Professional Liability

Baker Botts regularly defends professional service firms, including law firms, large accounting firms, and consulting firms, against professional liability claims. In addition to traditional malpractice, professional negligence, and breach of duty claims filed by clients, these firms are regularly targeted by non-clients who assert fraud, securities, and other claims. Our professional liability lawyers are adept at defending professional services providers in individual and class actions suits in state and federal courts across the country, as well as in a variety of arbitration forums, administrative proceedings, and regulatory settings.

Law Firms:

We frequently represent other lawyers and law firms in the defense of all types of claims arising from a myriad of engagements. These claims may be brought by clients, parties claiming to be clients, or third parties. Our professional liability lawyers are proud to earn the trust of other lawyers in cases challenging their work.

Because we are a full-service law firm, our professional liability lawyers often work with our colleagues in other departments, including intellectual property, corporate, tax, and real estate lawyers, to ensure a breadth and depth of experience in defending the underlying work at issue in legal malpractice cases. Law firms also turn to us when they need outside counsel for other types of disputes, including defending against disqualification attempts, employment matters, and internal disputes.

Accounting Firms:

We pride ourselves in understanding the complex nature of the accounting profession and the unique regulatory and litigation challenges accounting firms face. We are a leading national firm in the defense of accountants’ liability claims. Our professional liability lawyers regularly represent the largest accounting firms and their professionals in disputes related to audit services, tax compliance, and consulting work. Our lawyers also advise accountants and accounting firms in administrative proceedings and investigations initiated by state and federal regulators. We have routinely represented accountants and accounting firms in connection with inquiries and enforcement matters conducted by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Consulting and Other Professional Firms:

Our professional liability lawyers also defend large business consulting firms and other professional firms against malpractice and other professional liability cases. These claims often stem from work performed by these firms for their clients, but they can also be brought by non-clients, including beneficiaries of trusts.