Baker Botts regularly defends professional service firms, primarily law firms, large accounting firms, and consulting firms against professional liability claims. In addition to traditional malpractice, professional negligence, and breach of duty claims filed by clients, these firms are regularly targeted by non-clients who assert fraud and securities claims. Baker Botts’ Professional Liability lawyers are adept at defending professional services providers in individual and class action suits in state and federal courts across the country, as well as in a variety of arbitration forums, administrative proceedings, and regulatory settings.
We frequently represent other lawyers and law firms in the defense of all types of malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty claims, arising from a myriad of engagements including tax matters and intellectual property cases. These claims may be brought by clients or parties claiming to be clients as well as third parties. We understand the challenges posed by the representation of attorneys in legal malpractice claims and have tried a number of legal malpractice cases to jury verdict.
We are one of the national firms of choice in the defense of accountants’ liability claims. Baker Botts lawyers regularly represent the “Big Four” accounting firms in litigation matters involving a range of professional services, including financial statement audits, tax compliance and consulting work. Our lawyers also advise accountants and accounting firms in administrative proceedings initiated by state and federal regulators.
Our lawyers defend large business consulting firms in malpractice cases. These claims typically stem from work performed for clients of the consulting firm.