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Professional Services Liability Litigation Committee


We welcome your participation and would appreciate hearing your ideas for articles, case alerts, ethics opinions, and legislation affecting professionals. If you have contributions, suggestions, or comments regarding the committee’s website, please contact our web editor, Keith Bruett. If you have contributions, suggestions, or comments regarding the committee’s annual review, please contact editors Carey Menasco and Patricia Gorham.


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Section of Litigation Annual Conference April 9–11, 2014

The Section of Litigation Annual Conference will be held in Scottsdale, Arizona, April 9–11, 2014. Check with the Section’s homepage for registration and hotel information. If you are planning to attend, please let our membership cochairs Mandie Landry and Joshua Maggard know, and check back on this site for information about membership and social events we are planning for the conference. We hope to see you in Scottsdale.

Seeking Contributors

The Professional Services Liability Litigation Committee is looking for authors for articles about professional liability and related cases. Contact an editor for more information.

Message from the Chairs

Greetings! The Professional Services Liability Litigation Committee has more than 1,400 members litigating cutting-edge issues in claims against attorneys, accountants, directors, officers, and other professionals. We hope you will consider joining us.

The committee helps members stay informed on developing professional-liability trends. What are the ethical and liability risks posed by professionals’ use of social media? What claims are arising from hedge-fund failures, the continuing home-foreclosure saga, and law-firm breakups? Will courts begin to ignore the corporate structures of international accounting firms to assert jurisdiction over foreign branches? Will e-discovery errors become the new frontier of legal-malpractice claims? Through our newsletter, website, and frequent news and development pieces, the committee keeps its members up-to-date on cutting-edge professional-liability issues. We also expect to be providing podcasts and roundtable conference calls for our members in the coming year.

Among the committee’s biggest recent accomplishments is the publication of The Law of Lawyers’ Liability: A Fifty-State Survey of Legal Malpractice. This guide provides a state-by-state review of laws in each state pertaining to the laws of lawyer liability. Each chapter is devoted to the law of each state, written by lawyers in that particular state for easy comparison. Whether a lawyer is involved in litigating legal-malpractice actions or merely wants to understand more about these matters, this book is intended to serve as a resource to how the law varies state by state. Special thanks go out to our three editors, Merri Baldwin, Scott Bertschi, and Dylan Black, as well as to the authors of each state’s article. Also, thanks to past committee cochairs James Brown, George Kryder, and Paul Koning, for their leadership and hard work in bringing this project to fruition.

The committee also offers the chance to network and develop business with fellow professional-liability litigators from across the country. At the 2014 Section Annual Conference (SAC) in Scottsdale, Arizona in April 2014, the committee will have an informal cocktail gathering and a staff a table at the committee expo, and host a practice area and networking luncheon. If you are in Scottsdale for the SAC, please look us up.

We hope you will join us and get involved in sharing your knowledge and experience with other members. In particular, we are always looking for content—articles, news and developments, case notes, podcasts, commentaries, and program ideas—to post on our website or distribute electronically. If you are interested in submitting content, please contact our website editor Keith Bruett or newsletter subcommittee chair Patricia Gorham.

If you have any comments or suggestions about how to make the committee more useful to you, please contact us. We want to hear from you!

Scott Bertschi
Gavin Villareal

Cochairs, Professional Services Liability Litigation Committee


» Subcommittee Leadership Roster


Our active subcommittees include:

  • Accountants' Liability
  • Attorneys' Liability
  • Directors' and Officers' Liability
  • 50 State Survey


  • Membership
  • Programming
  • Newsletter
  • Website

Find contact information for committee and subcommittee chairs:


Professional Services Liability Litigation Leadership

Cochairs Web Editor Newsletter Editors

Scott Bertschi

Atlanta, GA

Gavin Villareal

Austin, TX

Vice Chair

Carey Menasco

New Orleans, LA

Keith Bruett

Milwaukee, WI

Patricia A. Gorham

Atlanta, GA

Saleel Sabnis

Philadelphia, PA