If your administrative law attorney missed the statute for filing the Petition for Reconsideration, filing a Petition for Writ may well be useless. Instead, you may want to be looking for a good legal malpractice attorney. Of course, there are a lot more facts necessary to understand everything that's going on here.
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Perhaps you need to be looking for the lawyer's malpractice insurance policy.
Moral of the story: Lawyers have to start their practice at the beginning and some client is going to be first, but the client has a choice and does not have to choose to be the lawyer's first client in a new area of law.
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An attorney in California is ethically precluded from practicing beyond level of competence: see http://rules.calbar.ca.gov/Rules/RulesofProfessionalConduct/CurrentRules/Rule3110.aspx
"(C) If a member does not have sufficient learning and skill when the legal service is undertaken, the member may nonetheless perform such services competently by 1) associating with or, where appropriate, professionally consulting another lawyer reasonably believed to be competent, or 2) by acquiring sufficient learning and skill before performance is required."
There is also the question of legal malpractice. It saddens me that this attorney did not avail herself of mentoring help.
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