Corey Lewandowski, one of the campaign chairs for then-candidate Trump in the 2016 election, has filed a professional malpractice suit against his former attorney stemming from a property dispute with his neighbors. The lawsuit is illustrative of possible remedies that Florida residents can have if they are found to have received inadequate representation from their lawyers in a legal matter.
Lewnadowski sued his neighbors in 2017, claiming that they were impeding him from building a new garage on his own property. His neighbors countersued, claiming emotional distress from threats that Lewandowski had allegedly made to use his political position to make their lives difficult. After spending thousands of dollars on his lawyer’s services, Lewandowski ultimately worried about his legal exposure and agreed to settle the countersuit for $75,000.
In suing his lawyer, Lewandowski claims that the lawyer was unprepared to represent him. The lawsuit cites the fact that the trial judge had taken issue with Lewandowski’s lawyer’s level of preparation for the case and did not have witness lists, exhibits or even a statement of the case as the legal matter neared trial. Lewandowski claims that he only realized how ill-prepared his lawyer was on the day before trial, and that was one of the factors in his decision to settle the lawsuit against him.
Lawyers have professional standards that they must follow when representing a client in a legal matter. Every lawyer is subject to them. Those who feel that the lawyer failed to follow these standards and provided them with substandard representation have legal rights and, as Lewandowski has done, can file a lawsuit against the lawyer for malpractice. There are professional malpractice lawyers that can assist people in filing these cases.