An attorneyâ€™s duty is to represent his or her client zealously and to the best of his or her ability. If the attorney fails to do so, then the client can bring a legal malpractice action against his or her attorney for his or her negligence and/ or breach of fiduciary duties.
A former client of McKenna Long and Aldridgeâ€™s law firm recently brought a legal malpractice action against the international based law firm, which is located in the United States, for about three and a half million dollars as reported by Thomson Reuters News and Insight in a June 5, 2013 article.
The law firm provided legal representation to the former client, which is a tool company, located in Connecticut, in a case involving â€œa patent dispute with its competitor,â€ a company that provides washing equipment. Â The competitor brought the action in 2004 and the defense raised by the law firm was that the competitorâ€™s patents were â€œinvalid because the company had failed to disclose material information to the US Patent and Trademark Office when it filed its patent applications.â€ However, the competitor disproved this by actually providing proof that the information was disclosed. Â As a result, the court instructed the law firmâ€™s client to pay legal costs to the competition to respond to the defense raised. After this, the client hired a new attorney and the client eventually won however, the client lost about three and a half million dollars due to the firmâ€™s negligence.Â The former client claims, in its lawsuit against its former attorney, that its attorney â€œrelied on a baseless and frivolous defense.â€ Â Â The law firmâ€™s spokesperson claimed that the firm represented the client to the best of its abilities and it did not do anything wrong.
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