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Franke Schultz & Mullen PC

Franke Schultz & Mullen, PC has extensive experience representing professionals including physicians and other healthcare professionals and facilities, attorneys, architects, accountants, engineers and insurance agents and brokers in lawsuits involving allegations of malpractice, negligence and fiduciary violations. Our clients cover the spectrum of the insurance industry and include some of the largest E&O and professional liability insurers in the industry.  With experience in all aspects of professional liability defense, our attorneys are well qualified to handle sensitive issues of confidentiality and the need to work closely with the client in developing a litigation strategy and negotiating settlement, while protecting the impact the case at hand may have on the professional's reputation and ongoing practice.

The firm’s attorneys understand the value of a professional reputation because we have worked hard to build a reputation of our own.  We take pride in the results we have obtained for our clients – results that have led us to garner the honor and respect of fellow attorneys, judges and clients. Since its inception, the firm has continually been selected for inclusion in Best’s Directory of Recommended Insurance Attorneys and has maintained the highest national rating of “AV” for both legal ability and ethical standards by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.  As a further indication of the caliber of legal services we provide, our firm has been classified as a “Recommended Law Firm” by BTI Consulting Group. The firm’s inclusion among the “Best at Client Services,” “Best at Keeping Clients Informed,” and “Best Performing Law Firms” serves as a testament to our commitment to client service.  The attorneys in the firm’s professional liability defense group have also been recognized for their individual legal work including several attorneys selected as Missouri/Kansas “SuperLawyers" by Law and Politics Magazine and "Best of the Bar" by the Kansas City Business Journal.  Other additional honors among this practice group including election to the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel and the American College of Coverage and Extra-contractual Counsel, multiple recipients of the Thomas J. Conway Award for Outstanding Trial Work from the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, the Lon O. Hocker Memorial Trial Lawyer Award from the Missouri Bar Foundation, recognizing unusual proficiency in the art of trial advocacy and the Donald J. Dixon Appellate Advocacy Award from the Missouri Bar Foundation, recognizing outstanding achievement in appellate advocacy. 

We are experienced at providing skilled representation to our clients while complying with the budgeting, billing and reporting guidelines of their professional liability insurance carriers. At the outset of each case, we develop an aggressive and cost-efficient defense strategy specific to our clients’ needs and the individual issues in the case. While our lawyers recognize that most professional liability cases are settled, our philosophy and approach is that a good settlement is achieved only by preparing to try a case, a willingness to do so, and our opponent’s knowledge of such preparation and willingness.