Legal Malpractice

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Originally conceived as a boutique litigation practice, the Firm quickly recognized the need to add additional lawyers to staff complex cases. From the core of five lawyers, the Firm has grown sufficiently to provide quality representation in the following areas of practice.

For more than thirty-five years, FWL lawyers have defended their fellow professionals in legal malpractice claims. Our Firm prides itself on being a ‘Lawyer’s Lawyer.’ During these decades, our lawyers have accepted the responsibility of defending lawyers because we recognize that these cases often have attendant ethics and licensure implications. Lawyers and law firms request FWL when they have a meaningful liability exposure.

Outcomes are generally better when the lawyer or the insurance company hires FWL before the civil action is filed. We have successfully intervened and persuaded the adverse lawyer that suit should not be filed because the putative defendant met the standard of care. If suit has been filed, our team of lawyers has the experience and capacity to investigate, prepare and try the legal malpractice case to a successful resolution.

From the insurance perspective, these cases can be expensive because they frequently involve a case within the case. From the lawyer’s perspective, it is a difficult psychological adjustment because of the adverse public relations impact of the mere accusation. As a result, above average preparation and courtroom savvy is necessary to recreate the underlying case, establish standard of care, contest causation and vindicate the lawyer.

FWL accepts representations throughout the state of West Virginia and in proximate regions of Kentucky and Ohio as requested. Compare the qualifications of our lawyers and understand that FWL’s lawyers have the experience and skills to make the difference. With FWL, preparation, communication and professionalism is the commitment.

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