Professional Liability Defense

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Irell & Manella has a long track record of successfully defending law firms and attorneys sued for legal malpractice and breaches of ethical or professional duties.  We have achieved victories for major national law firms in the trial and appellate courts.  We have also successfully negotiated confidential settlements before any lawsuit is filed.

Our representations have made significant contributions to the development of the law, including the first published California appellate decision holding that a malpractice claim against a law firm must be dismissed where, to successfully defend against the claim, the law firm would reveal privileged information.  In another case, one that went to the U.S. Supreme Court, we successfully defended a major law firm in a lawsuit alleging that the firm was responsible for the unlawful conduct of its client.  We won summary judgment and the appeal for a leading international law firm where plaintiffs claimed that alleged professional negligence resulted in $20 million in damages.

We take pride in the fact that we have discretely represented some of the finest and most respected lawyers and law firms that have faced claims for professional negligence.  Our firm understands the sensitivity of such claims.  Over the years, we have become adept at aggressively litigating and/or settling such claims as may be appropriate under the circumstances.