Since the firm was founded in 1988, our attorneys have been known as “lawyers’ lawyers.” Most of the partners in the practice group have over 25 years of experience in defending lawyers against legal malpractice claims. We have tried legal malpractice cases to verdict, and in other cases, have negotiated favorable, entirely confidential settlements after commencing trial. Our trial experience results in more efficient and focused discovery and trial preparation efforts. Our familiarity with the substantive law of legal malpractice, and the defenses available to those claims, also has resulted in a very successful record with respect to dispositive motions.
The firm’s lawyers also provide ethical and risk management advice to lawyers and other law firms with respect to ongoing client matters and claims not yet in suit. In many cases, our advice has meant that an ethical issue is resolved in a way that is satisfactory to both lawyer and client, putting the matter to rest. In other situations, our advice has helped to ensure that the lawyer is best-positioned to defend against a subsequent malpractice claim or disciplinary complaint. Our perspective on ethical and disciplinary issues is enhanced by our lawyers’ service with the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers, both as members of the Board and as hearing officers on disciplinary and reinstatement matters. Our lawyers also write and speak regularly about ethics and legal malpractice defense.
Recent representative litigation matters include the following.
Our lawyers also have advised managing partners of small and medium-sized firms on risk management and law practice management issues, including issues of transition and succession planning, obtaining appropriate malpractice coverage, and the drafting and promulgation of firm policies and procedures.