When A Conflict Of Interest Leads To Legal Malpractice
Our Florida legal malpractice attorneys at St. Denis & Davey, P.A., protect the rights of those who have been wronged by their previous attorneys due to a conflict of interest. We hold other lawyers accountable for their negligence. Whether you are looking for an Orlando legal negligence lawyer or a Tampa legal negligence attorney, we can help. We have offices located in Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa and Panama City.
Is There A Conflict Of Interest?
Attorneys cannot serve clients whose interests are opposed to each other. Examples of conflicts of interest include violations of confidential information, breaches of duty of loyalty, misconduct, oversight and misrepresentation. These are but a few examples of legal malpractice known as conflict of interest.
During litigation, an attorney must be mindful of the ethical obligation and their fiduciary duty to put a client’s interests above all others. Professional responsibility rules do not allow an attorney to represent a person against a former client in the same case, or in a related matter, or to argue information connected to an earlier representation to the disadvantage of a former client.
If your attorney had a business or personal relationship that causes you to suspect that your confidential information was disclosed to another to your detriment, the attorney has created a conflict of interest. For example, if you are litigating a claim against your attorney’s former client, your attorney may have to disqualify himself or herself before the court does. Other conflicts arise when attorneys engage in intimate or business relationships with clients.
Holding Lawyers Accountable In Florida
We are not afraid to sue other attorneys who have ignored legal ethics, and have been careless with, or neglectful of, your interests. If you believe that a lawyer’s conflict of interest has worked to your disadvantage in Florida or elsewhere, our legal negligence attorneys at St. Denis & Davey can assess your potential claims and determine if you have a malpractice case due to an attorney’s violation of a conflict of interest.
Consult A Malpractice Attorney
If your Florida lawyer’s obvious conflict of interest got in the way of justice for you, contact St. Denis & Davey online or call us at 1-800-785-2153. We are skilled, experienced and determined to hold attorneys accountable.
When you work with our firm, you will consult with our lawyers directly. Your case won’t be handed off to an assistant, associate or paralegal, as can happen at larger, more impersonal law firms.