Posts Tagged ‘Austin Legal Malpractice’

San Antonio Jury Hits Akin Gump With $72.6 Million Verdict

Last Thursday, a San Antonio jury returned a $72.6 million dollar verdict against Akin, Gump in a case where the plaintiff alleged that the patent lawyers failed to properly obtain patents on a device that the plaintiff invented. The verdict is another in the trend of larger verdicts against large law firms.  The American Bar Association publishes a…

Read More

Corporate Lawyers – Advise The Officers And Employees Who You Represent

It’s not an uncommon fact pattern.  A corporate officer or employee will be testifying at a deposition or in a courtroom with the corporation’s lawyer present.  The officer/employee says something bad that subjects themeselves to liability.  And when things go south, the officer/employee ends up suing the corporation’s attorney for not protecting the officer/employee. In such…

Read More

Ponzi Schemes Make For Strange Bedfellows

Lawsuits about Ponzi schemes seem to be all the rage now.  At the end of last year, mega-firm Holland & Knight formed a Madoff Advisory Group.  The head of the group stated that: Holland & Knight is already assisting a number of companies, financial institutions, charitable foundations and individuals who have been impacted by the…

Read More

Billy Blanks Loses More Than Body Fat

In 2005, Tae Bo creator Billy Blanks won a $30 million legal malpractice verdict against Seyfarth Shaw based on allegations that the firm failed to file court papers on time in the right venue.  Earlier this week, a California appellate court found that the damage instructions were improper and sent the case back to the…

Read More

An Example of Why Legal Malpractice Claims Are So Expensive

I often have the misfortune of having to explain to prospective clients that even though their previous attorneys had acted in a way that is almost unthinkable, I can’t help them because they weren’t hurt enough.  I have to explain that legal malpractice cases are expensive and that the damages have to be significant to justify the…

Read More

Lawyers – Avoid the Unintended Client

Part of my standard spiel to lawyers on “how to avoid malpractice claims” is for the lawyer to take steps to avoid becoming the unintended lawyer.  Any time there are multiple potential parties who think they may rely on the attorney’s advice, the attorney needs to clarify in writing who the attorney does and does not represent. This problem can occur in…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More