Pansky Markle Ham LLP was originally founded in 1989 as Pansky & Markle by Ellen Pansky and R. Gerald Markle -1950-2004 (read Obituary here) with the commitment to provide highest quality legal services to attorneys and other licensed professionals, at fair and reasonable fees. In January 2009, Pansky Markle Ham LLP was formed with Ellen A. Pansky and James I. Ham as partners. Pansky Markle Ham LLP believes in resolving its clients’ cases or matters expeditiously and favorably. With this philosophy, Pansky Markle Ham LLP has earned an outstanding reputation for expertise in the areas of State Bar disciplinary defense, legal ethics consultations, and the defense and prosecution of legal malpractice claims.

At intake, each and every new matter is carefully analyzed either by Ms. Pansky or Mr. Ham and a case specific strategy is developed. Cases are regularly monitored to ensure that the case strategy is followed or modified as required by the development of the matter. As appropriate in each matter, background work and legal support services are performed by experienced staff.

In the defense of both State Bar disciplinary matters and legal malpractice claims, the firm has become masterful at early resolution on favorable terms. The firm believes that, if the case can be resolved quickly, it should be. This approach is particularly helpful to clients who have no insurance coverage, and who therefore must bear the cost of their own defense. This philosophy is also greatly appreciated by insurance carriers who utilize the firm’s services.

Ms. Pansky testifies regularly as an expert in the areas of legal ethics, professional responsibility and general standard of care in the profession. In serving as consulting experts, Mr. Ham and Ms. Pansky each bring to the analysis of a given issue, decades of extensive practical experience as litigators, appellate advocates, commentators on legal ethics and the disciplinary system, and skill as strategists in finding workable solutions to thorny problems.

Pansky Markle Ham LLP also accepts select plaintiff’s malpractice cases. In past years, the firm has negotiated through confidential settlements, recoveries exceeding $1 million in a number of cases.

The firm is also committed to maintaining the highest level of communication with clients and/or carriers. It is our practice to consult the client and/or the carrier’s authorized representative regarding litigation decisions, particularly those which may involve a significant expense. While we strongly advocate in favor of activities which we believe will foster the successful conclusion of a case, we remain sensitive to the cost concerns of clients and carriers. Our efforts to fully inform those served by our efforts extend beyond mere reporting, and are calculated to take full advantage of all resources available to successfully defend each case, including input from the client. We measure our success through client satisfaction.