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Legal Malpractice Defense

Committed Gilroy Legal Malpractice Attorney Fights to Protect Your Livelihood

Northern California lawyer defends members of the legal profession accused of misconduct

As credentialed professionals, attorneys are required to provide legal services that meet accepted standards of competency and conduct. Clients have a right to expect that their attorneys will represent them to the best of their ability. But even the most competent representation can’t guarantee a favorable result, and unfavorable outcomes can lead some clients to file legal malpractice claims against their lawyers. If you face such an action in Santa Clara County, the Gilroy-based Goldblatt Law Firm stands ready to defend you. When you are accused of breaching your professional duty, you deserve an advocate who understand what’s at stake — which is nothing less than your license and livelihood. As an attorney for nearly four decades, I provide the sound counsel and strong defense that lawyers require when their professional reputation is on the line.

Battling a full range of legal malpractice allegations

Legal malpractice cases often involve complex issues that require detailed research and investigation. I am committed to providing a strong defense for a wide range of claims, including those that allege malpractice due to:

  • Missing deadlines
  • Poor research
  • Failure to provide a valid defense
  • Not filing a required cross-complaint
  • Ignoring client instructions
  • Not getting consent for a settlement
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Breach of ethics or fiduciary duty
  • Failure to advise or inform a client
  • Not suing the correct entity
  • Not pursuing all available remedies
  • Negligent or incompetent representation

When you face a legal malpractice claim for any of these allegations, the plaintiff must be able to prove that an attorney-client relationship existed; you were negligent or careless by breaching your duty to provide competent representation; your breach caused some injury; and the injury caused actual damages, or financial loss. I will challenge the assertion that a breach occurred due to negligence and offer other available defenses to show that an unfavorable result was not an actionable violation.

Statutes of limitations for filing claims

Legal malpractice lawsuits must be brought within the California statutes of limitations, which is one year after the injury is discovered or four years after the date of the injury (whichever is earlier). There are related actions that also have specific time frames for filing malpractice based on the allegation:

  • Breach of contract or fiduciary duty — Up to four years after discovering the breach
  • Intentional or negligent infliction of emotional distress — Up to two years after harm or discovery
  • Fraud — Up to three years after discovery

I will leave no stone unturned in mounting a vigorous defense to the allegations you face. My experience representing attorneys before the California State Bar Court provides clients with a distinct advantage and allows me to argue from a position of strength.

Contact an experienced Gilroy attorney for help with a legal malpractice suit

At the Goldblatt Law Firm, I defend Northern California attorneys on legal malpractice claims. I will fight to preserve your rights and your professional reputation. Please call 408-763-4715 or contact me online to schedule a free consultation at my Gilroy office. Habla español.

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  • Gilroy Office
    22 Martin St.
    Gilroy, California 95020
    Phone: 408-763-4715
    Fax: 408-847-4164