Professional Liability & Legal Malpractice Defense

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



As educational resources for professionals, the firm maintains and regularly posts to a blog entitled Professional Liability Update. The Firm also has produced a 10-part series of Quick Tip Videos for architects, engineers and design professionals.


Timothy B. Soefje (Practice Group Leader)

Teddy J. Abbott

Samuel P. Baldwin

* Principal Office - Plano. By appointment only in Austin, Dallas & Oklahoma City


Disclaimer: We created this website to provide general information about our law firm. The information on this website does NOT constitute legal advice and you may not rely on it as such. If you would like to discuss your matter with an attorney at Seltzer Chadwick Soefje & Ladik, PLLC, please contact us to schedule a consultation.

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