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Dear  Dr. Friedman,

I feel as though I have a good Legal Malpractice case. My attorney didn't show up to my (civil) court case, didn't notify me, the court, or anyone - before OR after (still hasn't contacted me or returned my many messages.)

The judge was very mad, and still held court; and I was found Guilty.

My atty. had all of the evidence and paperwork - everything, really, that I badly needed for the trial. The judge let me REALLY 'HAVE IT.'

This happened late last year - of course still well within the S.O.L.'s. (The atty. did many other very unethical things during the course of his "representation" of me, as well).

My lawyer had his own firm, in which he was the only attorney.

I recently saw in the newspaper that he had shut down his practice, and his office - and I panicked. He IS still listed on the Bar's website in my state, as having an active license - but it could expire any day.

Is it too late to sue him for L.M.? What if his license were to expire tomorrow?

Surely, an attorney (or doctor, etc.) can't just do ANYTHING to a client or patient, and simply shut down his/her business, and therefore be exempt from punishment (i.e. Malpractice suit).

Would you mind giving me your thoughts on this matter? Where do I start, NOW?! I would appreciate any information that you could give me!

Thank you very much,

Anne F.


I am sorry this happened to you.  The first thing you should do is file a bar complaint.  Hopefully the judge already filed one when the attorney failed to show up as scheduled.

The second thing you need to do is hire a legal malpractice attorney.  You can still file a lawsuit if you are within the statute of limitations.  Most attorneys who have insurance have a claims-made policy.  This means that the carrier is not notified until the attorney is notified of a claim.  Hopefully the attorney has maintained malpractice insurance.

Very truly yours,

Paul D. Friedman, M.A., Ph.D., J.D.

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I have been a civil litigation attorney since 1989 and am Certified as a Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. I am licensed to practice law in Arizona, Colorado (inactive) and the District of Columbia (inactive). I am also licensed with the District Court of Arizona, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.

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I have been a civil trial attorney since 1989 and I have a masters degree in bioethics and a doctorate of philosophy regarding comparative ethics.

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Bachelor of Arts 1985
Juris Doctorate 1989
Master of Arts in Bioethics 2004
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