Errors & Omissions
A major area in GRSLB&G’s professional liability practice is representation of insurance agents and brokers and their errors and omissions insurers. Our attorney’s vast experience of more than 50 years in the insurance industry results in effective analysis of the agency relationships between and among the parties and an aggressive defense plan seeking quick dismissals wherever possible. We have defended a broad array of claims asserted and have obtained successful dismissals by way of summary judgment motions, trials, and appeals.
Errors and omissions coverage is a specialized and limited type of coverage which is designed to insure members of a particular professional group from liability arising out of the special risk inherent in the practice of that profession. Our firm’s experience in representing insurance agents and brokers is vast and has enabled us to arrange an extensive network of consultants who can be drawn upon for advice, consulting, or to serve as expert witnesses if necessary. We can draw upon the resources and expertise of the entire firm in responding to issues concerning the broad spectrum of coverage including property, casualty, and all forms of third party liability policies. Our goal is always to satisfy our clients and we utilize all tools available toward that end.
Even the most careful, knowledgeable, and reputable attorney may experience a malpractice claim at some point during the course of his or her career. Our years of experience in representing attorneys and their professional liability insurers in such claims proves to be invaluable in these situations. Whether it is a pre-claim matter, or a suit pending in state or federal court, we have the skill to thoroughly analyze the liability and damages aspect of the claim and evaluate the best approach for resolving the dispute quickly and cost-effectively. We defend attorneys who are sued based on their representation of a client in litigation. These cases require not only a defense of the litigation strategy undertaken by the attorney, but also require a defense of the “case-within-a-case” to determine whether the lawyer’s client would have been successful in the underlying litigation had a different strategy been employed. We use our vast experience to assess and resolve these cases in the most cost-effective and efficient way possible.
Unfortunately, in today’s practice, lawyers must constantly be concerned about the potential for a malpractice claim. Not only are such claims personal to attorneys, but they can have significant repercussions on law firms, both financially and by way of reputation. Whether the underlying claim involves a personal injury suit, a business transaction, an employment issue, we have the requisite knowledge and experience to aggressively and effectively defend the claim.
Appreciating that our clients in these cases are sophisticated and knowledgeable, we welcome their input in not only devising a resolution plan that meets their goals, but in implementing it as well. Recognizing that some claims are frivolous, while others have merit, our clients respect the candor with which we evaluate and report on the claim. When appropriate, we focus on resolving cases early through motion practice, mediation, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. If the matter needs to be tried, we serve as zealous advocates for our clients in the courtroom, with the ability to simplify even the most complex cases, thereby enabling the jurors to understand them, and return the appropriate verdict.
Architectural & Engineering Malpractice
GRSLB&G has served as counselors and litigation counsel for architects, engineers, construction managers, and contractors performing a wide variety of professional design and construction management services. We represent design professionals in all phases of construction litigation and counsel in a variety of areas including contract negotiations, contract interpretation, claims avoidance, risk management litigation, arbitration, alternative dispute resolution and appeals.
Our attorneys act as supervisory and claims counsel to the insurers of these professionals. In this role, our involvement includes selecting experienced and competent local representatives, many of whom we have worked with in the past, managing nationwide defense and claims resolutions to ensure consistent and high quality defense; acting as a central, single source of information for clients; providing pre-claim and post-claim crisis management; reducing litigation expenses; and ensuring prompt, coordinated responses for all matters in suit. We are capable of defending every type of claim which can be brought against design professionals arising out of commercial, residential, industrial or civil construction projects including construction defects, building or structure failures, personal injuries, property damages, economic losses, delays, cost over-runs, and change orders, to name just a few.
The filing of a malpractice claim can be one of the most traumatic events in a medical provider’s life. The attorneys at GRSLB&G provide a broad spectrum of legal services in the defense of claims involving medical care and have more than thirty years of collective experience in the defense of malpractice cases. Our clients include members of virtually all specialties including chiropractors, psychologists, nurses and other medical providers. As a full-service law firm, GRSLB&G’s primary goal is to help prevent lawsuits from being filed in the first place, and if they begin, to obtain the swiftest and most favorable resolution possible. We are ready to assist health care professionals from the outset of a problem.