Professional Liability

Officers, directors, and other executives risk potential personal liability from professional malpractice claims, especially when questions arise as to financial management and conflicts of interest. This danger is even more acute to those subject to the governing rules and regulations in the financial industry.

Foley Mansfield provides legal services in the areas of D&O, A&E, professional liability matters (and associated employment-related litigation) and E&O claims.

We regularly defend professionals including accountants, architects, attorneys, engineers, insurance agents, financial advisors, registered representatives and broker/dealers — either directly or through appointment as defense counsel by insurance carriers. Our attorneys are well attuned to industry practices and have particular strength in professional liability disputes.

We have successfully defended a variety of professionals with claims ranging from simple negligence to complex malpractice, with due consideration given for sensitive confidentiality issues and the impact on a professional's career.

We also conduct coverage assessments to help ensure that an insurance policy provides adequate levels of protection, and we offer the appropriate negotiation, mediation or litigation strategies necessary to resolve issues related to insurance coverage and liability.

In addition to experienced litigators, our legal team includes transactional lawyers with backgrounds that include accounting and securities. This presents an unmatched value proposition in these complex financial matters for insurers and the insured.

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Demetra Arapakis Christos

Partner - Chicago / Detroit


Demetra Arapakis Christos is a partner in Foley Mansfield's Chicago and Detroit offices, and is the chair of the firm's Professional Liability practice group. She is an experienced commercial and civil litigator with more than a decade of successfully defending businesses and select individuals. Her areas of focus include E&O and D&O liability, employment disputes, complex coverage matters, construction defects, and toxic tort litigation. Demetra is also a trained mediator.


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