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California Legal Malpractice Law

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J. Randolph Evans, Shari L. Klevens, Suzanne Y. Badawi


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In this new era of technology, patent disputes, mega law firm mergers, and business globalization, the threat of legal malpractice has become a part of the modern day law practice. 
California Legal Malpractice Law offers practical guidance, including effective claim prevention and loss avoidance. 
Two Cases in One
Defending a malpractice case requires not only an understanding of legal malpractice law, but the substantive law of the underlying the lawsuit or transaction.  Lately there has been a rise in claims from intellectual property, real estate, personal injury, bankruptcy, and securities matters.  And in California, claims from entertainment law are growing. Randy Evans, Shari Klevens, and Suzanne Y. Badawi offer practical solutions in avoiding and handling legal malpractice claims. 
California Legal Malpractice
Identifies Legal Malpractice Law and Defenses
Legal Elements of a Claim
Using Experts in a Malpractice Claim
Liability for or in Conjunction With the Conduct of Others
Defenses to Legal Malpractice Claims
Instructs in Legal Malpractice Prevention
Structuring a Law Firm To Reduce Risk Under California Law
Identifying and Resolving Conflicts of Interest
Email and Attorney Marketing: New Issues in 21st Century Law Practice
Ethics for the Trial Practitioner
Sanctions
Advises on Insurance and Loss Avoidance
The Tripartite Relationship
Handling a Claim: Four Steps for Attorneys Who Discover an Error or Receive a Legal Malpractice Claim
Authors Pay it Forward
Consistent with that guiding principle, all
royalties from California Legal Malpractice Law will go to the
California Bar Foundation to help fund a diversity scholarship for
a student facing hardship based on family obligations.

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  • Availability: Available
  • Brand: The Recorder (CA)
  • Product Type: Books
  • Edition: 1st Edition
  • ISBN: 978-1-57625-724-1
  • Pub#/SKU#: CAML
  • Pub Date: 04/16/2014

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  • J. Randolph Evans

J. Randolph Evans is a partner at Dentons US LLP. He
handles high profile, complex litigation and negotiation matters
domestically and internationally for some of the largest companies
in the world. He is a frequent lecturer and prolific author on the
subjects of professional liability, ethics and insurance.
He has authored or co-authored eight books, including The
Practice Guide to Purchasing Legal Malpractice Insurance
(3d ed. 1999), The Lawyer’s Handbook: Ethics Compliance and
Claims Avoidance (1st ed. 2013), and California Legal Malpractice
Law (2015).



Also by J. Randolph Evans:
Georgia Legal Malpractice Law
The Lawyer's Handbook: Ethics Compliance and Claim Avoidance


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  • Shari L. Klevens

Shari L. Klevens is a partner and is the Deputy General Counsel at the law firm of McKenna Long & Aldridge. She represents lawyers and law firms in the defense of legal malpractice claims and advises and counsels lawyers concerning claims for malpractice, ethical violations, and breaches of duty. Shari is the Practice Group Leader for McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP’s Law Firm Practice Group and is a frequent writer and lecturer on issues related to legal malpractice. Shari also litigates complex commercial cases in state and federal courts across the country. She has authored or co-authored two other books: Georgia Legal Malpractice Law (ALM 2014) and The Lawyer’s Handbook: Ethics Compliance and Claim Avoidance (ALM 2013). Shari is a member of the ABA’s Standing Committee on Lawyer’s Professional Liability.



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  • Suzanne Y. Badawi
Suzanne Y. Badawi is Special Counsel at the law firm of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton. She is an appointed member of the California State Bar Committee on Professional Liability Insurance (COPLI), which administers the bar-sponsored lawyers Errors & Omissions insurance program. She is also a member of her Firm’s Law Firm Defense Initiative Committee that focuses on legal malpractice law, trends, insurance, and avoidance. She is a frequent lecturer on professional liability and insurance laws in California. Suzanne also litigates insurance cases in state and federal courts throughout California. Suzanne is the sole California Bar admitted attorney of the authors.

Part I Legal Malpractice Law and Defenses …………………………………………………… 1
Chapter 1: Legal Elements of a Claim ……………………………………………………………………………..…….. 3
Chapter 2: Using Experts in a Malpractice Claim ……………………………………………………………………. 59
Chapter 3: Liability for or in Conjunction With the Conduct of Others………………………………………65
Chapter 4: Defenses to Legal Malpractice Claims …………………………………………………………………………… 77

Part II Legal Malpractice Prevention ……………………………………………………………….161
Chapter 5: Structuring a Law Firm To Reduce Risk Under California Law…….……………………………….. 117
Chapter 6: Internal Audit ………………………………………………………………………………………………... 125
Chapter 7: Identifying and Resolving Conflicts of Interest ………………………………..…………………….. 169
Chapter 8: Email and Attorney Marketing: New Issues in 21st Century Law Practice ........………. 205
Chapter 9: Ethics for the Trial Practitioner    ………………………………………………………………………… 219
Chapter 10: Sanctions …………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 239

Part III Insurance and Loss Avoidance ………….…………………………………………………. 251
Chapter 11: Purchasing Legal Malpractice Insurance …………………………………………………………….. 253
Chapter 12: The Tripartite Relationship ……………………………………………………………………………… 283
Chapter 13: Handling a Claim: Four Steps for Attorneys Who Discover an Error or Receive a Legal Malpractice Claim…………. 299

Table of Cases ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 000
Index ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 000