Perhaps there is no profession that is the subject of as many jokes about greed and misguided ethics as the legal field. The truth is, however, that most lawyers adhere to a very stringent code of ethics. For Attorney Greg Brod, these principles are not just rules on paper, but represent a deeply personal commitment to ethical practice. He is proud to serve as a plaintiffs’ lawyer and, because he values his professional obligations, he also serves as a Northern California legal malpractice lawyer. At the Brod Law Firm, we take cases of legal malpractice in California personally.
Legal Malpractice Generally
In broad terms, legal malpractice claims in California, require showing that the lawyer was negligent because s/he failed to exercise the skill and care that a reasonably careful attorney would exercise under similar circumstances (See Civil Jury Instruction 600). Also instructive is Rule 3-110 of the California Rules of Professional Conduct (“CRPC”) which provides that a lawyer violates of the rules of the profession when s/he intentionally, recklessly, or repeatedly fails to act with competence when providing legal services. The Rule further defines competence as “the 1) diligence, 2) learning and skill, and 3) mental, emotional, and physical ability reasonably necessary for the performance of such service.”