Cases - Partial Summary Judgment Affirmed in Legal Malpractice Case

Partial Summary Judgment Affirmed in Legal Malpractice Case

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Practice Areas
Commercial Litigation
Legal Malpractice


Joe Kingma represent a lawyer who allegedly gave bad advice in an employment matter. The plaintiff claimed that based on the advice, he quit his job, enrolled in law school, moved away from his family, and borrowed money to pay expenses. Joe moved for summary judgment, which the trial court granted in large part, including dismissing claims for emotional distress, attorney’s fees, and punitive damages. The court sharply limited the damages that the plaintiff might recover. The Court of Appeals of Georgia affirmed the holding that the plaintiff could not recover any damages related to attending law school, because the defendant lawyer did not proximately cause those alleged damages. The Court of Appeals described the plaintiff’s claim, that a lawyer must pay to remake a client’s life, as “preposterous.”

Attorneys Involved
Johannes S. Kingma

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