Attorney Liability

Arnold & Porter's Attorney Liability group defends law firms and lawyers in high-stakes litigation, both at trial and on appeal. We have represented AmLaw 100 firms throughout the United States, and more than half of California's 50 largest firms. Unlike other firms that handle a few malpractice cases now and then, our group is devoted to this practice, and our partners collectively have more than 40 years of experience in the field. That experience allows us to jump in and analyze claims quickly without reinventing the wheel. We bring a unique perspective to the defense of claims because we also have acted as outside ethics counsel to nearly 100 law firms. That experience gives us unparalleled insight into law firm cultures and the nuances of the many laws and regulations governing lawyers. Our appellate specialist helps us anticipate and plan for appellate issues while at the trial stage.

We defend legal malpractice claims and actions filed by third parties, such as bankruptcy trustees, disappointed investors, and opposing parties who sue law firms for malicious prosecution. We are national leaders in handling bankruptcy-related actions against law firms. Many firms also turn to us to handle sensitive disqualification, sanctions, and attorneys fees motions.

In our counseling practice, we strive for practical and sensible solutions. We advise firms on various ethical issues, partnership law, lateral hiring, partner departures, employment claims (including WARN Act litigation), law firm mergers, and dissolutions. On the risk-management side, we assist firms in formulating and implementing risk management practices, and we help firms manage claims before they are filed. Finally, we assist law firms in defending certain State Bar matters.

We have represented AmLaw 100 firms throughout the United States, and more than half of California’s 50 largest firms.
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