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Legal Malpractice By Neglect

A trial last week was a great example of a common malpractice scenario: simple neglect of the file. A jury rendered a $338,000.00 verdict against a lawyer that simply refused to prosecute a worker’s compensation claim. According to an article discussing the case, the lawyer was hired, but the case was dismissed for failure to…

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Sometimes Lawyers That Make Errors Can Get Off The Hook

The US Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals decided a case yesterday that demonstrates that ethics violations aren’t enough in legal malpractice claims.  Greatly simplifying the case, the law firm, Dorsey & Whitney, prepared a package of loans for an investment bank.  The investment bank sold the package to 32 independent banks who loaned the money to the…

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Blackwater's Legal Malpractice Claim Is Thrown Out Again

I’ve chronicled the suit filed by Blackwater against its law firm, Wiley Rein. After losing a suit brought by the families of four employees who were killed in Iraq, Blackwater sued the firm saying that the firm committed legal malpractice by not invoking the proper statute in an effort to remove the suit from state…

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Blackwater's Legal Malpractice Claim Thrown Out

We had earlier reported that defense contractor, Blackwater, filed a legal malpractice case against its law firm for failing to properly remove the case to federal court, where Blackwater thought the wrongful death claims brought against it would be dismissed. Today, the Blog of Legal Times, reports that the legal malpractice claims were dismissed. The…

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Saying "I'm Sorry" To Prevent Legal Mal Claims

A few weeks ago, I posted portions of a speech I gave that discussed  “8 Ways to Avoid Legal Malpractice Claims.”  Number 5 on that list was: 5. Say “I’m Sorry.”  If you make a mistake, you have an obligation to tell your client, and in the process, let them know that you’re sorry.  A simple…

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New Legal Malpractice Issues At The Texas Supreme Court

Earlier this month, the Texas Supreme Court heard arguments in a legal malpractice case that could have far-reaching implications on damage claims. The case stems from Akin, Gump’s representation of National Development & Research Corp. in underlying litigation.  NDR hired Akin, Gump to represent it in a lawsuit against some of NDR’s business partners.  At…

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Another Legal Mal Claim Against Big Law

Mega law firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Hedges has been hit with a legal malpractice lawsuit that claims the firm botched a $48.8 million settlement, even as the firm collected approximately $12 million in contingency fees on the deal. Todd Kurtin hired Quinn Emanuel to represent him in the unwinding of his business relationships.  Under…

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8 Tips To Avoid Legal Malpractice Claims

On November 19, I gave a speech to a joint meeting of the Austin Bar Association’s Solo and Small Firm and Women’s Lawyer Sections. Part of that speech was 8 ways to avoid legal malpractice claims, and I’ve been asked by one of the attorneys in attendance to post those tips here. I can’t repost…

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An Attorney Stealing From Clients

Louisville lawyer Hans Poppe reports today on a Louisville lawyer that has been accused of stealing from his clients.  Most notably, a $1 million estate seems to have disappeared.  Unfortunately, Mr. Poppe appears to think the case may be an example of what we consider the #1 rule of legal malpractice cases:  the attorney’s culpability is…

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A Law Firm Sued 22 Times?

The Poppe Law Firm (who I thought were Louisville personal injury attorneys) have another great legal malpractice post.  This time, the post describes an Augusta criminal law firm that has been sued for legal malpractice 23 times. I won’t detail the post, but it’s worth a read. On a similar topic, we have previously posted…

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