Members of Reback, McAndrews & Blessey LLP have represented a number of individual accountants and small and medium sized accounting firms in accountancy malpractice actions. Cases handled by the firm have involved claims of wrongdoing in the provision of accounting services including, but not limited to:
- Investment Advice
- Individual Tax
- Litigation Support
- Business Tax
Members of the firm have delivered lectures and seminars to insurance companies and accountants’ associations on various subjects involving the avoidance and handling of accountancy malpractice actions. In addition, the firm has continuously worked with prominent members of the nations’ largest accounting firms who have served as consultants and experts on behalf of the firm’s clients.
Through their experience, members of the firm have developed an organized approach to handling accountancy malpractice cases which allows them to aggressively and efficiently bring these matters to an appropriate conclusion.
As in the area of medical malpractice, the attorneys of Reback, McAndrews & Blessey LLP, have extensive experience in representing dental practitioners against claims of malpractice and misconduct.
We have been involved in the defense of dental clinics, surgeons and specialists in the following specialties:
- Oral Radiology
- Pediatric Dentistry
- Cosmetic Dentistry
- Oral Surgery
- Managed Care Practice
- General Dentistry
- Oral Anesthesiology
Reback, McAndrews & Blessey LLP, has been successful in the defense of dental practitioners both at arbitration and trial level. Our unique experience includes both knowledge of issues particular to dentistry and a strong civil litigation foundation. The firm is familiar with the most prominent experts in all fields of dentistry which enables this office to obtain reliable expert opinions to promptly and accurately evaluate cases. Our expertise in defending dental malpractice actions has enabled the firm to streamline the defense of these actions and to efficiently, aggressively and productively bring matters to a favorable conclusion in today’s litigious environment.
The principals of Reback, McAndrews & Blessey LLP have represented various facets of the corporate and business communities in many aspects of employment law before civil and administrative bodies at the federal, state and local levels. Recently, given tremendous fluctuations in the state and national economies, and recent coverage in the broadcast and print media, there has been a prolific rise in employment related claims in the following areas:
- Wrongful termination
- Racial discrimination
- Sexual discrimination
- Sexual harassment
- Age discrimination
- Religious discrimination
- Marital status discrimination
- Discrimination based upon mental and/or physical disabilities
- Invasion of privacy
- Americans with Disabilities Act
These claims have become increasingly troublesome to our clients subjecting them to enormous economic and human costs including impairment in productivity, substantial potential financial losses, and emotional and mental upheaval.
In response to our clients’ needs, Reback, McAndrews & Blessey LLP has committed itself to the development of an employment law practice which provides risk management and civil litigation representation specializing in the defense of businesses, corporations, partnerships, joint ventures, sole proprietorships and other organizational entities. In the arena of civil litigation, Reback, McAndrews & Blessey LLP has experienced extraordinary success, which is evidenced by more than 75 Defense Verdicts in the last two years. As a product of that trial experience, we have amassed a very capable and sophisticated litigation support system utilizing private investigators, psychiatric and medical consultants, vocational rehabilitation consultants and forensic financial damage analysts.
Our risk management services include the design and implementation of company policies and procedures which facilitate a productive and satisfying work environment by protecting both the employee from discriminatory and illegal employment practices and management from potential legal claims. Reback, McAndrews & Blessey LLP, on request, also analyzes and studies existing policies and procedures and offers cost effective solutions to minimize the risk of future claims.
We at Reback, McAndrews & Blessey LLP have developed expertise in years of handling difficult complex litigation. As a result, we are able to provide superior legal representation. In fact, the partners and associates of Reback, McAndrews & Blessey LLP have successfully litigated cases against some of the nation’s most prominent plaintiff advocate trial lawyers.
Our range of experience in the handling of General Liability and Casualty matters includes automobile collisions, premises liability, construction defect, product liability, battery, defamation, special investigations/fraud, common carrier liability, fire loss, peculiar risk and government tort liability.
