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We stick to what we know,
and it shows


Lerch Sturmer is laser focused on litigation and insurance coverage in California for:


  • Professional liability

  • Insurance litigation and coverage advice

  • Bad faith

  • Tort liability

  • Employment practices liability 


Over the years we’ve successfully resolved hundreds of legal malpractices cases, many of which resulted in defense verdicts for our clients. Here are just a few standouts:


  • In a headline-making case in the federal district court against our client, a law firm defendant, the jury rejected a bankruptcy trustee’s aggressive demand for an award of over $35,000,000 in out-of-pocket losses, and an attempt to impose personal liability on the law firm’s partners and claw back legal fees, deciding that our client did not have any liability. 

  • Defeated a class certification motion in a legal malpractice case arising from a Ponzi scheme, in which over 50 claimants sought damages in excess of $150,000,000 against a law firm, which resulted in the voluntary dismissal of the case against our client.

  • Favorable published opinion by the federal District Court for the Northern District of California dismissing a private law firm representing a Native American tribe in a commercial dispute on grounds of prosecutorial immunity following a published Ninth Circuit opinion.

  • Verdict for the defense reached after a seven-week jury trial in an emotionally charged legal malpractice dispute against a high-profile family law firm, where there was a demand to the jury to award in excess of $7,000,000 in general damages and punitive damages.   

  • Defense verdict for a law firm in a complex professional liability jury trial with damages alleged to be in excess of $80,000,000 arising from an underlying trademark infringement claim. 

  • After hard-fought litigation, negotiated a favorable settlement of a significant catastrophic personal injury case against an international corporation where punitive damages were sought and the demands were in excess of $35,000,000. 


Big numbers and big opponents don’t scare us. We fight for you. We fight for fair. And we fight for what’s right.




The professional liability and insurance coverage matters we defend and supervise include claims against lawyers, insurance agents and brokers, real estate agents and brokers, professional fiduciaries, architects and engineers.


Our experience covers:


  • For over 25 years, continuing management of a successful program for lawyers’ legal malpractice for Lloyd’s.

  • Litigating difficult insurance coverage cases arising from a variety of underlying claims – including elder abuse and breach of fiduciary duty – on behalf of insurers. 

  • For over 20 years, we have been representing one of the largest financial institutions in the United States on trust and general liability claims alleging significant exposure and catastrophic personal injuries.

  • Handling class-action litigation, prevailing in denying class certification, and overseeing both wage and hour class action litigation for a variety of employers. We’ve also defended employers in race, gender, national origin and retaliation cases in state and federal court, and before the DFEH and EEOC.

  • Advising northern California businesses on employment practices liability exposures, counseling them on risk mitigation techniques to avoid employment claims, and defending employment litigation involving claims of wrongful termination, discrimination, and wage and hour violations.



We enjoy our work because the issues we address on a daily basis are cutting-edge, often involving high stakes “bet-the-company” litigation. Our work is challenging, and our solutions to tackling it, creative.


And with our decades of courtroom legal experience, we can craft both an early exit strategy and a carefully tailored discovery plan that’s as efficient and economical, as it is effective.

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