Robert E. McLaughlin

Partner - Atlanta, Ga

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.

Lead Insurance Counsel on handling tax shelter claims against several of the 100 largest U.S. law firms.

Working with large South Florida law firm and insurer to resolve conflict of interest claims arising from representation of now bankrupt client whose officers were complicit in fraud leading to bankruptcy.

Representing insurers of national plaintiff’s law firm in resolving claims arising from alleged aggregate settlements.

Representing insurers of large Ohio law firm and working in conjunction with defense counsel against claims of “deepening insolvency” brought against firm as the result of bankruptcy of client due to fraud by client.

Working with insurers, law firm and defense counsel to resolve securities class action against former client and accounting and legal professionals, with law firm settling on a favorable basis.

State Bar of Georgia

American Bar Association

Atlanta Bar Association, Foundation Member

Defense Research Institute, Member

Georgia Defense Lawyers Association

Professional Liability Underwriting Society