Professional Liability

Babchik & Young offers a complete array of services to organizations and individuals whose careers focus on providing professional advice.  In our litigious society, even the most careful and seasoned professional may face legal claims.

When such challenges arise, these professionals must have seasoned and skilled counsel able to vigorously defend all claims while protecting the professional’s good name and reputation.  Babchik & Young remains on the forefront of this fast-developing area of law and is regularly selected by professionals and their insurers to defend against claims alleging violation of professional or ethical standards.

Our representative professional clients include:

  • Accountants;      
  • Architects and Engineers;
  • Attorneys;
  • Insurance Agents and Brokers;
  • Real Estate Agents and Appraisers; and
  • Various miscellaneous professionals ranging from computer designers to diamond appraisers to process servers to metallurgists.

We believe that a speedy and economical resolution is often the best outcome for the business professional but when a case cannot be resolved, our litigation experience and trial exposure ranges from simple proceedings to administrative hearings to complex trials and appeals.  

Babchik & Young also offers a wide variety of other services to professionals, including transactional services, business counseling and contract review.

Some of our representative decisions include:

  • FDIC Bank and NetBank USA v. LDC Residential Appraisal Service and Laura Cromer (United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York; defendants’ trial verdict dismissing plaintiff’s claims against defendant real estate appraisers);
  • Old Republic v. Fairmont (Supreme Court of the State of New York: Appellate Division; reversing summary judgment against insurance broker and directing plaintiff to produce discovery concerning audits about policies issued to broker’s clients);
  • Rabiea v. Stein (Supreme Court of the State of New York: Appellate Division; affirming dismissal of claims against attorney sounding in defamation);
  • Barrett v. Freifeld (Supreme Court of the State of New York, Appellate Division; reversing the denial of summary judgment to an accounting firm on the basis that plaintiff lacked privity with the defendant accountants);
  • Matter of 91st Street Crane Collapse Litigation v. City of New York, et. al. (Supreme Court of the State of New York, New York County; granting summary judgment to metallurgist in two wrongful death suits based on lack of duty to plaintiffs’ decedents); and
  • Parkash v. Charbonneau (United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; affirming dismissal of complaint against Special Prosecutor since plaintiff failed to adequately allege that prosecution of plaintiff was illegitimate or that there was selective enforcement).