Sedgwick has an international reputation for prominence in professional liability law. For over two decades, Sedgwick attorneys have been investigating, negotiating, counseling and defending claims asserted against professional organizations and individuals.
Our professional liability defense team has unsurpassed expertise in defending a wide variety of professionals in malpractice actions filed throughout the United States, including claims involving the legal and accounting industries, design professional/architects and engineers, real estate agents/brokers, insurance agents/brokers, certified financial planners, investment advisors, registered representatives, security broker-dealers, and medical/healthcare providers.
Sedgwick’s professional liability defense practice is part of the firm’s Insurance Industry Team, a firmwide multidisciplinary collective of practice groups serving all facets of the insurance industry. Our clients cover the spectrum of the insurance industry and include some of the largest E&O and professional liability insurers in the business.
The lawyers in our professional liability practice represent insureds ranging from sole practitioners to national firms. Sedgwick’s network of offices throughout the United States allows us to serve clients as regional and national counsel while providing consistent work product and well-coordinated representation.
We have handled hundreds of cases involving virtually every substantive legal practice, including alleged errors in connection with securities law, transactional work, tax advice, family law, trusts and estates, and litigation-related errors. We have handled attorney malpractice claims involving allegations of RICO violations, conspiracies between attorneys and their clients, breach of fiduciary duty and fraud. Our attorneys also put on programs for local bar associations, third-party administrators, and national and international insurers on loss avoidance and claims handling.
Sedgwick’s representation of accountants has dealt with allegations of RICO violations, securities fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, failure to detect embezzlements and defalcations, and tax advice. We have also represented accountants in connection with alleged errors in the provision of consulting services, an area which will likely see substantial growth as accounting firms continue to branch out from the audit and tax-related services they have traditionally provided.
Investment Advisers and Securities Broker Dealers
Our attorneys regularly represent securities broker dealers, both in NASD arbitration proceedings as well as in the courts. Our representations have ranged from multimillion-dollar claims of securities fraud involving pyramid schemes and selling-away violations to more garden variety claims of churning and unsuitability.
Insurance Agents and Brokers
We regularly analyze professional liability claims and defend actions against insurance agents, underwriters and brokers. Our attorneys investigate and make coverage recommendations on hundreds of liability claims for a variety of insurance industry clients.
Real Estate Brokers, Agents and Inspectors
Sedgwick represents real estate professionals in a wide variety of claims, including failure to detect and disclose misrepresentation and fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and faulty preparation of sales documents. We have handled cases involving misrepresentations regarding zoning, underground gas tank issues, and failure to disclose defects in various structures. We provide seminars on recent decisions affecting real estate agent and broker liability, as well as loss prevention techniques.
Sedgwick has established a long and successful record of protecting the interests of design professionals in construction matters. We have assembled a team of attorneys and legal assistants who have substantial experience in the complexities of construction law and litigation. Many also have a professional background in the fields of construction and engineering. Our professionals stay abreast of developments within the industry by actively participating in trade associations such as the American Institute of Architects, the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, and the Civil Engineering Honor Society.