Professional Liability

We have been retained to handle insurance agents, real estate agents, appraisers, architects, engineers, directors and officers, financial planners.  MZFC represents professionals under insurers’ errors and omissions policies and also directly when the professional is self-insured.

With experience in all aspects of professional liability defense, MZFC is well qualified to handle sensitive issues of confidentiality, the impact of the case on the professional’s ongoing practice, and the need to work closely with the client in litigation strategy and settlement.

Insurance Agents

MZFC has represented insurance agents and brokers in a wide variety of actions alleging errors and omissions involving various types of insurance products.  We also have considerable experience representing primary, excess and life insurers and claims management organizations in wide-ranging matters, including cases involving failure to select appropriate policies, failure to disclose, negligent misrepresentation, breach of contract, fraud, bad faith and negligence.

Real Estate Agents

MZFC has represented both local and regional real estate brokers and agents in commercial and residential actions involving negligence, fraud and contractual issues.  We also represent brokers, agents and firms in trade secret and business competition disputes.


We defend real estate appraisers against civil claims, as well as before the state licensure and certificate boards.  Our experience ranges from simple professional negligence to violations of USPAP and AQB requirements.

Architects and Engineers

MZFC is skilled in in representing architects and engineers as individual professionals, design professional firms, design joint ventures and design teams. Matters include claims arising out of alleged errors and omissions related to the provision of professional services on numerous types of projects, including commercial, industrial and residential developments.

Directors and Officers

MZFC defends claims brought against corporate directors and officers, running the gamut from shareholder derivative suits to claims of breach of fiduciary duty, self-dealing, usurpation of corporate opportunities, unlawful distribution of corporate assets, employment-related and other torts, alter ego claims, and a wide variety of breach of contract and commercial litigation.

Recent Successes

Defended life insurance company and broker in complex lawsuit related to alleged professional negligence and breach of life insurance contract.  The matter settled favorably for the clients.

Defended insurance broker in case in which broker allegedly failed to procure a “key man” policy for the executive of an Oregon real estate firm.  The case attracted significant press attention, and was ultimately settled on favorable terms for our client.

Defended insurance broker accused of switching an entire portfolio of life insurance contracts in a wealthy clients trust for commission purposes. The case involved complex analysis of the old policies versus the new ones.  Case settled on favorable terms.

Defended insurance broker in case involving policy lapse.  Matter settled with nuisance contribution from our client.