About

Steptoe & Johnson attorneys understand the critical, emotional, financial, and reputational issues at stake in professional liability defense and have earned a reputation for vigorous, proactive, and efficient advocacy on behalf of clients.

Team members are mindful of both the cost of litigation and the risk of encouraging additional lawsuits by settling cases that should be tried. They work with clients to achieve their business goals and seek a cost-effective, early resolution of every case. The group is experienced in the areas of medical, legal, drug, and medical device litigation, and professional liability defense of:

  • All health care professionals and health care facilities
  • Accountants
  • Architects
  • Attorneys
  • Realtors
  • Educators
  • Engineers
  • Stockbrokers

What sets us apart

  • Team members strategically located throughout the U.S. to assist national clients with remote facilities
  • In-house accountants, engineers, and paralegals to assist attorneys in crafting a defense for professionals in a number of industries
  • More than 40 areas of practice provide cross-team collaboration
  • The Professional Liability Group works closely with the firm's Health Care Group and Long-Term Care Team in order to stay abreast of current trends and concerns
REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE
  • Defend physicians, midwives, and nurses involving allegations of medical malpractice in the following medical specialties: midwifery, OB-GYN, family practice, oncology, anesthesia, orthopedic surgery, neonatal care, negligent credentialing, pediatrics, cardiothoracic surgery, emergency room, general hospital care, and correctional institution care
  • Represented pharmacist in medical negligence and liability lawsuit alleging improper dispensing of prescription medication
  • Assisted in the defense of hospitals in physician termination and patient dispute cases
  • Represented a real estate broker in a suit for alleged failure to disclose conditions and defects in a residential property
  • Sought summary judgment for attorney in legal malpractice claim arising out of divorce proceeding
  • Defended a CPA’s service as trustee for an “operating” trust with more than $13M of businesses and assets in the timber, logging, and lumber industries
  • Sought summary judgment for attorney in legal malpractice and slander of title claim
  • Advise a wide variety of hospitals and clinical practices on day-to-day risk management, loss prevention, insurance, and regulatory, and operational matters