Legal Malpractice occurs when an attorney fails to use the skill and care normally expected of a competent attorney. Lawyers also owe certain “fiduciary” duties to their clients, such as the duty of loyalty (putting the client’s interest ahead of the attorney’s interest) and confidentiality. It is not enough, however, that the lawyer breached his duty to his/her client—it is necessary to prove that the lawyer’s action or inaction caused you to suffer a financial loss.
There are issues that must be addressed in attorney malpractice cases that are distinct from other types of professional malpractice liability. For example, in a case where a lawyer was engaged in litigation on behalf of the client, it must be proven that “but for” the attorney’s negligence, the underlying case could have been won, or a better result achieved.
We generally accept legal or accounting malpractice cases on a contingency fee basis—which means that we take a percentage of the award or settlement, rather than charge by the hour. Because we don’t get paid if you lose, we evaluate your case carefully and consider whether it is worth risking the time and energy necessary to take the case to trial. Joel Ziegler has been selected to the prestigious “Super Lawyers” list for the past five years. Only the top 5% of lawyers in each practice area are recognized as “Super Lawyers”. He is also a member of “Million Dollar Advocates Forum”, having achieved several million dollar jury verdicts.