Jon Schwalbach wins legal malpractice trial by judicial reference

After a 7-day trial by judicial reference in front of a distinguished retired Superior Court judge, Jon obtained a complete a defense award for his law firm client. The plaintiff claimed Jon’s client committed legal malpractice and breached its fiduciary duty in an underlying family law case. In his trial brief and closing argument, Jon argued the theme of the case was one of retrospective bitterness, where a former client was trying to make her lawyer and former law firm scapegoats in a “settle and sue” case. The judge agreed, found for the defense, and even awarded the defendant lawyer all her unpaid attorney fees.