K&L Gates lawyers have successfully defended a wide variety of claims asserted against professionals such as lawyers, accountants, architects, engineers, and others. Firm clients range from some of the largest, most prestigious international firms to regional and smaller firms as well as individuals.
We regularly represent lawyers in state and federal courts in actions for malpractice, breach of fiduciary duty, and, somewhat less frequently, fraud or malicious prosecution claims. Additionally, K&L Gates represents lawyers before agencies such as the Securities and Exchange Commission and before state and local grievance and disciplinary committees.
Our lawyers serve on various bar association ethics committees and occasionally act as expert witnesses in legal malpractice cases. The firm also handles disputes among lawyers arising out of law firm breakups, and our professionals are familiar with the claims of breach of fiduciary duty, improper client solicitation, and other alleged ethical violations that typically arise in these situations.
Recognizing that our law firm clients are themselves often sophisticated in the subject matter of a particular claim, or in litigation generally, we work closely with them to keep them involved in ongoing tactical and strategic decision-making. K&L Gates also works closely with its clients to pursue insurance coverage and respond to appropriate requirements by their insurers, who may be paying defense costs.