Practice Areas

Professional Liability


Accusations of negligence threaten all industries and professions. No amount of education can prepare professionals for the strain of professional liability litigation. The attorneys that represent these professionals must be experienced trial lawyers with specialized knowledge of malpractice law.

Since 1964, the representation of professionals in liability claims has been central to our trial practice. We are nationally recognized as one of the leading law firms in Southern California for expertise in the representation of professionals in various fields. Our superior skills have resulted in an unmatched number of favorable verdicts for our clients.

We have earned our reputation in the area of malpractice litigation due to our zealous representation of our clients, our willingness and ability to try cases to verdict, and our negotiation skills when settlement is desirable. Moreover, we are aware of the damaging impact claims can have on the public image of professionals, and employ strategies— through early settlement, mediation and arbitration—to reduce the risk to our clients.

We have an outstanding record of success on behalf of our clients, including:

  • Dentists
  • Chiropractors
  • Healthcare Providers
  • Hospitals
  • Oral Surgeons
  • Physicians
  • Physical Therapists
  • Pharmacists
  • Nurses & Other Healthcare Providers
  • Managed Care Organizations
  • Skilled Nursing Facilities
  • Accountants
  • Architects
  • Attorneys
  • Municipal Officials
  • Police Officers

For more information about our professional liability practice, please see our list of attorneys in this area of practice.

Recent Success

Successful Defense of Pulmonologist Against Claims Of Failure To Diagnose Lung Cancer 11/14/2017
Summary Judgment Granted for Surgeon who Emergently Repaired a Perforated Esophagus 8/17/2017
Successful Defense of Oral Surgeon 2/17/2017
Successful Defense Of Orthopedic Surgeon Against Claims Total Hip Replacement Surgery Caused Sciatic Nerve Injury 2/16/2017
Successful Defense Of Urogynecologist Against Claims Suburethral Sling Surgery Caused Nerve Injury 2/16/2017
Defense Verdict for Oral Surgeon 8/8/2016
Clark Hudson Successfully Defends Medical Clinic, Physician and Nurse Practitioner in Malpractice Suit 6/9/2016
Successful Defense of Oral Surgeon Against Claims Wisdom Tooth Extraction Caused Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infection 5/15/2016
Jury Disagrees With Plaintiff’s Allegation Electrophysiologist Placed Unnecessary Pacemaker 3/21/2016
Robert Frank Successfully Defends Medical Clinic and Physician in Wrongful Death Suit 1/11/2016
Robert Frank Successfully Restores Osteopathic Doctors' License 12/1/2015
Defense Verdict for Orthopedic Surgeon in Under an Hour 5/5/2015
California Nursing Board Dismisses Complaint Against Nurse Practitioner 4/28/2015
Unopposed Motion for Summary Judgment Can Forfeit Rights on Appeal 2/27/2015
Negligence Per Se Does Not Create a Presumption of No Triable Issues on Summary Judgment 2/24/2015
Summary Judgment Granted for Cosmetic Laser Clinic and the Physician and Nurse Who Provided IPL Laser Treatment 2/5/2015
Robert Frank Saves Family Practitioner's License 2/3/2015
Successful Defense of Registered Dental Assistant Against Claims by California Dental Board 1/27/2015
Neil Dymott Shareholder Robert W. Frank Successfully Defends Physicians Against Salacious Allegations 1/16/2015
Summary Judgment Granted on Behalf of Local Surgeon Who Performed Innovative Stem Cell Study 1/13/2015

Attorney List

Michael I. Neil
Robert W. Frank
Dane J. Bitterlin
Hugh A. McCabe
Clark R. Hudson
Stephen T. Sigler
David P. Burke
Joanna R. Shippee
Jason E. Gallegos
Matthew R. Souther
Andrea P. Bayly
Benjamin J. Howard
Kendra A. Anderson
Christine Y. Dixon
Elizabeth A. Harris
Danielle A. Eisner
Brandon D. Merritt

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