Professional & Fiduciary Liability

Counsel Trusted by Professionals

Lurie, Zepeda, Schmalz, Hogan & Martin frequently represents professional services providers in disagreements with their clients over services rendered, fees owed or other issues related to professional and fiduciary duty.  We apply our extensive knowledge of professional and fiduciary responsibility and ethics to uncover the premise of the dispute.  Given the highly sensitive nature of litigation, we always remain sensitive to confidentiality issues while pursuing justice for our client.

Some of Our Professional & Fiduciary Liability Cases

  • As lead plaintiff attorney, favorably settled multi-million-dollar legal malpractice/architect’s liability/breach of fiduciary duty case involving the sale and development of an historic town square in Provo, Utah.  Successfully briefed and argued the case to the Utah Supreme Court in Cathco, Inc. v. Valentiner, etc., 944 P.2d 365 (Utah 1997).  

  • Prior to complaint being filed, achieved a multi-million dollar settlement for a global health care corporation in a legal malpractice action against its trial counsel.  The trial counsel had represented client in a major product liability case.  

  • Lead trial attorney for major airline in its breach of fiduciary duty and legal malpractice lawsuit against a prominent Los Angeles law firm. Won plaintiff’s verdict on breach of fiduciary duty and malpractice causes of action against defendants following three-week jury trial in Los Angeles Superior Court. Lead appellate attorney on the case which was affirmed on appeal and which resulted in an important legal ethics opinion from the Court of Appeal in American Airlines, Inc. v. Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, et al., 96 Cal. App. 4th 1017 (2002).

  • Won jury verdict of $3 million, increased to $4.2 million with interest, in breach of contract action for attorney-client for over 20 years’ legal fees due from his former client.  Jury ruled in  attorney-client’s favor for both breach of contract and professional malpractice. Affirmed on appeal in full in Rufus Von Thulen Rhoades v. William M. Lansdale et al.