Bob McLaughlin’s practice has focused on solving problems for professionals and their insurers for over twenty years. Bob’s professional liability practice emphasizes representing insurers of lawyers, architects, engineers, insurance agents and brokers, accountants, and other miscellaneous professionals. About 75% of his practice is devoted toward helping firms and their insurers avoid and resolve serious legal malpractice claims. Bob also represents reinsurers of various professional liability insurers in the United States.
Bob’s experience includes regular trial practice in state and federal courts. He recently was successful in winning summary judgment on behalf of Certain Lloyd’s Underwriters in a $25 million breach of contract suit brought by one of the nation’s largest homebuilders. That judgment was upheld on appeal.
He has supervised the defense of legal malpractice litigation on behalf of insurers of several of the 100 largest U.S. law firms on a nationwide basis during the same time frame, including the defense of legal malpractice claims against several top U.S. law firms arising from advice to taxpayers on “son of boss” tax shelters, and advice regarding shelters under IRS code sections 412(i) and 419.
Bob’s practice also involves counseling insurers and professionals on litigation management, claim avoidance and risk management issues. He is an active member of the Professional Liability Underwriters Society (“PLUS”). He is well versed in trends in the industry, including legal malpractice claims arising from transactional advice, securities advice and opinion letters, claims of deepening insolvency by bankrupt companies, and claims arising from unsuccessful litigation.