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

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
Successful Dismissal of Emergency Room Physician by Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals 8/25/2014
Successful Demurrer Leads to Dismissal of Ten Cause of Action Civil Rights/Employment Law Claim 7/8/2014
Defense of Gastroenterologist - Hung Jury 5/29/2014
Defense Verdict on Behalf of Emergency Room Doctor 4/24/2014
Unanimous Defense Verdict for Internal Medicine Specialist and Specialty Medical Group - November 2013 11/7/2013
Summary Judgment Granted on Behalf of an Oral Surgeon - August 2013 8/26/2013
Defense Verdict for Internal Medicine Physician - May 2013 6/14/2013
Defense Verdict for Pathologist and Pathology Group - May 2013 5/31/2013
Unanimous Defense Verdict for Rheumatologist/Internist in Strep Bacteria Suit - April 2013 4/9/2013
Summary Judgment Motion Granted on Behalf of Infectious Disease Physician - December 2012 12/14/2012
Defense Verdict in Oral Surgery Case Involving Injured Lingual Nerve - October 2012 10/25/2012
Defense Verdict for General Surgeon in Malpractice Suit Alleging Negligent Bowel Repair - April 2012 4/24/2012
Summary Judgment Motion Granted on Behalf of Internal Medicine Physician - March 2012 3/21/2012

Attorney List

Michael I. Neil
Hugh A. McCabe
Stephen T. Sigler
Jonathan R. Ehtessabian
Matthew R. Souther
Benjamin J. Howard
Alan B. Graves
Dane J. Bitterlin
Rachel A. Fisher
Mark C. Krok