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Professional Liability & Discipline

Litigation

Today’s working environment is complex and ever-evolving, with increasing pressures of professional responsibility, government oversight, and public scrutiny. Walter Haverfield attorneys know it is more important than ever for individuals and firms to protect themselves from the impacts of professional liability claims and disciplinary proceedings.

With decades of experience, our unique blend of skilled, dedicated attorneys provides the strong advocacy that professionals need. Professional liability is a highly complex area, requiring a legal team with firm-wide strength across a range of regulatory, civil, and quasi-criminal matters.

Practice Group Leader

Ralph E. Cascarilla, Managing Partner

Ralph represents individuals and businesses in a wide range of governmental white-collar criminal investigations, including environmental, health care, securities fraud, antitrust, tax, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), federal elections and government procurement matters.

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Our Professional Liability & Discipline Difference

Walter Haverfield’s attorneys deliver the full spectrum of top-line legal services to a variety of professional service providers in professional liability and related claims. We have the deep-bench resources and skill to handle any professional liability concern, no matter the size or complexity.

We use an aggressive approach in filing early motions, intended to narrow the scope of disputed issues and limit the potential for time-consuming and costly discovery. This creates the potential for prompt resolution of claims through a variety of alternative dispute resolution techniques. We are engaged as approved counsel by liability insurers as well as individual providers.

Recognition

U.S. NEWS – BEST LAWYERS® 2022 “BEST LAW FIRMS” RANKINGS
  • Metropolitan Tier 1 (Cleveland): Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Land Use & Zoning; Litigation – Real Estate
  • Metropolitan Tier 2 (Cleveland): Litigation – Environmental; Litigation – Labor & Employment; Litigation – Trusts & Estates
  • Metropolitan Tier 3 (Cleveland): Litigation – Construction; Litigation – ERISA, Litigation – Insurance
2021 RANKINGS
  • Metropolitan Tier 1 (Cleveland): Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Land Use & Zoning; Litigation – Real Estate
  • Metropolitan Tier 2 (Cleveland): Litigation – Environmental; Litigation – Labor & Employment
  • Metropolitan Tier 3 (Cleveland): Bet-the-Company Litigation; Litigation – Construction; Litigation – ERISA, Litigation – Insurance; Litigation – Trusts & Estates
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Experience

  • Defending accountants and attorneys against professional malpractice claims in federal and state court
  • Representing lawyers and law firms in disputes arising from the separation of practices and termination of employment, including dissolution of a law firm under bankruptcy court supervision
  • Defending a significant patent law firm from multiple patent/intellectual property legal malpractice, fraud, and misrepresentation claims in federal and state courts
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