Confronting Negligent Attorneys
In 2009, the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association (OCTLA) elected Gerald Klein as Trial Lawyer of the Year in the area of legal malpractice.
In 2019, OCTLA gave this same award to Mark Wilson.
Gerald Klein and Mark Wilson are the only two lawyers in the history of OCTLA to receive this award in the legal malpractice category.
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.
Legal Malpractice Lawyers In Orange County, California
Regrettably, some lawyers victimize their clients, and some are simply negligent. Klein & Wilson‘s attorneys have the experience and trial skills to pursue malpractice actions against the largest law firms in the country and prevail. Their track record includes winning $9 million on behalf of a legal malpractice victim.
The firm’s wins include: A $9 million settlement after winning a jury trial, a $2.1 million settlement after presenting opening statement to a jury and a $1.8 million binding arbitration award.
Refusing to Accept Professional Incompetency
Litigation and trial malpractice occur when attorneys are incompetent to handle a matter, are too overworked to adequately prepare for trial, or miss key deadlines. When an attorney’s trial performance falls below the standard of care and the client suffers as a result, the attorney can be held responsible for 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. 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 present the underlying case to show how the client would have won but for the attorney’s negligence.
Prepared For The Fight
Attorneys who are being sued are formidable adversaries. Clients need the best representation possible when taking on an angry lawyer. Klein & Wilson makes sure its clients are professionally represented in malpractice or overbilling cases. In certain cases where damages are over $2 million, Klein & Wilson will consider partial contingency fee arrangements.
The firm has enjoyed great success in legal malpractice cases involving:
- Failure to warn
- Breach of fiduciary duty
- Conflict of interest
- Ethics violations
- Transactional negligence
- Trial negligence
- Failure to meet the applicable statute of limitations and other deadlines
- Failure to properly communicate with clients
It is a tremendous advantage to the injured client if the attorney handling the legal malpractice case has wide experience in a variety of matters. With decades of trial experience, Klein & Wilson‘s attorneys have obtained significant trial results, achieved verdicts and settlements over $200 million for their clients, 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 an adverse verdict at trial. Klein & Wilson‘s attorneys 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 trials.
Klein & Wilson has the experience and reputation clients need to defeat the toughest adversaries, including the largest law firms in the world.