PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY REPRESENTATION
Zeldes, Needle & Cooper, P.C. has developed a recognized, statewide reputation in the representation of lawyers and other professionals.
Lawyers, in particular, face increasingly complex – and often conflicting – professional obligations. Our representation covers the entire range of issues confronting attorneys in practice: client funds management, conflicts of interest, client confidentiality, court sanctions, client fee agreements, law firm dissolutions, and lawyer advertising. We regularly advise lawyers and firms not only on matters arising out of their client relationships, but also on issues arising out of their interactions with government regulators, courts and disciplinary bodies, and with their professional colleagues both within and outside the lawyer’s firm.
Our effectiveness in this practice area is enhanced by significant experience defending legal malpractice actions and disciplinary (grievance) matters. To this we add ethics and employment counseling, and representation in bar admission hearings, regulatory and criminal investigations, business formations and mergers, and law firm risk management.
Connecticut attorneys and firms facing malpractice actions have retained Zeldes, Needle & Cooper where their insurers authorize the selection of defense counsel. We have been called on to defend firms insured by Attorneys' Liabilty Assurance Society (ALAS), The Hartford, CNA, AIG, Reliance National and, in employment matters, Chubb/Executive Risk.
Our clients have included a law firm and its senior trusts and estates partner defending a conflict-of-interest claim arising from a multi-million dollar court-supervised conservatorship. We also have appeared for Connecticut firms of all sizes in professional negligence actions in the areas of complex estate planning, trustee/beneficiary relations, tax advice, business acquisitions, property tax litigation, limited partnership transactions, and commercial real estate and real estate financing. In the employment area, we have represented firms charged with gender, age, and disability discrimination.