Professional Liability Defense

Sedgwick has an international reputation for prominence in professional liability law. For more than two decades, Sedgwick attorneys have investigated, negotiated, counseled and defended claims asserted against professional organizations and individuals. Our professional liability defense team has unsurpassed expertise in defending various 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. 

The lawyers in our professional liability practice represent insureds ranging from sole practitioners to national firms. Sedgwick’s network of U.S. offices allows us to serve clients as regional and national counsel while providing consistent work product and well-coordinated representation. 

Attorney Malpractice

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. 

Accountant Liability

Sedgwick has represented accountants in matters concerning 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 that 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 various 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. 

Design Professionals

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. 

Physicians and Medical Professionals 

Sedgwick attorneys have defended hospitals, physicians, nurses and other health care professionals in various health care malpractice actions for more than 20 years. Our experience is both broad and deep, involving virtually every medical specialty and claims of damages up to eight figures. Our team regularly presents seminars for continuing medical education on current areas of interest to the health care industry. 

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