Our lawyers defend other lawyers against legal malpractice claims, in disciplinary proceedings where licenses are in jeopardy, and against all kinds of other claims which are often asserted by people who weren’t even the lawyers’ clients. We have defended attorneys who practice in all areas of the law, including personal injury, commercial litigation, mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance, debt collection, estate planning, bankruptcy, real estate, criminal law, and matrimonial law, to name just a few. Our team draws on decades of collective experience spanning hundreds of cases, some involving financial exposure in the tens of millions of dollars.
Our litigators have defended claims including but not limited to:
- Attorney grievance and disciplinary matters
- Breach of fiduciary duty
- Breach of contract
- Negligent and intentional infliction of emotional distress
- Negligent and intentional misrepresentation
- Vexatious litigation
- Violations of the Fair Debt Practices Act
- Violations of unfair trade practices
Goldberg Segalla attorneys are routinely hired by many legal malpractice insurers to defend their insured lawyers, and we are also often hired directly by other members of the bar. The legal malpractice attorneys in Goldberg Segalla’s Management and Professional Liability Practice Group understand the special concerns and issues involved in the defense of attorneys and law firms. Crucially, we understand the importance of reputation for lawyers and law firms, and we also understand how valuable the input of our attorney clients and their insurers can be in the development and refinement of our litigation strategy. We view our representation of lawyers, in particular, as a team approach. Our attorney clients have often lived with the underlying matters for quite a while, understand the nuances of their practice areas and clients, and frequently offer valuable input to their defense. We always seek the best outcome for our attorney clients, and we recognize that can be defined in several different ways. We aren’t afraid to go to trial, but we also understand that an early, and confidential, resolution is sometimes the ideal outcome.
Goldberg Segalla’s team comprises lawyers recognized nationally as practicing at the forefront of this specialized area of the law. Many of the legal malpractice cases we have defended have been the subject of articles in the New Jersey Law Journal, The Legal Intelligencer, and Law360, to name a few. Decisions we have secured on behalf of lawyers have made or contributed to the law governing lawyers in multiple jurisdictions.
Our attorneys also frequently lecture to other lawyers and members of the insurance industry on these topics, and are involved in several national organizations where they stay abreast of legal developments that affect the defense of lawyers, including the American Bar Association (ABA), Defense Research Institute (DRI), International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), and Professional Liability Defense Federation (PLDF).
Goldberg Segalla attorneys know how to navigate the often confusing procedures of attorney-grievance and disciplinary matters. In such matters, where the stakes are high and the process is unfamiliar, we have the experience to guide attorney clients through the proceedings while highlighting and relying on the practitioner’s own expertise to respond to grievances and educate the complainants and evaluators. We understand the importance of discretion paired with zealous advocacy to preserve an attorney’s reputation and achieve the best possible results.
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