You are a malpractice attorney. You understand that the question of liability will generally rest on whether the attorney breached his/her standard of care in representing the aggrieved client. Illinois follows the general rule “that expert evidence is required in a legal malpractice case to establish the attorney’s breach of his duty of care except in cases where the breach or lack thereof is so obvious that it may be determined by the court as a matter of law, or is within the ordinary knowledge and experience of laymen.” Barth, 190 Ill.App.3d at 522, 137 Ill. Dec. 463, 546 N.E. 2d 87.
Since courts will typically consider the Rules of Professional Conduct as a guide to determining the standard of care and whether it has been breached, having an ethics attorney on your team will enable you to better serve your clients in a malpractice case regardless of what side you are on.
Early involvement of an experienced ethics attorney not only provides you with an evaluation as to how the ethics rules will likely impact your case; but allows for more meaningful insights should the ethics attorney be required to provide testimony in your case.
While choosing consultants and experts can be a challenging task, here are some of the reasons you might want to add Ms. Wood to your team:
Contact Ms. Wood at (312) 396-4060 to learn how she can provide an assessment of your legal malpractice case.