Nicole M. Ehrhart

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Nicole is a member of the firm's Professional Liability Department where she devotes a significant portion of her practice to the representation and defense of professionals in claims and suits brought against them in federal and state courts throughout Pennsylvania. She regularly represents the interests of attorneys, architects, engineers, land surveyors, real estate professionals, including agents, brokers, appraisers, home inspectors and insurance agents and brokers.  Nicole also regularly provides advice and counsel to attorneys in best practices in order to avoid legal malpractice and professional negligence claims. Because many legal malpractice suits have a basis in underlying actions, Nicole has developed a wide range of understanding in real estate, contracts, design defects, divorce proceedings, estate administration, personal injury and business transactions.

Nicole also defends attorneys with respect to civil rights claims and intentional claims for wrongful use of civil proceedings and defamation actions.  In cases where a lawsuit has not yet been filed, Nicole has advised clients in a claims avoidance and/or mitigation capacity, including navigating through conflicts of interest that may arise through the course of a lawyer's representation. 

As a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association's sub-committee on Professional Responsibility and Ethics, Nicole has served as a speaker on professional ethics and malpractice avoidance at local county bar association functions and conferences.

In 2005, Nicole earned her juris doctor from Widener University School of Law graduating in the top 15% of her class. While in law school, she was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society as well as the Trial Advocacy Honor Society. Nicole also participated in the Regional National Appellate Advocacy Competition and the Harrisburg Civil Law Clinic.

Classes/Seminars Taught

Special Considerations in Representing Attorneys – Mitigating Lawyer Animus, PLDF Annual Conference, October 2018

Current Issues in Legal Malpractice Litigation and Malpractice Avoidance, Bucks County and Lancaster County Bench Bar Conferences, October 2015

Malpractice Avoidance Program, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Central Pennsylvania, 2013 through present.

Current Issues in Legal Malpractice Litigation and Malpractice Avoidance, Cumberland County Bar Association, June 2013

Published Works

Pennsylvania Legal Malpractice Handbook, 2017 Edition, Published by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, Co-author 

"My Attorney Told Me To … Opening the Door and Waiver of the Attorney-Client Privilege," Defense Digest, Vol. 22, No. 1, March 2016

 “Settling Party Beware: A Claim for Legal Malpractice Cannot Survive When a Plaintiff Knowingly Settles the Underlying Case,” Defense Digest, Vol. 21, No. 3, September 2015

"Superior Court Opens the Door for Plaintiffs To Recover Consequential Damages in Legal Malpractice Actions in Assumpsit," Defense Digest, Vol. 19, No. 1, March 2013

Admissions
Pennsylvania
2005
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania
U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
Education
Widener University School of Law (J.D., 2005)
Elizabethtown College (B.S., cum laude, 2001)
Associations & memberships
Dauphin County Bar Association
Pennsylvania Bar Association
York County Bar Association
Professional Liability Defense Federation, Vice Chair Design Professional Committee 2018-2019
Year joined
2012