When you retain a professional, you deserve professional services.  I can help if a professional failed to meet the minimum standards required, and you suffered damages as a result.

Boston Professional Malpractice Attorney – Serving the Greater Boston Community for Home Inspector, Accountant, Attorney, and Other Malpractice

As a Massachusetts malpractice attorney, I represent those who have been harmed by the negligent advice and services provided by professionals, including:

  • Home Inspectors
  • Accountants
  • Attorneys
  • Architects
  • Financial Services Professionals
  • Other professionals

I serve clients in Wellesley, Newton, and throughout the Greater Boston area. 

If you have been harmed by sub-standard advice or services, please contact me so that I can learn about your case and explain the legal options that may be available.  Please also look at the information on this site to learn more about professional malpractice and see answers to commonly-asked questions.

What Constitutes Professional Malpractice?

Malpractice is defined as the failure to adhere to the “standard of care” for a particular profession. In order to prove malpractice, a plaintiff (the person bringing the lawsuit) needs to establish three points:

  1. The plaintiff had a professional-to-client relationship with the defendant.
  2. The professional person (such as the attorney, accountant, or home inspector) rendered services below the acceptable standard of care for the profession; and
  3. The rendering of those services below the acceptable standard of care caused the plaintiff damage or loss.

Professional Malpractice

The Professional-Client Relationship

Malpractice law requires that there be a client relationship. This becomes particularly problematic in legal malpractice cases, where someone who did not have an attorney-client relationship with the defendant attorney claims that the attorney’s malpractice caused them a loss.

In nearly every instance our courts have ruled that the absence of a client relationship between the plaintiff and the defendant attorney defeats any malpractice claim. There are limited exceptions (e.g. where an attorney representing the bank at a real estate closing fails to record certain documents from the closing and the buyer or seller sue the closing attorney).

Proving the Standard of Care Required

In most instances, the standard of care must be established through the testimony of an expert witness who is a professional in that field.  So, for example, in legal malpractice cases, attorneys or law professors as often use as experts.

There are instances in which no expert is needed, such as when there are standards of practice that the defendant has identified as being applicable to his/her own professional work, and where there is evidence that the defendant has violated those standards.


In order to prevail in a malpractice case, the plaintiff must also show that damages were sustained directly because of the negligent advice or services.  For instance, if a home inspector declared that a home to be purchased was in good structural condition when in fact the walls were severely damaged due to termites, the home inspector could be liable for the cost of termite remediation and other necessary repairs.


Your Case

If you have suffered damages due to the negligent advice or services of a professional, please contact me.  Once I learn about the facts of your case, I can advise you about your options and how I can help.


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Alan is great. Mine was a pretty small action against a company that went bankrupt right after we filed. Alan treated it the same way I imagine he’d treat a big case against a corporate – and profitable – giant. He was relentless, dogged and pushed it to a very satisfactory conclusion. He’s the man.

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