The breadth of this practice has been attained by representing some of the nation’s largest insurance companies. In serving our clients, we have become keenly aware of the rising cost of litigation. In response, we have designed cost-effective strategies employed in the defense of our clients. Notwithstanding our policy of cost-effectiveness, we at Reback, McAndrews & Blessey LLP have continued to provide quality legal representation tailored to our clients’ specific needs and concerns.
The partners of Reback, McAndrews & Blessey LLP have collectively over 50 years of experience in representing clients in the areas of coverage, bad faith and declaratory relief. Given this experience, we understand the importance of maintaining a close relationship with our clients, thereby enabling us to provide quality legal representation in a multitude of circumstances.
Reback, McAndrews & Blessey LLP is able to provide insurance carriers with coverage advice pertaining to claims under property and general liability insurance policies. We also offer guidance on coverage issues under commercial, homeowners, errors and omissions and other specialty policies. Our coverage opinions include in-depth analyses of issues addressing the duty to defend and indemnify under such policies, and are presented in a thorough, concise and reliable fashion. Our close relationship with our clients enables us to identify and prepare solutions on coverage issues before they develop into coverage problems. Our clients have included some of the insurance industries’ largest and most widely recognized insurance companies.
Our trial attorneys are superb advocates with a record of success, nearly unparalleled. We have defended our clients in the face of contract, declaratory relief and bad faith actions and in a multitude of forums including State and Federal Court, Arbitrations, Mediations, and Administrative Hearings.
Our insurance practice is founded upon principles of efficiency, results, and client satisfaction.
Over the years, prominent attorneys in Southern California have turned to members of Reback, McAndrews & Blessey LLP to represent them in actions of alleged legal malpractice and State Bar proceedings. Members of the firm have also served as panel counsel to the Los Angeles County Bar Association in its defense of legal malpractice claims. The firm has defended individual attorneys and small, medium, and large firms accused of malpractice in a broad range of matters including, but not limited to:
- Personal Injury
- Medical Malpractice
- Family Law
- Debt Collection
- Business Litigation
- Intellectual Property
- Breach of Contract
- Real Estate
- Business Transactions
Members of the firm are frequently called upon by law schools, insurance companies and bar associations to lecture on various topics involving the avoidance and handling of legal malpractice claims. Given the prominence of the firm’s members in the legal community, the firm has enjoyed access to the area’s most respected judges and attorneys who have served as consultants and experts on behalf of the firm’s clients. James Kjar is certified by the State Bar of California as a Legal Malpractice Specialist.
The attorneys of Reback, McAndrews & Blessey LLP are keenly aware of the special attention that is required in handling legal malpractice matters. While ever aggressive in the handling of such cases, members of the firm recognize the importance of taking time to solicit and consider input from their attorney clients and to explain the reasons for a given strategic decision. As in all cases, the firm works closely with its attorney clients to reach an expeditious and cost-efficient result which best serves the clients’ interests.
Partners of the firm include several widely recognized trial lawyers who specialize in the defense of healthcare providers in both the civil and administrative arenas. Given our vast years of experience as trial lawyers, we have represented healthcare providers in every specialty including physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians’ assistants, hospitals and medical groups.
It is the practice of Reback, McAndrews & Blessey LLP to provide our clients with the most aggressive, expeditious and cost-effective defense possible. In doing so, we remain ever vigilant of the particular concerns of our clients. Our success in this regard is evidenced by one of the highest rates of defense verdicts obtained in medical malpractice cases tried either in a court of law, administrative hearings or arbitration forum. We have available as consultants some of the nation’s most prominent and respected physicians.
During the recent proliferation and growth of managed medical care, Reback, McAndrews & Blessey LLP has developed expertise in representing health maintenance organizations, independent physicians’ associations, and other group healthcare insurance related entities. The firm has successfully tried numerous cases involving the often intertwining issues of medical malpractice, breach of contract, and alleged bad faith insurance practices.
