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Practices

Legal Professional Liability

Opposing counsel has "never come close
to WTO's level of skill and experience."

—Peer comment to Chambers USA

Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell defends lawyers and law firms against high-stakes professional liability claims. WTO attorneys have won numerous significant trials and appeals for regional, national, and international law firms. Best Lawyers named WTO Chairman Michael O'Donnell the 2020 Legal Malpractice Defense Denver Lawyer of the Year and Co-Managing Partner Carolyn Fairless the 2017 Professional Liability Defense Denver Lawyer of the Year. These recognitions speak volumes for WTO's reputation in this niche legal market.

WTO lawyers represent regional, national, and international law firms and lawyers in legal malpractice and professional liability matters. We routinely litigate and try complex, high-exposure cases for firms across the country, including in difficult jurisdictions and involving the types of matters that keep law firm general counsel and loss prevention partners awake at night.

WTO's legal malpractice lawyers have litigated class actions involving malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty claims. We use our knowledge of these and other complex lawsuits to help streamline case narratives when the facts are highly technical or potentially confusing to juries. Our lawyers are adept at explaining relevant aspects of claims and their underlying cases in ways that are clear and meaningful to jurors.

Our legal malpractice team evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of a case and develops creative arguments and fresh trial strategies. Often, we obtain summary judgment or get cases dismissed in the pretrial stage. When cases do go to trial, we have deep trial experience in legal malpractice matters and are well prepared to defend our clients. We are also very comfortable being called in late to try cases on the verge of trial, or to rehabilitate cases that are going poorly.

WTO's clients have praised our handling of highly-charged lawsuits and recognized that all of our trial team members, including the paralegals, document clerks, and legal secretaries assisting with trial preparation, are dedicated to winning cases. One law firm general counsel said he "genuinely enjoyed working with the team, even during late nights and early mornings," and would not hesitate to hire us again (though we appreciate he would rather not need to).  

Client Wins

Argued and won a motion to dismiss $150 million malpractice claims brought in Nevada against an AmLaw 200 firm.
8.21.2019

Client Wins

Obtained summary judgment for a national legal malpractice carrier in an attorney-lien enforcement action in Wyoming district court. WTO recovered significant costs for its client in this matter of first impression.
8.22.2018

Client Wins

Won summary judgment for a large regional law firm in a legal malpractice lawsuit.
2.4.2016

Cases