Some law firms are reluctant to handle legal malpractice matters because they are concerned about being shunned by colleagues or because these cases are often bitterly contested. Klein & Wilson does not share these concerns and is willing to accept meritorious legal malpractice cases.
In 2009, the 600 member Orange County Trial Lawyers Association elected Gerald A. Klein as Trial Lawyer of the Year for trying professional negligence cases.
Confronting Negligent Attorneys
Regrettably, some lawyers victimize their own clients. Sometimes they are just negligent. Sometimes they are purposely preying upon their clients by overbilling them. Klein & Wilson's attorneys have the broad experience and trial skill to bring legal malpractice actions against even the largest law firms in the country and prevail.
Attorneys are formidable adversaries in the courtroom. Clients need the best representation possible when taking on an angry lawyer. Klein & Wilson makes sure its clients are professionally represented in any kind of malpractice or overbilling case. In cases where damages are over $1 million, Klein & Wilson will consider contingency fee arrangements.
The firm has enjoyed great success in legal malpractice cases involving:
- Professional incompetence
- Failure to meet the applicable statute of limitations and other deadlines
- Failure to communicate properly with a client
- Failure to use due diligence or perform duties a typical lawyer would in the same or similar circumstances
Fighting Malpractice By Firms Of All Sizes
Whether the negligent lawyer is from a small firm or one of the larger firms in California, Klein & Wilson is ready to protect your rights and seek the compensation you deserve. Klein & Wilson's experience and tenacity in legal malpractice litigation has led to millions of dollars in damages for its clients.
While most cases lost at trial are lost because the losing side had the weaker case, sometimes trials are lost because the trial attorney was unprepared or unqualified to handle a matter. When trial attorneys take on matters they are not qualified to handle, a trial usually ends in disaster for that attorney's client. Likewise, some attorneys take on more cases than they can competently handle and they come to trial unprepared.
In one case closely watched by the legal community, Klein & Wilson won a $6 million legal malpractice jury verdict against one of the largest law firms in the world, resulting in a final award of almost $10 million.
Refusing to Accept Professional Incompetencies
Litigation and trial malpractice often occur when attorneys are incompetent to handle a matter or are so overworked that they do not prepare for trial adequately or they miss key deadlines. When an attorney's trial performance falls below the standard of care and the client suffers as a result, the attorney will generally be held responsible for his or her malpractice. However, clients must be aware that simply proving an attorney made a mistake at trial is not enough to prove litigation or trial malpractice. In litigation or trial malpractice, it is usually necessary to prove the client would have achieved a better result "but for" the attorney's malpractice — meaning the attorney handling the legal malpractice case must be able to present the underlying case to show how it would have been won but for the attorney's negligence.
For this reason, it is a tremendous advantage to the client if a legal malpractice attorney has wide experience in a variety of matters. With decades of trial experience in the courtroom, Klein & Wilson's attorneys have had significant trial results, achieved verdicts and settlements for their clients approaching $100 million, and obtained defense verdicts in a wide variety of "bet the company" cases.
An Unmatched Reputation For Excellence
It is Klein & Wilson's reputation in the courtroom that convinces defendants to settle matters rather than risk a larger verdict at trial. Klein & Wilson's attorneys have pioneered multimedia trial presentations, which include video depositions, animations, and computer graphics. The firm has such an outstanding reputation in modern trial techniques that its attorneys have been asked to make presentations to other attorneys looking to incorporate multimedia presentations into their own trial efforts.
Klein & Wilson has the experience and reputation clients need to take on even the toughest of litigation adversaries, including the largest law firms in the world.
Contact The Attorney Ethics Lawyers At Klein & Wilson
To reach our experienced attorneys about legal malpractice matters, e-mail Klein & Wilson today or call us at 949-631-3300 or toll free at 877-857-0073.