Professional Liability

Overview Attorneys

Professional liability claims can be an enormous distraction and destructive to a professional’s reputation and future earnings.

WSHB’s Professional Liability Group understands the nuances of professional liability and develops the strongest defense in these complex cases. To secure optimal results, we integrate a unique blend of strategy and client collaboration to address the myriad issues that arise in professional malpractice claims.

With experience in all aspects of professional liability defense, we understand sensitive confidentiality issues and a claim’s potential impact on a professional’s ongoing practice. Whether retained by the professional directly or by an insurance carrier, we handle litigation on behalf of commercial, corporate, nonprofit, and individual clients regarding almost any professional liability issue, including:

  • Unfair competition
  • Contractual claims
  • Partnership matters
  • Claims of malfeasance and breach of duty


We represent sole practitioners and law firms of all sizes in cases involving varied underlying actions and transactions. Our extensive knowledge of the legal profession enables us to astutely handle sensitive issues of client confidentiality and reputation.

Architects and Engineers

In addition to architects and engineers, we also represent developers, general contractors, and design professionals. Our experience includes claims arising out of alleged errors and omissions related to the provision of professional services, negligence, and misrepresentation.

Real Estate Brokers and Agents

We represent local and national real estate brokers and agents in residential and commercial matters. Our clients include many of the country’s largest and preeminent land developers, owners, and commercial contractors.

Insurance Brokers and Agents

We represent insurance brokers and agents in actions involving errors and omissions allegations. We have expertise in the immense variety of insurance coverage contracts and in defending bad faith claims against brokers and agents.

Directors and Officers

We have experience and expertise in defending claims against corporate directors and officers. We also defend corporate clients in class-action claims.

Computer and Media Professionals

We represent individual and institutional computer and media professionals in contractual and licensing disputes and in litigation arising from entertainment ventures. We specialize in representing entertainment clients in suits involving professional malpractice, intellectual property rights and tort liability.

Representative Matter for Professional Liability

A former client sued his attorney, our client, after an adverse verdict during a federal trademark trial.  After filing two challenges to state court jurisdiction, the plaintiff voluntarily dismissed the case and refiled in federal court, after the statute of limitations had expired.  We then filed a motion to dismiss in federal court based upon a recently decided U.S. Supreme Court decision confirming that the federal courts do not have subject matter jurisdiction over legal malpractice cases simply because the underlying suit involved federal patent or trademark issues.  The federal court agreed and dismissed the case.  Since plaintiff voluntarily dismissed the case in state court after the expiration of the statute of limitations, his case was time barred.


“Call Me, Maybe: Update Regarding Liability for Debt Collection Phone Calls Under FDCPA,” Professional Liability Advocate, February 17, 2015.

“A Check in the Win Column for Broker-Dealers,” Professional Liability Advocate, September 16, 2014.

When Good Deeds Go Punished: The Risks Practitioners Face When Assisting Patients in Litigation June 25, 2018

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Events & Seminars

“Miscellaneous Professional Liability – Insuring the New and Unknown,” 11th Annual E&O Liability Execusummit, Uncasville, CT, June 20, 2017.

Miscellaneous Professional Liability: Insuring the New and Unknown; WSHB Partner Michelle Arbitrio Leads a CLM Webinar

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