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Professional Liability

To successfully represent a professional client, an attorney must possess an in-depth knowledge and understanding of his client's chosen profession, the rules and regulations that govern the profession and the standards of care to which the professional is held. Lipe Lyons attorneys possess the knowledge, experience and skill necessary to successfully defend professional clients from all disciplines. 

The attorneys of Lipe Lyons have decades of experience litigating a wide variety of professional malpractice claims. The firm’s attorneys have handled dozens of malpractice cases against physicians, nurses, hospitals, clinics and testing laboratories involving claims of surgical trauma, birth trauma, medical battery, failure to obtain informed consent, failure to follow testing protocols and failure to diagnose cancer. One of the firm’s name partners, Bradley C. Nahrstadt, has been consistently recognized as a Leading Lawyer in the field of medical malpractice defense.

In addition to the foregoing, the firm has successfully handled and disposed of numerous and varied claims against accountants, attorneys and engineers. The firm has also successfully resolved matters brought against insurance agents and brokers alleging claims for fraud, failure to procure insurance and breach of fiduciary duty. Members of the firm have also defended nursing home owners and operators against claims of neglect and abuse.

The dedication of the firm’s attorneys in this area of the law is evidenced by their involvement in the Professional Liability Underwriters Society (PLUS) and the Professional Liability Defense Federation (PLDF), as well as their numerous presentations and articles dealing with issues unique to professional liability claims. Examples of articles authored or co-authored by the firm’s attorneys in this area include:
  • "Successful Strategies in Defending Illinois Nursing Home Malpractice Actions", published in 8 IDC Quarterly 1
  • “Further Strategies in Defending Nursing Home Malpractice Actions”, published in 8 IDC Quarterly 2
  • “A Primer on Defending Breast Cancer Litigation”, American Journal of Trial Advocacy, Volume 25:3
  • “Informed Consent for Penile Prosthesis”, published in the International Journal of Impotence Research: Journal of Sexual Medicine, Winter 2008.


For more information about the firm’s professional liability practice, please contact James H. Whalen at 312.448.6238 or