Professional Liability

In addition to their financial consequences, professional liability claims can weaken the trust between businesses and their professional services providers, and between insureds and their insurers. When disputes between these parties arise, clients need experienced counsel that understands the differences between negotiation and litigation, and when and how to deploy these strategies most effectively.

Our lawyers represent insurers of all sizes regularly developing and implementing defense strategies that protect a professional reputation while achieving desired results. In certain cases, negotiated settlements can help reduce dispute-resolution costs, ensure confidentiality and minimize other negative consequences associated with protracted, public trials. Our insurance clients call on us to assist in a variety of sensitive issues, including determining whether a claim is covered under the policy, analyzing whether other types of insurance may be implicated, and evaluating the merits of the underlying claim. In addition to serving as primary outside counsel, we frequently work with in-house and other defense counsel in formulating negotiation strategies for resolving claims.

When disputes cannot or should not be resolved through negotiated settlements, our lawyers have extensive experience litigating insurance coverage issues under professional liability policies. We routinely advise clients with respect to policy rescission matters, allocation issues, challenging whether claims involve professional services, and filing appeals or pursuing other options where a client or insured already has suffered an adverse ruling at trial.

Representative Experience

  • Acted as special counsel to provide an independent assessment of the merits of underlying claims.
  • Represented insurance carriers facing concurrent threats of bad faith from insureds and inflated settlement demands from claimants or collusive consent judgments.
  • Represented insurers in litigation to enforce the terms of the policy or seek rescission where the insured failed to provide accurate information in the application process.
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Rankings & Recognition

  • Chambers USA - Insurance: Dispute Resolution: Insurer – Nationwide (2007-2016)
  • Chambers USA - Insurance: Insurer – District of Columbia (2005-2016)
  • Chambers USA - Insurance: Dispute Resolution – Illinois (2008-2016)
  • Chambers USA - Insurance: Insurer – California (2007-2016)
  • U.S. News & World Report - Best Law Firms: Insurance Law – National (2010-2016)
  • U.S. News & World Report - Best Law Firms: Insurance Law – Metropolitan Washington, DC (2010-2016)
  • U.S. News & World Report - Best Law Firms: Insurance Law – Metropolitan Richmond (2010-2016)
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