K&L Gates lawyers have successfully defended a wide variety of claims asserted against professionals such as lawyers, accountants, financial advisers, pension consultants, 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 US state and federal courts and in the English 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 the Financial Conduct Authority and before state and local grievance and disciplinary committees.
Our lawyers serve on various American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and 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 maximise insurance coverage, where available, and to respond to any appropriate requirements by their insurers, who may be paying defense costs. The firm also represents professionals in disputes with insurers, seeking to resolve such disputes, where possible, without recourse to litigation or arbitration.