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Tim Soefje - 04--09-18

 For more than 20 years, Timothy B. Soefje has represented professionals in malpractice claims, including lawyers and law firms, architects, engineers, design professionals, medical professionals, insurance agents/brokers, real estate agents/brokers, directors and officers, and others. He is admitted to practice law in Texas and Oklahoma.

 He also counsels professionals on a wide range of ethical issues, client fee disputes, grievances, claims avoidance, and risk management matters. He has developed a 10-part video series for A&E professionals available HERE.

Mr. Soefje represents both businesses, governmental entities, and individual clients in large, complex  construction, business, commercial, and partnership litigation. Mr. Soefje also regularly defends trucking & auto, product, premises, dram shop, and catastrophic personal injury claims, and federal and state class actions.

Mr. Soefje is a certified Texas mediator, completing his certification at the nationally-recognized University of Texas School of Law Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution Center. He focuses his mediation practice on the resolution of professional liability, fee dispute, personal injury, construction defect, real estate, and commercial matters.

Mr. Soefje currently serves as an outside consultant to OmniSure Consulting Group, LLC, a national leader in risk management and loss control services in architectural, engineering, and design professionals and medical negligence space. He is a regular contributor and speaker for seminars, webinars, and educational training programs, as well as a contributing writer and editor to industry publications. He also writes a blog Professional Liability Update.

As a former public relations professional and daily newspaper news editor, Mr. Soefje  effectively provides large and small clients with crisis and disaster management leadership. He regularly provides professional development, seminars, webinars, training and other education for architects, engineers, and design professionals.

Mr. Soefje also represents college-level coaches in contract negotiation, employment consultation, NCAA compliance assistance, and business development. He can assists both coaches and universities with NCAA internal investigations, social media training, crises management, and Title IX consultation and litigation. Mr. Soefje is an active member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) and serves as the PGF Southwest Regional Director.

Mr. Soefje is rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™. He also is a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas, which includes less than .05 percent of lawyers in Texas. He serves as the Co-Chair of the Professional Liability Defense Federation’s Miscellaneous Professional Liability Committee. He was featured by the Professional Liability Underwriters in its #PLUSin30 series as part of the 2017 PLUS International Convention.

Follow Tim on Twitter at @TimSoefje. For more information, visit at www.realclearcounsel.com, or contact Mr. Soefje at tsoefje@realclearcounsel.com

Nicole Ward Headshot - 10-31-17

Nicole Ward graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in May 2017.  Her practice focuses on labor and employment law, professional liability, construction defect litigation, corporate law, and bankruptcy. She previously interned in-house for the general counsel at a nationwide building materials supplier and for an Administrative Law Judge at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). At OU, she was a member of the Order of Solicitors, and won the Best Brief Award at the 29th Annual Ruby R. Vale Interscholastic Corporate Moot Court Competition. She served as a member of the Organization for the Advancement of Women Lawyers and served as a CASA volunteer.


Mr. Zachary A. Hirsch, J.D. is a guest contributor. He is the President & CEO of the Hirsch Insurance Brokerage, LLC.  Founded in 2010, the Hirsch Insurance Brokerage is dedicated to the professional liability and commercial insurance needs of law firms throughout the United States.

Mr. Hirsch blends his knowledge of both insurance and the law to create a niche brokerage with its primary focus on lawyers’ professional liability insurance. For the last 10 years, Mr. Hirsch has worked as a specialty insurance broker dealing with risks, such as lawyers’ professional liability, employment practices liability and cyber security. Mr. Hirsch Insurance Brokerage is a full service independent commercial brokerage that handles all aspects of a law firms insurance needs, including risk management advice.

While Mr. Hirsch focuses most of his time on his brokerage, he works as an expert witness on insurance related matters, testifying on such topics as insurance agent/broker standard of care.  In addition, he regularly speaks on professional liability related topics and writing articles and blogs relating to the field.

A graduate of Arizona State University,  Mr. Hirsch earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a Juris Doctorate from the South Texas College of Law.  While studying at South Texas College of Law, he received the International Legal Fraternity, Phi Delta Phi’s award given of the highest grade in Insurance Law.

Follow Zach on Twitter at @Hirschinsurance. For more information, visit www.hirschinsuranceagency.com, or contact Mr. Hirsch at zach@hirschinsuranceagency.com.

Autumn Keefer - 07-13-18Autumn Keefer is a former law clerk with the boutique firm of Seltzer Chadwick Soefje & Ladik, PLLC based in Dallas, Texas. She enrolled at Southern Methodist University School of Law in the fall 2018. Ms. Keefer holds a Masters Of Legal Studies from Texas State University.  For more information, visit us at www.realclearcounsel.com or contact her atalk66@txstate.edu 


sbaldwinSamuel P. Baldwin is Of Counsel at the boutique firm of Seltzer Chadwick Soefje & Ladik, PLLC based in Dallas, Texas. He is admitted in Texas. His practice focuses on the defense of professional liability, construction defect, and complex commercial litigation claims. For regular information about professional liability matters, follow him on Twitter at @Sam_Baldwin5 and search #ProfessionalLiability. For more information, visit us at www.realclearcounsel.com or contact him at sbaldwin@realclearcounsel.com.


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