Legal Malpractice: A Preliminary Inquiry

35 Pages Posted: 5 Jul 2006

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Kara MacKillop

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Neil Vidmar

Duke University - School of Law

Date Written: June 29, 2006

Abstract

TThere is almost no systematic academic research on the issue of legal malpractice. This paper reviews the very limited data available, primarily from the American Bar Association and from a report on legal malpractice in the Canadian province of Ontario. We then turn to a database held by the Florida Department of Insurance. A professional liability insurers in Florida are required to submit detailed reports on the cases in which they dealt with claims against their insureds. From these data we develop a tentative and incomplete profile of legal malpractice in Florida. These data will be supplemented with a study of cases that went to trial before juries.

Keywords: Legal malpractice, legal negligence, Florida

Suggested Citation

MacKillop, Kara and Vidmar, Neil, Legal Malpractice: A Preliminary Inquiry (June 29, 2006). 1st Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=912963 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.912963

Kara MacKillop

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