Professional Liability

Wicker Smith’s professional liability attorneys closely partner with clients and fiduciaries, assisting them in proactively managing risks and aggressively representing them if malpractice actions arise. Our attorneys aggressively represent, counsel and defend licensed professionals, including physicians, lawyers, architects, engineers, accountants and others against all forms of professional malpractice.

Our attorneys have defended clients at both the trial and appellate level, working with clients to determine an alternative strategy through strategic dispute resolution tactics. Wicker Smith’s experience also includes defending insurance agents and brokers in a wide variety of litigation and regulatory matters. These include cases involving claims of negligence, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and other alleged errors and omissions. Our vast knowledge of the variety of insurance carriers – as well as the regulations governing the insurance industry – provide our attorneys with an advantage in defending claims against these insurance professionals.

Professionals we represent include:

  • Accountants
  • Architects, Engineers and Design Professionals
  • Attorneys
  • Medical Professionals
  • Consultants
  • Directors And Officers
  • Financial Advisors
  • Insurance Professionals
  • Real Estate Professionals

Representation of a Lawyer in a Case with National Exposure

Attorneys: Richards "Dick" Ford, Krista Cammack

We recently represented the previous General Counsel for a Central Florida State Improvement District in a high profile lawsuit brought by the State of Florida against a prominent Entertainment Company which also owns theme parks. This case involved complex issues relating to allegations of improper collaboration between the District and the Entertainment Company which resulted in a development plan which the State claimed was unfairly favorable to the Entertainment company.

Summary Judgment in a Legal Malpractice Matter

Attorneys: Richard E. Ramsey

Our client in this case, a lawyer, represented the Plaintiff, also a lawyer, in Plaintiff’s own Bar proceeding. Plaintiff was found liable by a District Court Judge of the allegations in the underlying matter, which triggered the scheduling of a disciplinary proceeding by The Florida Bar. Plaintiff did not attend this proceeding, and was subsequently disbarred.

Plaintiff sued our client for malpractice, alleging that he missed the proceeding due to insufficient communication by our client as to the scheduling. Emails in evidence showed that our client timely notified the Plaintiff of the scheduled disciplinary proceeding, but the Plaintiff misunderstood the communication. We moved for summary judgment, arguing that whether or not Plaintiff attended his disciplinary proceeding would not have impacted the resulting disbarment, as he had already been found liable for the underlying allegations. The Court agreed with our assessment, and awarded summary judgment in our client’s favor.

Nuclear Verdict Avoided in a Legal Malpractice Matter

Attorneys: Michael E. Reed, Lindsay T. Brigman, Alyssa Reiter

We represented a defense lawyer in a malpractice matter in which he faced a $535 million claim arising from an underlying auto claim with unusual and aggravating facts. The Plaintiff alleged the attorney’s misinterpretation of a settlement offer led to the defendant’s exposure to an excess judgment. Summary judgment was sought and subsequently granted by the trial court, and the case was dismissed. Plaintiff appealed, and on October 27, 2023, the Florida Second District Court of Appeal affirmed the lower court’s summary judgment ruling.

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