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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. Our 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, 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!  

WTO lawyers routinely litigate and try complex, high-exposure professional liability cases, including class actions, for law firms across the country. Our work frequently takes us into difficult jurisdictions and involves the types of matters that keep law firm general counsel and loss prevention partners awake at night.

We use our knowledge of complex lawsuits and trials 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, such as malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty, 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.

Client Wins

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

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.



Anthony C. Barbe
Partner & Recruiting Chair
P. 303.244.1813
F. 303.244.1879
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Sara (Sally) Evans
Staff Counsel - Colorado practice temporarily authorized pending admission under C.R.C.P. 205.6
P. 303.244.1934
F. 303.244.1879
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