Professional Liability

Our Professional Liability Practice Group has successfully represented attorneys, architects, engineers, brokers, surveyors, and other professionals in malpractice and disciplinary hearings across New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Our experience includes hundreds of successful mediations, trials and appeals, and hearings before the various governing bodies.

Design Professionals

The firm has been serving the design profession for approximately two decades. Our lawyers are recognized leaders in counseling architects, engineers, and surveyors and defending professional liability claims against them. Our practice includes:

  • Contract drafting, review, and negotiation 
  • Risk assessment and management, including pre-claim avoidance and mitigation 
  • Dispute resolution, including negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and litigation 
  • Defense of professional malpractice and breach of contract claims 
  • Fee pursuit

The spectrum of our experience runs from the defense of design professionals against claims involving catastrophic structural and geotechnical failures to mitigating risk for purported changed site conditions. Regardless of the issue, rest assured that we understand it and have likely dealt with it before and will thus chart the most cost-effective resolution.

We endeavor to meet our clients’ expectations of expedient and cost-effective solutions to complex and otherwise protracted matters through early evaluation and reporting and, if necessary, the implementation of expedited resolution strategies, including dispositive motion practice. Industry-wide recognition of our team and our deep knowledge contributes toward these results.

Lawyers and Law Firm Defense

O’Toole Scrivo attorneys have successfully defended lawsuits against attorneys and law firms ranging from sole practitioners to AmLaw 100 law firms. The defense of attorneys involves understanding the underlying matters at the center of a legal malpractice claim. These include business transactions, matrimonial litigation, real estate, public and private employment, healthcare, criminal, and other complex matters. O’Toole Scrivo draws on its broad experience to analyze the underlying actions and defend legal malpractice claims. Our attorneys have experience handling legal malpractice claims in the “case within a case” format as well as those arising from transactions or the alleged mishandling of settlements.

We focus on the early resolution of legal malpractice claims through dispositive motions or alternate dispute resolution, required by law in many jurisdictions. If pre-trial resolution cannot be achieved because of an unreasonable plaintiff or a complex liability issue, our attorneys have the resources and experience to try any case to verdict. If an appeal is taken, O’Toole Scrivo’s attorneys have successfully handled legal malpractice matters before the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

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