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.

We represent plaintiffs and defendants of all sizes, from global law firms to individuals:

Professional Malpractice

Successfully defended an Am Law 100 law firm against allegations it had assisted a trustee in the breach of fiduciary duties. Our client had represented the trustee in litigation brought by the trust’s beneficiaries regarding the development of real property in Rancho Cucamonga. Granted summary judgment on the grounds that the action was barred by the statute of limitations.

Breach of Fiduciary Duty

Won plaintiff’s verdict for major airline on breach of fiduciary duty and legal malpractice causes of action against major law firm in three-week jury trial in Los Angeles Superior Court. Affirmed on appeal, resulting in 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).