Successful defense of multi-million dollar legal malpractice action.
We obtained an award of summary judgment in defense of a multi-million dollar legal malpractice action. The plaintiff claimed that the strategy considerations and litigation decisions implemented by the defendant law firm resulted in an adverse verdict in the underlying matter which, in turn, resulted in the the plaintiff losing its ownership rights of a profitable commercial property and the imposition of sanctions against the plaintiff. After successfully having several claims stricken at the preliminary objections stage, the defense was able to create a record under which the plaintiff did not (and could not) obtain an expert report in support of its claims against the law firm. The plaintiff asserted the damage model was $27 million. After the entry of summary judgment in favor of the law firm, the only remaining claim in the action was the law firm’s counter-claim against the plaintiff for $667,000 for unpaid fees.