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Legal Malpractice

Legal negligence claims often involve claims that the attorney breached the standard of care, the breach of duty caused harm to the client, and the client accrued damages because of the malpractice. Only attorneys who have been board-certified in California can advertise or identify themselves as "certified specialists" or "board certified" in California for that field. A board-certified legal professional liability attorney has shown that they have extensive experience in the field, have participated in a certain number of legal malpractice cases, pass a written exam, shown they meet education requirements, provide references, and meet other standards to show a high degree of competency.

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About Board Certification in Legal Malpractice Law

In California, the board certification for legal malpractice law is awarded by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.

Only California attorneys who are board certified in legal malpractice law can advertise or identify themselves as "certified specialists" or "board certified" in California for that field.

The Rules Governing the State Bar of California Program for Certifying Legal Specialists govern the program requirements and should be read in conjunction with the standards for certification in legal malpractice.

Among other requirements, the attorneys must demonstrate substantial involvement, complete continuing education requirements, and pass the legal specialist examination. Attorneys who are certified in California must apply for recertification every five years.

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Directory of Board Certified Legal Malpractice Law Attorneys in California

Lawyer Legion maintains a directory of board-certified Legal Malpractice Law specialists in California. This directory provides the public with a valuable resource that allows them to narrow their search to local attorneys who have earned board certification in Legal Malpractice Law by the State Bar of California.

Lawyer Legion is the only commercial lawyer directory to properly acknowledge all ABA-accredited specialization programs and provide a dynamic directory of virtually every lawyer who has earned each certification, including board certification in Legal Malpractice Law offered by the State Bar of California.

Use this directory to connect with lawyers who have earned the important distinction of board certified specialists in Legal Malpractice Law by the State Bar of California. Start by choosing your county from the list below.


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Definitions for Legal Malpractice in California

California's board certification program defines the term "legal malpractice" as the practice of law dealing with the prosecution or defense of claims against an attorney regarding wrongful acts or omissions arising out of the performance of the attorney’s professional services, and/or issues of attorneys’ fees, payments or liens.

The board certification program for legal malpractice does not include the prosecution or defense of attorney disciplinary matters.

Requirements for Board Certification in Legal Malpractice

An attorney seeking certification in legal malpractice must demonstrate that during the specified time period he or she has been substantially involved in the practice of legal malpractice law.

For purposes of the program, the attorney can make a prima facie showing of substantial involvement in the area of legal malpractice law by acquiring a certain number of points for certain completing certain types of tasks including:

  • Acting as the principal counsel in devising, implementing or evaluating the advisability or the strategy of litigation and related issues, such as the existence of an attorney-client relationship and the unauthorized practice of law, in connection with pending or threatened litigation where matters of malpractice law are the main contested issue.
  • Representing a claimant or attorney in litigation as its principal counsel where matters of malpractice law are the main contested issue.
  • Acting as principal counsel in the trial, jury or non-jury, or binding arbitration of an action for legal malpractice or action on attorney’s fees tried to conclusion to a jury, judge, or arbitrator.
  • Preparing or opposing a demurrer, a motion for summary judgment, or other dispositive motion in litigation where matters of legal malpractice law are the main contested issue.
  • Preparing briefs in litigation matters before a court or arbitral forum.
  • Representing a party in a formal mediation before a neutral party as its principal counsel where matters of legal malpractice are the main contested issue.
  • Acting as an expert witness or legal consultant in litigation where matters of legal malpractice are among the main contested issues
  • Acting as an arbitrator or mediator in any litigation or formal mediation where matters of malpractice law are among the main contested issues.
  • Representing a claimant or attorney in a legal malpractice matter in bringing or defending an anti-SLAAP motion.
  • Representing a claimant or attorney in a legal malpractice matter where there is an underlying coverage issue or reservation of rights letter.
  • Providing substantive written legal advice or analysis regarding conflicts of interest issues.
  • Providing substantive written legal advice or analysis regarding issues related to fees for legal services rendered by an attorney, including collectability, unconscionability under the Rules of Professional Conduct, reasonableness under Business & Professions Code §§6147-6148, and issues of quantum merit.
  • Providing substantive written legal advice or analysis regarding a statute of limitations issue for legal malpractice.
  • Participation in a Bench Bar panel in which there is a fee dispute over the attorney’s legal services.
  • Providing substantive written legal advice or analysis regarding an attorney’s errors and omissions insurance policy, including insurance coverage policy limits, reservations of rights, and/or coverage exclusion issues.
  • Providing substantive written legal advice or analysis regarding other material issues concerning legal malpractice law not otherwise covered above: 5 points per separate matter or transaction.

Continuing Educational Requirements for Certification in Legal Malpractice

An attorney seeking certification in legal malpractice must demonstrate that within the specified period the attorney completed a specified number of education activities approved for, or relevant to, legal malpractice law.

The rules also provide an alternative equivalent to the requirement of passing a written examination including authoring published articles, authoring a practice book (or chapter in such book), in the area of legal malpractice law; or presenting at an approved continuing legal education (CLE) on topics for legal malpractice law.


Finding an Attorney for Legal Malpractice in California

Professional negligence cases might involve losses for large sums of money for a business or individual. If you or your company suffered a substantial loss because of the misconduct of an attorney, you should seek out the services of an experienced legal malpractice attorney.

The elements of a legal malpractice claim include:

  • a loss stemming from the negligent act of representation;
  • negligent representation or acts by the lawyer; or
  • a valid attorney-client relationship.

Legal negligence claims often involve claims that the attorney breached the standard of care, the breach of duty caused harm to the client, and the client accrued damages because of the malpractice.


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