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Lawyer who served time in prison nets legal malpractice award – $5,750,000 Verdict (access required)

A Fairfax jury of five men and two women awarded plaintiff, Bruce McLaughlin, $5.75 million in his legal malpractice case against the law firm of Shevlin Smith. The case is unique in that McLaughlin prevailed in proving his case within ...

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Lawyer, once imprisoned, wins $5.75M award (access required)

After being convicted of abusing his own children, spending four years in prison before exoneration, and then battling with his lawyers for 10 years, Bruce McLaughlin may finally see compensation for his travails. A Fairfax County jury last month awarded ...

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Plaintiff recovers against former lawyer after med mal case dismissed – $4,000,000 Verdict (access required)

This was a legal malpractice lawsuit arising out of a medical malpractice claim. Plaintiff was an active and athletic 13-year-old when she was diagnosed with adolescent scoliosis. She sought treatment from Dr. Susan Atkins, a Richmond pediatric orthopedist, who ultimately ...

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Malpractice claim: Attorney failed to notify clients of court hearing – $315,000 Verdict (access required)

The plaintiffs hired attorney Pauline M. Ewald to represent them in two civil actions. Ewald, counsel of record for the plaintiffs, failed to appear at a final hearing in two civil matters and allegedly failed to notify the plaintiffs that ...

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Plaintiff fails to respond to discovery in malpractice suit – Defense Verdict (access required)

This matter involved legal malpractice suits against two defendants – an associate and her law firm – for alleged malpractice in an underlying domestic relations case. Plaintiff alleged defendant associate failed to properly oppose motion to withdraw stipulation in the ...

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Litigation pitfalls and pratfalls (access required)

Lawyers can find plenty of ways to stay out of a courtroom. Instead of the hand-to-hand combat of a trial before judge or jury, they can opt for some form of alternative dispute resolution. But the lure of the courtroom ...

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