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  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Professional Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation
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  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Mediation
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  • Location:
    Albany, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Criminal Defense: General Practice Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs DUI/DWI Defense Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    Buffalo, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: General Practice Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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Joseph W. Cotchett was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Joseph W. Cotchett

Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP
  • Location:
    Burlingame, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Bet-the-Company Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Banking and Finance Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Litigation - Real Estate Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation - Trusts and Estates Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Litigation - Insurance Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Richmond, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Civil Rights Law Employment Law - Individuals Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Englewood, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Professional Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    Troy, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar DUI/DWI Defense Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Criminal Defense: General Practice Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation Litigation - Real Estate
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  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Commercial Litigation Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
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  • Location:
    Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Litigation - Banking and Finance Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law Commercial Litigation Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Media Law Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
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  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Securities Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Professional Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    Boulder, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Professional Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs
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Gary L. Sasso was awarded 2018 "Lawyer of the Year" in Elasticsearch.PracticeArea

Gary L. Sasso

Carlton Fields
  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Patent Commercial Litigation Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Buffalo, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Professional Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Civil Rights Law

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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.