Monthly Archives: March 2013

Legislature quickly overturns Supreme Court decision, barring assignment of legal malpractice claims

A few days ago, I wrote about a Georgia Supreme Court decision that left a lot of uncertainty about which legal malpractice claims could be assigned to people or companies other than clients.
Most states do not allow assignment of legal malpractice claims to others for substantial public policy reasons related to protection of the attorney-client … Continue Reading

How do you handle fees and expenses in a personal injury or wrongful death case?

Many prospective clients in serious personal injury and wrongful death claims ask questions about legal fees and litigation expenses in handling their cases. As an Atlanta personal injury trial attorney handling serious injury and death cases across Georgia, and as an individual who remembers very well what it is like to be flat broke and … Continue Reading

Lawyer disciplined for online comment about ex-client

This week the Georgia Supreme Court ruled that a voluntary Review Panel reprimand is insufficient discipline for a lawyer who violated client confidentiality in responding to an ex-client’s derogatory comments in a consumer forum website. See In the Matter of Margaret Skinner, Georgia Supreme Court Docket No. S13Y0105.
In the decade since I began blogging here, … Continue Reading

Georgia Supreme Court holds legal malpractice claims may be assignable

In a unanimous opinion, the Georgia Supreme Court held Monday that legal malpractice claims may be assigned to other parties in some circumstances, the scope of which remains unclear.
Villanueva vs. First American Title Insurance arose out of a highly unusual real estate closing. A senior attorney hired an associate to work on closings but had … Continue Reading