Legal Malpractice & Lawyer Litigation
Lawyers frequently face civil claims from unhappy clients and third parties. These claims can damage a lawyer’s practice and reputation, and result in serious monetary damages imposed against a law firm or its insurer.
Defense of Lawyers. Downey Law Group regularly defends lawyers, law firms and other professionals against civil claims alleging legal malpractice or malfeasance in the delivery of professional services. Notable representations include:
- Obtaining summary judgment for a large national firm on claims the firm had mishandled an adverse party’s medical records, and then defending this summary judgment successfully on appeal;
- Representing a large national firm on multi-million dollar claims the firm had failed to file more than a dozen patent applications for its clients. After considerable discovery and motions practice, the matters settled on terms quite acceptable to the firm’s insurer; and
- Serving as independent counsel for a workers compensation lawyer sued for allegedly failing to file a claim prior to the statute of limitations, and pressing for prompt settlement of the matter within policy limits.
Claims against Lawyers. Downey Law Group also evaluates and has pursued claims for legal malpractice against lawyers and law firms. Drawing upon his unique practice focus and reputation, founding member Michael Downey has had considerable success obtaining satisfactory results for his clients against lawyers without actually having to file and assert the claims. When lawyers have proved too obstinate, however, Mr. Downey has proven a willing and capable adversary willing to press a defendant law firm into providing adequate compensation to Mr. Downey’s clients.