Professional Liability Defense

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Design Professionals

For over 25 years the attorneys at GLPC have provided a complete range of representation to design professionals from the pre-claim stage through trial, as well as mediation, arbitration and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. GLPC also provides a full range of legal services to design professionals including sophisticated business and risk management counseling to assist in analyzing and minimizing liability exposure to avoid litigation. GLPC has represented design professionals at hearings before the Office of Professional Discipline, Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings, and the Department of Buildings.

The attorneys at GLPC routinely present seminars, webinars, lunch-and-learn meetings, and author an e-newsletter, as well as articles for insurance carriers’ and brokers’ newsletters, addressing various issues facing design professionals in their daily practice. GLPC also assists design professionals in the review, negotiation, and preparation of project contracts.

GLPC has successfully obtained dismissal of claims against design professionals on complex issues of law including Labor Law Sections 200, 240 and 241(6), lack of contractual privity, spoliation of evidence, statute of limitations, contribution, and indemnification.


Lawyers get sued just like everyone else. When they find themselves at the receiving end of a lawsuit, it is critical that they retain legal counsel well versed in this area. Just as diverse as the areas are that a lawyer may practice, so too are the types of claims that arise from each representation.

At GLPC we focus on identifying the specific claims against lawyers at the outset and promptly provide an assessment of liability exposure. At the same time, we communicate with the attorneys and their liability carriers to discuss defenses that may be available to lawyers, along with the recommended courses of action to pursue in order to resolve the matter in the most prompt manner and on the best possible terms for the attorneys.


At times brokers find themselves in litigation with charges that their client did not obtain the insurance he or she needed, obtained insurance that was insufficient, or did not receive insurance at all. This results in the broker’s client potentially facing exposure and, in turn, seeking the resulting damages from their broker. In such circumstances, the attorneys at GLPC stand ready to promptly evaluate the broker’s duty of care along with potential liability exposure they may face. GLPC’s ability to promptly identify such exposure, or lack thereof, early on in the process, is critical to our preparation of the appropriate defense, and perhaps early dismissal on behalf of the broker.

Physicians & Hospitals

When a patient is injured during a medical procedure, is not provided the proper care and treatment, or is displeased with the outcome of a service provided by a physician, the patient often commences legal action against the treating physician and the hospital where the treatment was rendered. In addition to the potential monetary sanctions which may be imposed, the physician also faces the repercussions associated with the impact such claims may have on their reputation in the particular field and possible impediments to obtaining acceptance to practice in particular hospitals and other medical facilities. Therefore, it is critical that the physician retain counsel knowledgeable in this area of law.

At GLPC we are not only fully familiar with the law in this area, but equally as important, we are well versed in the various areas of medicine associated with the services performed by the physicians. Armed with this knowledge and experience, the attorneys at GLPC are well suited to defend the physician through all phases of litigation, including trial. In the event a settlement is recommended, GLPC is also prepared to represent the physicians at mediation or arbitration.