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Virginia Legal Malpractice Attorneys

Fighting for Justice in Richmond & Virginia Beach Since 1979

Perhaps some of the most frustrating cases our clients face are those concerning legal malpractice. When a client chooses a lawyer, he or she assumes that the lawyer will take care of them and their case. Unfortunately, this does not always happen. At Breit Cantor Grana Buckner, our team of Virginia legal malpractice lawyers is dedicated to righting the wrongs committed by other lawyers.

With a focus on case preparation, we understand what a lawyer is expected to do when they are given a case—and we know how to hold them accountable when your attorney fails to do their duty responsibly.

Our legal malpractice attorneys can provide you with a vigorous and thorough prosecution of your claims. If you have experienced loss due to your attorney’s negligence, call us at (888) 635-9500!

The Definition of Legal Malpractice

Before we discuss what legal malpractice is, let’s take a look at what it is not. Losing a case, asset, or legal right is not necessarily evidence of malpractice, even if another lawyer could have perhaps done a better job. As long as your lawyer fulfilled their duty to you within a reasonable standard of care, he or she cannot be held accountable for any loss you experience.

Legal malpractice, on the other hand, occurs when a lawyer fails to provide competent, professional service to his client. This may also be called attorney negligence. He or she can be held accountable for failing to meet the standard of care in the services provided to their client that a reasonable lawyer would have provided under the same circumstances.

Take a look at some examples of actions falling below the standard of care:

  • Missing the statute of limitations
  • Failing to conduct proper discovery
  • Failing to designate witnesses
  • Failing to meet the court’s deadline
  • Favoring personal interests over client interests
  • Favoring one client over another
  • Drafting errors in documents or agreements

In order to determine what a reasonable lawyer would or should have done in similar circumstances, expert testimony must be brought in. Usually, another respected lawyer in the field will testify based upon his or her experience as to what a reasonable lawyer should have done in the same situation.

Proving Legal Malpractice

Even if a lawyer’s conduct falls below the standard of care, a client will not necessarily automatically win a legal malpractice claim. A successful legal malpractice claim must show that the at-fault attorney’s conduct directly caused damage to the client.

The client must prove four things in a legal malpractice claim:

  • That there was a legitimate attorney-client relationship requiring the attorney to act competently and professionally
  • That the attorney failed to meet the duty of care through negligent action and by making mistakes an average attorney would not have made in a similar circumstance
  • That the attorney’s behavior caused damage to the client; it is also necessary to prove that the outcome of the case would have been different if the attorney had acted properly
  • That the client suffered a substantial financial loss resulting from the attorney’s behavior

Strict time limits surround the pursuit of a legal malpractice case. If you think you have been harmed by your attorney’s wrongdoing or negligence, do not hesitate to contact a Virginia legal malpractice attorney from Breit Cantor.

Skilled Representation Is Just a Phone Call Away

At Breit Cantor, we pride ourselves on our “no stone left unturned” attention to detail. You can rest assured that our team of attorneys will thoroughly examine every aspect of your legal malpractice claim and help you pursue compensation for your damages. Since 1979, we have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of our clients. Our secret is really no secret at all? Hard work, a passion for justice, and attention to detail.

Schedule a complimentary case evaluation with a trusted legal malpractice attorney by calling (888) 635-9500! Time is of the essence; call now.

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Experience The Breit Cantor Difference

  • Long tradition of success in court.
  • Over 300 years of combined legal experience.
  • Attorneys have been recognized among the most experienced trial lawyers in Virginia and the country.
  • Secured some of the largest settlements in Virginia history.
  • No recovery, no legal fee!
  • Leadership roles in the legal community.
  • Dedicated to providing our clients with the attention they deserve from start to finish.
  • Best Law Firms 2020
    Best Law Firms 2020

    U.S. News selected our firm as one of the highest-rated, best performing law firms in the nation.

  • The Best Lawyers in America 2020 Stephanie Grana
    The Best Lawyers in America 2020 Stephanie Grana

    The Best Lawyers in America list highlights the top legal talent in America and is selected using a peer-review process from thousands of leading attorneys.

  • The Best Lawyers in America 2020 Irvin Cantor
    The Best Lawyers in America 2020 Irvin Cantor

    The Best Lawyers in America list highlights the top legal talent in America and is selected using a peer-review process from thousands of leading attorneys.

  • Who's Who in American Law
    Who's Who in American Law

    A publisher that profiles attorneys who are considered leaders and influencers in American society for their noteworthy achievements.

  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated
    Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated

    Martindale-Hubbell is a rating service that grades lawyers based on their integrity and skill. An AV Rating or higher indicates a high level of trustworthiness and effectiveness.

  • Super Lawyers
    Super Lawyers

    Super Lawyers selects the top 5% of practicing attorneys in the state for their history of results, legal reputation, and trial ability.

  • Litigator Award
    Litigator Award

    Jeffrey Breit received the Litigator Award in 2014, which means he was ranked in the top 1% of all lawyers.

  • Virginia Business Legal Elite
    Virginia Business Legal Elite

    The Virginia Business “Legal Elite” designation honors the most skilled and ethical attorneys in Virginia in a variety of practice areas.

  • AVVO Rating 10.0
    AVVO Rating 10.0

    AVVO is a rating system powered by legal colleagues and past clients who rate lawyers based on their effectiveness, skill, and ability to secure results. 10.0 is a perfect score

  • American Board of Trial Advocates
    American Board of Trial Advocates

    As members of the American Board of Trial Advocates, our lawyers actively seek to improve the practice of law as it affects our clients and their families.

  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
    Virginia Trial Lawyers Association

    Two of our firm's partners served as President of the 2,000-member VTLA, which seeks to uphold a high standard of legal practice while improving the fairness and quality of the law.

  • Best Law Firms - 2016
    Best Law Firms - 2016

    U.S. News selected our firm as one of the highest-rated, best performing law firms in the nation.

  • Best Law Firms 2018
    Best Law Firms 2018

    U.S. News selected our firm as one of the highest-rated, best performing law firms in the nation.

  • Best Law Firms 2017
    Best Law Firms 2017

    U.S. News selected our firm as one of the highest-rated, best performing law firms in the nation.

  • Best Law Firms 2019
    Best Law Firms 2019

    U.S. News selected our firm as one of the highest-rated, best performing law firms in the nation.

  • AAJ Master of Trial Law Jeffrey Breit
    AAJ Master of Trial Law Jeffrey Breit

    The Masters of Trial Law program honors AAJ Members who have shown dedication to their clients and commitment to the civil justice system through a rigorous curriculum of trial skills and legal specialty courses.

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