Professional Liability Defense Group

Dorf Nelson & Zauderer's Professional Liability litigators are highly respected for their skill, sophistication, and courtroom savvy. Our team focuses on defending accountants, lawyers, insurance brokers, real estate brokers, municipalities, architects, and engineers against a wide range of claims in state and federal court.

Dorf Nelson & Zauderer’s professional liability attorneys understand and appreciate that professional liability claims, whether directed at an individual, corporation, or partnership, are unsettling because, in addition to the possible economic burden, they can also pose a direct threat to a client’s reputation, brand, or licensure. We have an exceptionally detailed understanding of the accounting, legal, and construction industries, including industry-specific principles, terminology, and operational norms. Our deep industry knowledge means that we can immediately and efficiently evaluate the client’s situation and related evidence to assess liability claims, placing us in a position to defend and resolve pending or threatened professional malpractice claims against our clients. As dictated by a client’s needs, we work with other practice areas within the Firm. These resources assist with the growing number of challenges that arise in various facets of a case, including cyber risk, privacy rights, employment law, government affairs, unfair competition, and commercial and transactional services.

Additionally, our professional liability attorneys have spoken and written extensively on defense and coverage issues for a variety of organizations including the American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, New York City Bar Association, and the New York Law Journal.

The Professional Liability Defense Group handles a wide array of matters, including:

• Claims against lawyers for malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty
• Claims by former clients that a lawyer violated the Rules of Professional Conduct or     other ethical dictates governing the conduct of lawyers
• Claims of malpractice against accounting firms
• Drafting thousands of coverage opinions for major professional liability insurers
• Declaratory judgment actions, which have created much of the existing coverage       law in the State of New York