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Professional Liability Litigation

Client and Industry Challenges

Malpractice claims can threaten the reputation, finances and careers of even the most cautious and esteemed professionals. Individuals and businesses susceptible to professional liability claims need experienced counsel who can inform them of impending professional liability legislation, advise them on avoiding suits, and provide rigorous defense when litigation is imminent.

Snell & Wilmer’s professional liability litigation attorneys provide counseling, representation and advocacy services to a wide range of professionals in areas including attorney professional responsibility and legal malpractice and negligence; accountant liability; liability of business and financial planners and consultants; real estate agent and broker liability; and liability matters related to architects and engineers.

Working closely with clients, our attorneys analyze and evaluate risks and prospective outcomes of litigation, develop thorough strategies, and work to resolve matters quickly and to secure the best possible outcome. Striving to avoid problems before they arise, our attorneys also counsel clients regularly on compliance and professional standards, pre-litigation risk assessment, regulatory issues and internal policies to minimize any potential liability.

Clients We Serve

Snell & Wilmer is frequently called upon to represent the country's most prominent attorneys, accountants and real estate professionals, as well as their companies. Our firm has represented some of the most prestigious firms in the country, and we have a strong relationship with several of the largest providers of attorney liability insurance.

Why Clients Select Us

Comprehensive and Dynamic Service: By drawing upon the depth and breadth of various practice areas throughout the firm, members of the professional liability litigation team collaborate with other Snell & Wilmer attorneys to respond to the particular needs of professionals facing potential liability risks and concerns. This multidisciplinary team consists of litigators seasoned by decades of courtroom experience in complex accounting and auditing claims, legal malpractice, federal securities, class actions, white-collar litigation, tax litigation and appellate advocacy.

Invested and Involved: Our lawyers' extensive knowledge and substantive backgrounds enable us to provide our clients with the benefit of counsel who understand their specific businesses and who can quickly provide practical solutions to their professional liability issues. Our attorneys have also participated in a variety of state and national activities and organizations, which have helped promote the growth and enhancement of professional competence and risk avoidance.

Experience

Snell & Wilmer has a long history of counseling professionals and their firms on the legal issues unique to their business endeavors. Our experience, creativity, and strategic thinking enable us to assess each case efficiently and effectively, and to execute the best litigation strategy.

Over the past 20 years, our attorneys have defended Attorneys' Liability Assurance Society (ALAS) insured firms throughout the country in various state and federal courts in matters ranging from the routine to the very complex. In one of our most recent legal representations, our firm defended a national law firm in a $100 million malpractice action involving venture capital. We also recently defended another national law firm on an $80 million claim involving securities malpractice, and summary judgment in favor of another national law firm in a $100 million malpractice action involving venture capital.

We have also represented accountants and real estate professionals in a wide variety of matters. We recently represented a Big Four accounting firm in a $50 million malpractice arbitration brought by a receiver, and represented a Big Four accounting firm in a substantial malpractice arbitration in which the plaintiff eventually chose to abandon its claim.