Legal Malpractice Defense



Smith Haughey and its legal malpractice defense attorneys have represented law firms, lawyers, and legal malpractice insurers throughout Michigan and several other jurisdictions. When Michigan’s largest law firms are sued, they come to Smith Haughey for the best representation.

Representing attorneys and law firms requires an understanding of the emotional toll a malpractice claim takes on a client. Understanding the feelings and responses involved can be as important as understanding the underlying case itself. Our attorneys are committed to providing a well-reasoned and vigorous defense while keeping in mind the client’s personal needs, requirements, and relationships.

Everyone on our legal malpractice team is experienced in partnering with our clients, not only in the defense of claims, but also in identifying strategies to repair the claim prior to suit. We seek out the best and most able expert witnesses and evaluate preliminary motions that may result in early termination of the lawsuit or a narrowing of the issues. We have the ability to offer risk management suggestions for firms based on our long and deep experience with claims made against legal and many other professionals.

Smith Haughey has defended large law firms in Michigan and federal courts, in cases involving practice in dozens of substantive practice areas, including patent law, employment law, construction law, tax law, and securities law. We have represented mid-size and smaller firms in matters involving family law, personal injury, the Uniform Commercial Code contract law, and immigration law. We are on, or qualified to be on, every major insurance company’s approved list of attorneys. In addition, we act as national coverage counsel for a national legal malpractice insurer.