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

Unanimous Defense Verdict for OB/GYN in Alleged Malpractice Suit - June 2011 7/13/2011
Unanimous Defense Verdict for Dentist in Alleged Malpractice and Battery Suit - June 2011 6/15/2011
Defense Verdict for OB/GYN in Medical Negligence for Retained Foreign Body - June 2011 6/14/2011
Defense Victory for Interventional Cardiologist - May 2011 5/29/2011
Defense Verdict in Alleged Wrongful Death Case - March 2011 3/15/2011
Defense Verdict for Plastic Surgeon in Alleged Malpractice in Breast Augmentation Procedure - March 2011 3/10/2011
Defense Verdict for Plastic Surgeon in Alleged Lack of Informed Consent Case - February 2011 2/10/2011
Unanimous Defense Verdict for Radiology Group and Radiologist in Alleged Medical Negligence Case - February 2011 2/8/2011
Defense Verdict For OB/GYN in Medical Battery Action - December 2010 12/23/2010
Unanimous Defense Verdict for Ophthalmologist in Medical Malpractice Case - December 2010 12/15/2010
Defense Verdict for Physician in Anoxic Brain Injury Case - May 2010 6/3/2010
A Defense Victory for Imperial County Surgeon in Bowel Perforation Case - May 2010 5/20/2010
Defense Victory for Pathologist Accused of Corpse Desecration and Conspiracy 3/30/2010
Defense Victory for Family Practitioner in Kung Fu Wrist Fracture Case - February 2010 2/28/2010
12-0 Defense Verdict for General Surgeon 12/30/2009
Defense Verdict in Alleged Wrongful Death Suit 11/19/2009
Defense Verdict in Alleged Wrongful Death of a 12 Year Old Child 10/16/2009
Defense Verdict for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon 8/19/2009
Unanimous Jury Verdict for OB/GYN Physician - June 2009 6/18/2009
Defense Verdict for Trauma/Vascular Surgeons 6/15/2009

Attorney List

Michael I. Neil
Robert W. Frank
Hugh A. McCabe
Clark R. Hudson
Dane J. Bitterlin
Stephen T. Sigler
David P. Burke
Jason E. Gallegos
Matthew R. Souther
Joanna R. Shippee
Benjamin J. Howard
Kendra A. Anderson
Andrea P. Bayly
Elizabeth A. Harris
Brandon D. Merritt
Rachel A. Fisher
Phillip E. Stephan
Sarah L. Harty