Professional Liability

Porter Scott’s professional liability group possesses decades of experience advocating for professionals before licensing boards, arbitrators, mediators and at trial.

Sound representation in the professional liability arena requires multi-faceted expertise and experience. The firm has a long history of successfully defending individuals or businesses sued in their professional capacity. The professional liability team understands that their professional clients’ reputation, and often their entire career, can be at stake in such matters. The firm is particularly sensitive to our professional clients’ goals, and how those goals may be impacted by potential outcomes in litigation. Porter Scott consistently balances an aggressive defense with the need to efficiently and effectively achieve the best possible result for an array of professionals such as:

  • Architects and engineers
  • Escrow practices professionals
  • Attorneys
  • Directors and officers
  • Corporate governance professionals
  • Accounting and financial services professionals
  • Insurance brokers
  • Contractors
  • Real estate professionals
  • Professional License Defense

Successfully defended delay damage case involving engineer responsible for construction of a large public office building. The case involved an approximate $100M demand.

Successfully defended a geotechnical engineer in prevailing on motion for summary judgment based upon lack of duty.  The geotechnical engineer prevailed and received costs.

Summary Judgment granted as to pharmacy malpractice claim against retailer and pharmacist for alleged cancellation of a prescription.

Successfully defended claims of Elder Abuse, negligence and wrongful death against nursing home resulting in successful summary adjudication of Elder Abuse claims and dismissal of remaining claims without further cost to client.

Successfully defended hospital and two individually named nurses against allegations of Elder Abuse, Wrongful Death, Negligence and Unfair Business Practices resulting in dismissal of claims against the clients without any payment on their behalf.

Litigation News – One Day Jury Trials Coming Soon

by: David Melton, Lindsay Goulding and F. Will Jackson A new day is coming for civil litigants who want their day in court without the expense and burden of a standard civil jury trial. The Governor …

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Howell Limits Liability for Medical Special Damages

by: David Melton and Lindsay Goulding In a much anticipated opinion, the California Supreme Court held today that injured plaintiffs may only recover the amounts their private health insurance actually paid to medical providers as payment …

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Urban Legend – Medicare Set-Asides for Third Party Liability Cases

by: Carl Fessenden, Norm Prior and Heath Langle Since the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) introduced mandatory electronic reporting requirements for all liability carriers, there has been a well-founded concern that CMS will now …

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Proving Medical Negligence

by: Jon Corr and Sara Sayles Generally, negligence is the failure to exercise the care that a reasonable person would exercise under similar circumstances. In the medical context, a health care provider is negligent if he …

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Vicarious Liability

by: Jonathan A. Corr and Kimberly L. Kakavas Consider this hypothetical: a business owner is sued and named as a defendant in a lawsuit. The alleged wrongful conduct was not committed by the business owner, but …

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