Professionals are responsible for protecting and improving their clients' (or patients') most vital interests – from their reputations to their health and well being, and from their finances and investments to their homes and businesses. Haight Brown & Bonesteel understands the complicated roles of professional service providers and has been a leader in the litigation and trial of malpractice claims against professionals for more than thirty five years. Our experience also includes appeals, arbitrations, pre-filing negotiations and administrative and grand jury proceedings and fee disputes.
We take the responsibilities of defending professional malpractice claims seriously and understand that the protection of our clients' reputations is a crucial consideration. Our goal is to obtain the most favorable conclusion, as quickly and efficiently as possible, so that our clients can refocus attention on their current clients. We approach the defense of any professional in a responsive and collaborative manner, recognizing that our clients possess the necessary expertise to help shape the most effective strategies and tactics. Our experience working with both private firms and all major professional liability insurance underwriters enables us to facilitate the defense and achieve the prompt yet fair resolution of even the most complex and sophisticated cases.
The Professional Liability Practice Group is represented throughout the State of California. Its members have successfully resolved thousands of professional liability claims, including the successful defense of more than one hundred trials involving lawyers, accountants, design professionals, insurance agents and brokers, physicians and real estate brokers. We have been instrumental in developing and shaping this area of law. In 28 reported appellate decisions, the firm has been involved in creating law in areas ranging from the statute of limitations to causation, damages and trial practice. Our attorneys regularly counsel and represent professionals in connection with ethical and professional responsibility matters, including conflicts of interest, client terminations, fee disputes, regulatory agency complaints and partnership agreements and disputes.
In short, Haight is the leading firm with experienced attorneys enjoying long histories of substantive, "hands on" experience and expertise in the litigation and trial of malpractice claims against professionals throughout California.
The Haight Brown & Bonesteel Distinction
- Practical Experience. Our attorneys include a certified public accountant now practicing law and a mechanical engineer with experience working as a design engineer for a large international engineering firm providing construction design consulting services for new commercial construction projects throughout the United States and internationally. The senior members of the Group have practiced exclusively in the professional liability field for more than 25 years and have significant trial experience in this area. The Practice Group Leader also has extensive experience in the representation of law and accounting firms in partnership and related professional responsibility matters.
- Client Service. Our clients come first. We know the intricacies of the legal, accounting, medical, insurance and real estate industries and stay abreast of each field in collaborative efforts with our clients. We also solicit comments from our clients to stay ahead of their changing needs so that we can constantly improve our level of service.
- Collaboration with Other Firm Resources. We regularly team with other areas of the firm’s full-featured Risk Management and Insurance Law, Business Solutions and Appellate Law practice groups.