Give Seyfarth Shaw’s lawyers a moment to relish the fact they’re off the hook for $25.5 million in damages, not to mention more than $5.6 million in fees and interest.
Then let them start realizing
that today’s Second District Court of Appeal ruling that gave them that dancing-with-joy moment wasn’t very
kind to their law firm: It almost scoffed at their defenses to a celebrity’s
claim of legal malpractice.
When an appellate court says a firm “unpersuasively seeks” to do something or a partner “knew” he should have taken action that he didn’t take or that an argument was “simply wrong,” that’s not something to write home about. Especially when the court remanded the matter for another trial.