In addition, the partners of Reback, McAndrews & Blessey LLP have delivered lectures and seminars on the subject of medical malpractice to some of the country’s finest law schools, medical malpractice insurance carriers, lawyers associations, and medical institutions.
After the state of California enacted a comprehensive legislative plan intended to protect elderly and dependent adults from both physical and financial abuse, there has been a surge in claims being made against corporate and individual healthcare providers for alleged violations of this act. Reback, McAndrews & Blessey has defended these claims from the inception of the California Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act and continues to protect the interests of healthcare providers and long-term care providers against these allegations. The firm has successfully litigated lawsuits of this nature against a number of plaintiff attorneys and law firms—located both inside and outside the state of California—who specialize in the prosecution of these claims. The attorneys at our firm are well versed in the unique issues faced by individuals and corporate entities operating in one of the most heavily regulated industries in California. The types of clients we have defended in these matters are briefly described below:
- Physicians. The firm has defended individual doctors who have been sued for treating patients in a variety of situations. This includes office care, health clinics, hospitals, and residential care facilities. The firm also has extensive experience representing doctors who are sued in their administrative capacities at hospitals and residential care facilities.
- Nurses and Nurses Registries. Our firm has defended both individual nurses and nursing registry services in the context of treating patients in hospitals, residential care facilities, and in private homes.
- Long-Term Care Facilities. The firm has considerable experience representing local skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, independent living facilities, and residential care facilities, as well as large national corporations that own and manage such facilities in many states including California.
- Hospitals. RMKWS regularly defends hospitals of all sizes in the Southern California area for care related to elder and dependent adult abuse cases.
- Hospice Care. RMKWS has represented numerous hospice care providers in negligence, elder, and dependent adult abuse cases, including the largest provider of hospice care in the United States.
Reback, McAndrews & Blessey has developed comprehensive resources for hiring the appropriate and necessary experts to address all aspects of elder abuse cases, including physicians, nurses, home healthcare providers, hospice providers, statutory and regulatory compliance experts, as well as individuals with experience in owning and managing residential care facilities.
At Reback, McAndrews & Blessey LLP, our attorneys have significant experience involving real estate matters, including representation of brokers, agents and agencies on claims of malpractice, fraud, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty, as well as disputes over fees and commissions. We have obtained favorable results involving multi-million dollar properties in the greater Los Angeles area, and have successfully recovered fees and costs on behalf of our clients. Because of our experience in both professional liability and general/medical negligence issues, we are often sought to defend claims of personal injury, defects, and dangerous conditions involving real property.
We at Reback, McAndrews & Blessey LLP recognize the importance of education before litigation and endeavor to provide our clients with information and advice to assist in prevention of claims. We enjoy providing educational materials and presentations to our clients and their principals regarding current legal issues and risk prevention. We also recognize the importance of economics and strive to provide our clients with aggressive and efficient representation along with creative solutions that enable us to provide superior legal services at a reasonable cost.
The partners of Reback, McAndrews & Blessey LLP have great experience in developing risk management and loss prevention programs. At the request of their clients, they have assisted many business entities in establishing review procedures for loss prevention and risk management.
As with our insurance practice, the partners of Reback, McAndrews & Blessey LLP have collectively provided decades of service representing insurance companies in their special investigations unit. Having represented some of the nations’ largest insurance companies, we understand that expedience, thoroughness and efficiency are demanded.
To this end, Reback, McAndrews & Blessey LLP has proven experience and resources in areas such as arson, accounting and financial analysis, construction defect, accident reconstruction, computer analysis, medicine, psychiatry and criminal conduct. These resources have proven invaluable in resolving questions pertaining to policy conditions and exclusions, date of loss disputes, concurrent causation, and allocation of defense costs among insureds.
As a derivative of its insurance practice, Reback, McAndrews & Blessey LLP has a unique understanding of State and Federal law which defines and dictates the relationship between the insurance company and its insureds. Our knowledge of insurance law uniquely qualifies Reback, McAndrews & Blessey LLP to conduct investigations, which advance the rights and obligations of both the insurance company and the insured.