Best Lawyers for Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs in America

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Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Professional Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Professional Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1993
  • Location:
    Albany, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs DUI / DWI Defense Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Criminal Defense: General Practice Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1993
  • Location:
    Buffalo, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Bet-the-Company Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Criminal Defense: General Practice Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Commercial Litigation Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Insurance Bet-the-Company Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Trusts and Estates Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Litigation - Banking and Finance
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1995
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Banking and Finance Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Litigation - Securities
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2001
  • Location:
    Richmond, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Employment Law - Individuals Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Civil Rights Law Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Englewood, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Professional Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation Construction Law Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Commercial Litigation Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Professional Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1983
  • Location:
    Troy, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: General Practice Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs DUI / DWI Defense Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Family Law Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Practice Areas:
    Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Litigation - Real Estate
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Kansas City, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Professional Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Banking and Finance Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Professional Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Litigation - Construction Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Securities Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Professional Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1993
  • Location:
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
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Gary L. Sasso

Carlton Fields, P.A.
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Bet-the-Company Litigation Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Baltimore, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - ERISA Health Care Law Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1995
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants

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Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Definition

Because the laws governing claims against lawyers are complex and evolving, potential plaintiff and defendant lawyers and law firms need to carefully select their counsel.

While former clients are the most common plaintiffs, lawyers, and law firms also can be sued by individuals or entities that they never represented. Former clients typically bring claims for legal malpractice (also known as professional negligence), alleging that a lawyer or law firm failed to properly handle a business transaction, lawsuit, or some other matter. Depending on the circumstances, the former client also may assert claims for breach of contract or breach of fiduciary duty. Persons who were never clients of a lawyer may be able to bring a professional negligence or breach of fiduciary duty claim against the lawyer if they can show that they were expected to receive the benefit of a lawyer’s services or were otherwise owed a duty by a lawyer. Lawyers also can be sued for allegedly aiding and abetting torts committed by their clients, such as fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, or malicious prosecution.

Lawyers who sue or defend lawyers and law firms need to have the experience and judgment to assess the strengths and weaknesses of these claims and efficiently manage their litigation. Because legal malpractice plaintiffs are obligated to prove that a lawyer’s conduct fell below the standard of care, which is often the subject of expert testimony, lawyers prosecuting and defending legal malpractice claims must understand the applicable law and make effective use of expert testimony. They must also understand, and critically analyze, the plaintiff’s burden of proving that the lawyer’s or firm’s conduct resulted in actual harm, which in many jurisdictions requires a plaintiff to prove “the case within a case.” Some available defenses are unique to legal malpractice cases. Lawyers handling legal malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty claims should also have a firm grounding in the ethical rules governing lawyers’ conduct, since such claims often arise from alleged violations of those rules and their assertion may implicate a lawyer’s ethical obligations.
Because the laws governing claims against lawyers are complex and evolving, potential plaintiff and defendant lawyers and law firms need to carefully select their counsel.

While former clients are the most common plaintiffs, lawyers, and law firms also can be sued by individuals or entities that they never represented. Former clients typically bring claims for legal malpractice (also known as professional negligence), alleging that a lawyer or law firm failed to properly handle a business transaction, lawsuit, or some other matter. Depending on the circumstances, the former client also may assert claims for breach of contract or breach of fiduciary duty. Persons who were never clients of a lawyer may be able to bring a professional negligence or breach of fiduciary duty claim against the lawyer if they can show that they were expected to receive the benefit of a lawyer’s services or were otherwise owed a duty by a lawyer. Lawyers also can be sued for allegedly aiding and abetting torts committed by their clients, such as fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, or malicious prosecution.

Lawyers who sue or defend lawyers and law firms need to have the experience and judgment to assess the strengths and weaknesses of these claims and efficiently manage their litigation. Because legal malpractice plaintiffs are obligated to prove that a lawyer’s conduct fell below the standard of care, which is often the subject of expert testimony, lawyers prosecuting and defending legal malpractice claims must understand the applicable law and make effective use of expert testimony. They must also understand, and critically analyze, the plaintiff’s burden of proving that the lawyer’s or firm’s conduct resulted in actual harm, which in many jurisdictions requires a plaintiff to prove “the case within a case.” Some available defenses are unique to legal malpractice cases. Lawyers handling legal malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty claims should also have a firm grounding in the ethical rules governing lawyers’ conduct, since such claims often arise from alleged violations of those rules and their assertion may implicate a lawyer’s ethical obligations.