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Tag Archives: L.A. County legal malpractice

What is the Judgmental Immunity Doctrine?

By Robert Ross |

In certain malpractice or professional negligence cases, attorneys may claim “judgmental immunity.” If proven and applicable, the judgmental immunity doctrine may provide a defense to a plaintiff’s malpractice claims against the attorney.   ELEMENTS OF THE JUDGMENTAL IMMUNITY DOCTRINE The “Judgmental Immunity Doctrine” states that: (a) Lawyers are not legally required, or expected, to… Read More »

How Much Professional Skill Does a Lawyer Need?

By Robert Ross |

Lawyers have a duty to maintain a reasonable level of learning and skill. By law, a lawyer must possess and apply a reasonable level of learning and skill, as necessary to handle the legal matters the lawyer undertakes. The expected level of learning and skill includes: 1. The skill to determine the type or nature of… Read More »

Malpractice Liability to Non-Clients: What About Other Lawyers?

By Robert Ross |

The last few posts have taken a look at circumstances when courts may find an attorney liable for malpractice when the plaintiff was not the attorney’s client (or otherwise in “privity of contract” with the lawyer). Generally, an attorney only owes a professional duty of care to clients and other people with whom the… Read More »

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