Welcome to the Legal Malpractice Forum. At Bland Richter, LLP, legal malpractice is one of our primary practice areas. Over the years, we have prosecuted many claims of malpractice and have reviewed hundreds (if not more) of potential cases. We have worked with renowned local, State and national experts on the subject matter of legal malpractice, have served as experts, have appeared as speakers at continuing legal education seminars on the issue of malpractice, have been featured in many legal periodicals and in newspaper articles regarding legal malpractice and legal ethics and have consulted with many attorneys facing ethical dilemmas or other similar issues within their practices.
Legal malpractice has proven to us to be an extremely complex and challenging area of practice, often requiring us to prove both the overlying malpractice as well as the merits of the underlying action in order to prevail. In addition to the complexity of the cases, it has been our experience that claims of legal malpractice are widely disfavored by the larger bar population. Even so, most lawyers would agree that meritorious legal malpractice claims are a necessity and that “somebody” should prosecute them. Clients who have been harmed by malpractice simply want their claims advanced like any other claim, despite the identity of the defendant lawyer or law firm.
Through this site, we will report periodically about changes in the law of legal malpractice and legal ethics issues both here in South Carolina and nationally, as well as other issues affecting the practice of law. We will also relay some of our experiences and insights in the prosecution of legal malpractice claims. It is our hope through this site that those who are interested in the subject matter of malpractice will find the information contained herein useful in the evaluation of their own cases or situations. We also hope that the prudent practitioner will identify issues in the field of malpractice so they can implement changes in their own practices in order to help them become better attorneys and, hopefully, to avoid some of the pitfalls that have led to claims against others.
The legal profession is ethically obligated to be a self-policing profession. We take that responsibility quite seriously.