional liability claims, and has been appointed the tiebreaking director for professional corporations in dissolution by the Superior Court.
Mr. Krieg is a 1976 cum laude graduate of Boston University College of Law and a graduate of Princeton University.
•Duane Morris LLP
- Partner, 2013-present
•Krieg, Keller, Sloan, Reilley & Roman LLP
- Partner, 1998-2013
•Bronson, Bronson & McKinnon LLP
- Partner, 1982-1998
- Associate, 1977-1982
Honors & Awards
•Listed in Best Lawyers in America for Professional Malpractice Law, 2010-2016
•Listed in Super Lawyers for business litigation, 2004-2015
•Listed in Best Lawyers in the Bay Area for commercial litigation, 2005-2007
•AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Selected Speaking Engagements
•Moderator, The Bad Consequences of an Investment Gone South, and How to Protect Yourself, American Bar Association's Fall 2014 National Legal Malpractice Conference, San Francisco, September 11, 2014
• Where Have All the Trials Gone? American Bar Association National Legal Malpractice Conference, September 2008
• Developments in the Law of Lawyering, American Bar Association Standing Committee on Lawyers' Professional Liability, National Legal Malpractice Conference, September 2004
• Ethical Dilemmas Facing Corporate Counsel-The Duty to Maintain Confidentiality, Bay Area General Counsel Group, September 1998
•Lecturer, Protecting Your Firm from Unwarranted Claims, Law Firm Profitability Institute and Cost Management Workshop, July 1997
•Lecturer, Understanding the Relationship Between Cost Accounting and Alternative Billing Arrangements, Best Practices in Law Firm Financial Management, July 1996
•Lecturer, Choosing the Best Form of Ownership for Your Firm-Pros and Cons of Partnerships, Professional Corporations and Limited Liability Entities, Law Firm Profitability Institute, June 1995
•Co-author, Five Ways to Invite (and Avoid) a Malpractice Lawsuit, The Recorder, August 1, 2013