Smith v Mangham

R. Keegan Federal Jr.

Practice Area:Litigation

Outcome:Won new trial for Client.

Description:Client is an attorney who was sued for legal malpractice by a former client. Client hired another attorney to represent him at the trial, and the Client lost. A verdict and judgment was entered against the Client for general damages, plus punitive damages and attorney's fees. The Client then retained our firm to attempt to obtain some relief. We filed a Motion for New Trial with supporting briefs and presented oral argument to the Trial Judge, and ultimately succeeded in convincing the Judge that he had improperly prevented our Client's former attorney from introducing certain expert testimony during the trial, and that his error was harmful and prejudicial to our Client, and that the Client was therefore entitled to a new trial. The Order granting the New Trial was entered by the Court on March 19, 2008, and we are currently awaiting a new trial date, which we expect to be in July or September. Meanwhile, we will attempt to settle the case for the Client in order to avoid the cost of a retrial.