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Nov20

Richard Chambliss secures dismissal on behalf of legal malpractice client

In defending a legal malpractice action in which the plaintiff asserted a claim for wrongful institution of civil proceedings, Mr. Chambliss prepared a motion for summary judgment that set forth the detailed investigation the lawyer had done before filing the lawsuit in the underlying action.  Mr. Chambliss coupled the motion with a demand the claims be dismissed or Defendant would pursue fees pursuant to Rule 11.  On the eve of oral argument, Plaintiffs agreed to dismiss the claims against the lawyer, with prejudice.  Pursuant to stipulation, the Court dismissed the claims in November.…

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Oct4

Tyler Abrahams secures dismissal of Complaint and monetary sanctions due to Plaintiffs’ discovery violations

On behalf of his attorney clients, Tyler Abrahams obtained a judgment in his client’s favor after proving the plaintiffs had suppressed and spoliated evidence throughout the litigation.  Mr. Abrahams oversaw a two year long forensic discovery investigation into the plaintiffs’ computers and email accounts.  His detailed analysis and arguments established how the plaintiff’s misdeeds were severe violations of Rules 11 and Rule 37.  The Court agreed that the only appropriate sanction was a complete dismissal of the Complaint.  The court also awarded the defendants their attorneys fees and costs incurred in having to retain a forensic expert to prove the …

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Sep18

Katherine Corcoran and Michelle Donovan obtain unanimous wrongful death defense verdict

Kate Corcoran and Michelle Donovan obtained an unanimous wrongful death defense verdict in a week-long trial in Yavapai County.  Plaintiffs claimed that the defendant psychiatrist failed to provide appropriate medical care to their son, causing his death.  After two and half hours of deliberation, the eight person jury returned a unanimous verdict for the defendant psychiatrist. …

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Jun20

Richard Chambliss prevails in a legal malpractice action

In June 2018, Mr. Chambliss successfully defended a legal malpractice action in which the plaintiff sought damages in excess of three million dollars.  The court granted summary judgment on the basis that ninety percent of the damages were precluded by lack of proximate cause. Plaintiff asserted damages through a quit claim deed and the same property interests had been previously conveyed fifty years prior.  The court granted summary judgment on the remaining damages because plaintiff’s expert had failed to offer an opinion that, “but for” the alleged malpractice, the outcome in the underlying action might have been different (i.e. the …

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Jul8

Don Wilson, Jr. receives unanimous verdict on unjust enrichment claim

Don Wilson, Jr. obtained a unanimous defense verdict in favor of his client, a Phoenix-based law firm, on the firm’s unjust enrichment claim against its former clients. Prior to trial, Mr. Wilson obtained summary judgment in the firm’s favor on a legal malpractice claim brought by the firm’s former clients – a decision which was later affirmed on appeal. After a two and a half day trial on the unjust enrichment claim in which the firm sought to recover its fees and costs incurred in working for its former client, the jury unanimously awarded the firm more than Mr. Wilson …

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