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Law Firm Loses Case and Sues Client For Defamation (Lawyers Lose Again)

On August 18, 2016 Justice Edmead in New York County Supreme Court dismissed a defamation and trespass claim filed by a law firm against its former client. What happened? Well, the client was angry. He claimed that his lawyers abandoned his personal injury case. The client was so angry that he went to the law firm's offices and publicly stated, in front of other clients, that the law firm was irresponsible and caused him to lose his case.

The client sued the law firm for legal malpractice in Civil Court and won a small judgment. Not content with that outcome, the law firm then filed a defamation and trespass claim against their former client. Sound fair to you? The Court in a 7 page decision, dismissed the law firm's defamation claim for several reasons, including, it was filed more than 1 year after the incident complained of (as any first year law student would know). Moreover, the Judge pointed out that both the defamation and trespass claims could have been raised in the legal malpractice case litigated in Civil Court but weren't. That's a fatal flaw under a general rule of law called "res judicata" so the law firm lost again. 

Ronald C. Burke, Esq

Trial Attorney with 30+ Years of Experience Attorney Ronald C. Burke, Esq. has more than 30 years of experience and has focused his career on representing clients in cases involving personal injury, medical malpractice and legal malpractice. He is a seasoned trial lawyer and has won many seven-figure settlements and verdicts for his clients over the years, including many case victories listed among the largest in the history of the New York State. He has been featured in the news and is a regular lecturer for the New York County Lawyers Association, as well as having lectured before the New York State Bar Association. Ron is also an attorney with Kelner & Kelner, a New York personal injury law firm. Awards and Accolades Mr. Burke's awards and accolades are many. Among them, he has been included in New York Super Lawyers® each year since 2010, and he has received the highest-possible AV® Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®. Verdict Search, a part of the New York Law Journal, frequently recognizes his notable successes after winning some of the highest settlements and verdicts in past years. He was also featured in their list of the "Top New York Verdicts " and "Top New York Settlements." He is a member of the New York State Bar Association and is licensed to practice law in the U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, as well as before the United States Supreme Court. When Attorney Burke is not handling legal malpractice cases, he is highly involved in the local community. He was a member of the Village of Rockville Centre Volunteer Fire Department, has served on the local school board and as Chairman of the local Zoning Board. Learn more about Attorney Burke and how he can skillfully handle your malpractice case by contacting the Law Offices of Ronald C. Burke, Esq. right away to schedule your complimentary case evaluation. Our firm is here to help! Contact a New York Legal Malpractice Attorney Our firm provides each client's case with thorough preparation and aggressive representation, ensuring that you win the best possible results for your case whether it is settled or goes to trial. As a seasoned trial lawyer, Mr. Burke can provide the strong and relentless representation you need to establish negligence in a legal malpractice case and to recover any damages you may have suffered. Our firm can recover compensation for pre-trial and trial malpractice, violations of fee arrangements, loss of income, pain and suffering, and much more. Contact us today!


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