Lawyer Liability

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When deals fall through, parties renege on their promises or litigation results in an adverse outcome, attorneys may face a legal malpractice claim. Seeking someone to blame for their loss, parties may pursue an action against their attorney and allege that the attorney was at fault. However, just because an attorney fails to win a case doesn’t mean the representation was inadequate. Even the best-crafted cases may not fully succeed for countless reasons that do not constitute legal malpractice.

Keenly aware of the financial risks and reputational damage that can ensure from a professional malpractice claim, Segal McCambridge’s team of professional liability attorneys handles these claims with the strictest confidentiality, striving to resolve them quickly on a cost-effective basis. We are skilled at resolving such claims through alternative dispute resolution, confidential early case settlements and, when required, through aggressive litigation.  

Comprehensive Experience and the Right Skill Set

With decades of experience, we have represented, counseled and defended lawyers, law firms and judges regarding a wide variety of allegations, including the following:

  • Legal malpractice
  • Ethical violations
  • Violations of disciplinary rules
  • Commingling of funds
  • Breach of confidentiality
  • Breach of fiduciary duty
  • Breaches of standards of care
  • Bad faith
  • Fraud
  • Failure to present relevant evidence at trial
  • Missed deadlines
  • Overbilling
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Failure to follow proper courtroom or statutory procedures
  • Errors and omissions in litigation or transactional matters
  • Failure to inform the client about a settlement offer or agreeing to a settlement or plea bargain without the client’s consent

We also represent legal malpractice and errors and omissions insurers directly, analyzing coverage, offering coverage opinions, and resolving claims and coverage disputes.

Beyond the Courtroom

Beyond the courtroom, our professional liability team represents lawyers in disciplinary and grievance proceedings before local grievance commissions, disciplinary committees, state bars and licensing boards.Our lawyers also advise clients on professional responsibility issues, standards of care and ethics matters, and help them establish risk management strategies and proper practices/protocols to avoid future liability.