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Horvitz & Levy is a solutions-based firm focused on appellate success. We are distinguished by our commitment to responsive service and on-going innovation in the areas of civil appellate litigation, amicus curiae support, and trial strategy consultation.

Our firm history, honors and awards, and locations speak to our collaborative approach and commitment to serving clients as well as the outstanding legal resources we bring to bear.


Attorney conduct in California is governed by a complex and evolving set of rules and guidelines emanating from various authorities: the California Rules of Professional Conduct, state and federal case law, local and California ethics opinions, American Bar Association Rules, and the Restatement of the Law Governing Lawyers.  Horvitz & Levy helps its clients navigate these waters, handling high-stakes appeals involving a wide range of professional responsibility issues, including attorney disqualification, claims for legal malpractice, malicious prosecution, and the responsibilities of professionals in other areas (real estate brokers, trustees, etc.).  

Contact Lisa Perrochet or Steven S. Fleischman for more information about our Professional Responsibility and Liability Practice.

Franklin v. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital

Horvitz & Levy successfully defends summary judgment for hospital in medical malpractice action on actual and ostensible agency grounds.

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Flores v. Liu

California Court of Appeal affirms a jury verdict, despite a finding of instructional error, in a professional negligence action against a surgeon

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Horiike v. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Company

California Supreme Court holds that buyer in real estate transaction is owed a fiduciary duty by salesperson who represents the seller

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McClatchy v. Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass, LLP

Court of Appeal affirms ruling in favor of San Francisco law firm in probate dispute

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Li v. Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

California Court of Appeal affirms order denying motion to strike malicious prosecution action against Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.

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Kirk v. First American Title Insurance Company

California Court of Appeal issues opinion approving the use of ethical screens to avoid vicarious law firm disqualification.

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PrediWave Corporation v. Simpson Thacher & Bartlett et al.

California Court of Appeal reverses trial court order that dismissed $2 billion attorney malpractice suit under anti-SLAPP statute.

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Martin v. Inland Empire Utilities Agency

Appellant's opening brief successfully arguing that opposing counsel should be disqualified for excessively reviewing privileged attorney-client communications and using them during discovery, in violation of the California Supreme Court decision in Rico v. Mitsubishi Motors Corp. (2007) 42 Cal.4th 807.

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Beal Bank v. Arter & Hadden

California Supreme Court brief arguing against tolling of statute of limitations for attorney malpractice claim.

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Department of Corporations v. SpeeDee Oil Change Systems

California Supreme Court brief arguing for vicarious disqualification of law firm based on conflict of interest involving attorney who was "of counsel" to the firm.

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