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Professional Liability

Seltzer, Chadwick, Soefje & Ladik, PLLC fields a team of attorneys who are very knowledgeable of the types of claims which can be brought against professionals in Texas. For more than two decades, our attorneys have been defending and prosecuting professional liability and malpractice claims involving:

  • Accountants

  • Actuaries

  • Architects, Engineers & Design Professionals ("A&E")

  • Directors & Officers ("D&O")

  • Fiduciaries

  • Financial Professionals

  • Health Care Professionals

  • Home Owner's Associations ("HOA")

  • Insurance Brokers & Agents

  • Land Surveyors

  • Lawyers & Law Firms ("LPL")

  • Real Estate Brokers, Agents & Appraisers

  • Title Companies

  • Other Professionals with Errors & Omissions ("E&O") Insurance

Our law firm's attorneys possess extensive experience defending those unique claims which can be brought against attorneys and law firms in Texas.  These claims include:

  • Barratry Claims Pursuant To Section 82.065

  • Grievance Proceedings

  • Unauthorized Practice of Law

  • Violations of Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct

Compliance & Risk Management (Lawyers)

The firm regular counsels attorneys and law firms regarding ethical compliance and risk management strategies unique to the legal profession, including: 

  • Advertising Compliance

  • Engagement Agreements

  • Ethical Responsibilities

  • Fee Disputes With Clients

  • Internal Policies & Procedures

  • Pre-Claim Strategies, including Claim Repair and Client Communications

  • Social Media Strategies


Risk Management (Other Professionals)

The firm also provides legal counsel to other professionals regarding risk management strategies, including:

  • Contract Reviews

  • Crisis Management & Disaster Response Strategies

  • Fee Disputes

  • Internal Policies & Procedures

  • Pre-Claim Strategies, including Claim Repair & Client Communications

  • Professional Services Agreements

Claim Resolution & Litigation

The firm also provides legal representation to professionals in responding to client and third-party claims before and during litigation. The firm's attorneys are knowledgeable regarding the procedures in the following litigation forums:

  • Arbitration

  • Texas State and Appellate Courts, including the Texas Supreme Court

  • U.S. District & Appellate Courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court

  • U.S. Bankruptcy Courts


Our attorneys also possess significant experience representing professionals and their firms in the following additional areas:


  • Breach of Contract

  • Breach of Fiduciary Duty

  • Collections Of Fees

  • Computer Crime

  • Conversion & Theft

  • Deceptive Trade Practices

  • Defamation

  • Expert Witness For Legal Malpractice

  • Fee Disputes With Clients

  • Grievance Proceedings

  • Fraud

  • Independent Case Review & Evaluation

  • Licensing Review

  • Misappropriation of Trade Secrets

  • Negligent Misrepresentation

  • Professional Negligence

  • Tortious Interference with Contract & Prospective Business Advantage


Timothy B. Soefje

Managing Member

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Teddy Abbott

of Counsel

Licensed in Oklahoma


The firm's professional liability practice is led by three lawyers who have a combined 84 years of experience representing professionals.

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Professional Liability Update

Professional Liability Update is an educational blog published by the firm. The blog focuses on lawyers, architects and engineers but provides risk management insight for all professionals based upon the defense experience of the firm's lawyers.



Risk Management Quick Tip Videos

In this ten-part quick tip video series, Tim Soefje provides practical risk management advice to architects, engineers and other design professionals to help reduce the risk of costly claims and potential lawsuits.

Licensed in Texas & Oklahoma

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