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Professional Liability Litigation

Claims of professional malpractice may present high-stakes challenges that threaten reputations, careers and finances. In these matters, our legal approach is to employ an aggressive, experience-driven defense strategy.

As experienced business litigators and trial attorneys, we are skilled in vigorously defending against claims of malpractice, breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, accounting irregularities, and other professional violations. Our clients have included other lawyers, river pilots, architects, engineers, insurance brokers, healthcare providers and real estate professionals. Morris James’ knowledge of industry and professional standards supports our ability to preserve reputations and livelihoods, and reduce the risks that these lawsuits present to our clients.

Our Professional Liability Litigation Practice

Morris James’ Professional Liability Litigation Practice possesses a long record of prevailing in numerous trials, as well as in defending claims of malpractice and negligence against professionals throughout Delaware. These results have positioned us as leading counsel for Delaware healthcare providers and industry professionals across a wide range of medical occupations. Many of our professional liability attorneys are peer-elected members of selective trial lawyer associations, and appear annually at the top of legal lists and rankings.

Our attorneys are recognized by clients, peers and outside ranking authorities by Chambers USA – America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Best Lawyers®, as well as Benchmark Litigation and Delaware Super Lawyers®, among others.

We represent clients while rigorously managing risk. We defend professional liability claims for doctors and physician groups, hospitals, healthcare institutions and medical facilities, nurses and allied health professionals, pharmacists, architects, engineers, insurance brokers, and real estate professionals.  Morris James’ Professional Liability Litigation attorneys represent individuals and institutions in claims involving all medical specialties and on behalf of medical professionals at all levels, in administrative hearings on licensing, credentialing, and all other medical-legal issues. Morris James’ medical malpractice group focuses solely on this special area of legal defense and never acts as plaintiff's counsel.

Focused Representation for the Healthcare Industry

Healthcare workers and pharmaceutical companies often find themselves the target of professional liability litigation. Too often in these cases, it is easy for passion to prevail over sound legal reasoning.

Our attorneys’ combined trial experience defending healthcare providers extends beyond 65 years. The chair of our Group has tried more than 100 cases to verdict. Our clients have included Delaware’s largest hospital complex, Christiana Care Health Services (which includes Wilmington Hospital and the state’s largest hospital, Christiana Hospital), and St. Francis Hospital, as well as the state’s preeminent healthcare providers.  Medical Negligence Strategies and Administrative Law Claims Strategies have been honed over time and have resulted in favorable outcomes at trial and in all alternative dispute resolution venues. 

Working With Our Clients Every Step of the Way

To mitigate the anxiety that medical malpractice cases often cause, we provide individualized strategic counsel that addresses the specific goals of medical professionals, healthcare facilities, and their insurers. We work with our clients to develop an effective defense, maintaining open and honest communication as the case progresses. As a result of this commitment, we enjoy long-standing and productive relationships with insurers who play an important role in these cases. 

We are at the cutting edge of courtroom technology, utilizing medical illustrations and animations in our trial presentations to educate the jury and keep the jury’s interest, which provides additional ammunition against the opposition’s emotional approach.

A Fact-based Approach to Professional Liability Litigation

Effective representation demands both a focused legal approach and a background in science and technology that will cut through the opposition’s emotional appeals. At Morris James, we do the research necessary to present a case that is firmly grounded in both legal precedent and scientific fact.

Expert and scientific testimony and evidence are pivotal to a successful defense. We have developed an extensive network of highly effective medical and healthcare authorities, who serve as a key resource in addressing standards of care, causation, and other medical-legal issues that we argue before judges and juries. In addition, our attorneys defend doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers before professional boards and in administrative hearings. We represent all levels of medical professionals on matters involving licensing, credentials, and other administrative law issues. Professional liability defense claims of professional malpractice may present high-stakes challenges that threaten reputations, careers, and finances. In these matters, our legal approach is to employ an aggressive, experience-driven defense strategy. As experienced business litigators and trial attorneys, we are skilled in vigorously defending against claims of malpractice, breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, accounting irregularities, and other professional violations.

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