Professional Liability

In today's rapidly changing business environment, companies and individuals providing professional services increasingly are exposed to claims of errors and omissions. Phelps Dunbar's professional liability practice handles a spectrum of legal matters throughout the Third Coast.

Our practice generally involves the litigation and trial defense of errors and omissions (E&O), directors and officers (D&O), and professional malpractice claims, but also includes claims relating to professional responsibility and ethics. The professional and quasi-professional subject matters include the following:

  • insurance agents and brokers;
  • attorneys;
  • real estate and title agents;
  • accountants/CPAs;
  • architects, engineers and design professionals; and
  • directors and officers.

Our professional litigation practice insures that our clients are protected if charged with claims alleging negligence or the failure of rendering their professional or quasi-professional services to customers, clients, etc. Attorneys in the practice also counsel and educate clients on best practices and how best to avoid future claims. Perhaps the distinguishing aspect of Phelps Dunbar's professional liability practice is that, because of the years devoted to the practice and the numerous cases successfully handled, our firm has extensive knowledge of the insurance agency industry. We are able to communicate with the insurance world using their own language. Phelps Dunbar is also an internationally noted insurance coverage law firm, which provides a base of knowledge that is necessary in insurance agency cases.

Our construction litigators have impressive experience representing design professionals in professional malpractice matters. Architects, engineers, contractors and subcontractors frequently obtain professional liability advice from our construction lawyers, some of whom have undergraduate design degrees.

We are often hired as the preferred counsel by the insurance company representing professionals.  However, many instances occur where clients contact the firm directly for representation or require their insurer to hire the firm to handle matters involving their employees.

Phelps Dunbar attorneys act as advocates and counselors in representing clients from civil to criminal hearings, imperatives claims to licensing disputes, from single plaintiff cases to class or derivative claims. Our attorneys are ready and willing to serve, protect and counsel our clients no matter how complex.