A recent Forbes article pointed out that lawyers are increasingly subject to lawsuits – not from their clients – but from third parties who may have been injured from the lawyer’s legal advice. The article said, "It has become routine for lawyers to sue lawyers."
Traditional malpractice suits are holding steady although the awards appear to be growing. Many of the largest verdicts stem from conflict of interest cases.
The Equal Opportunity Commission even sued a 1,600 lawyer law firm claiming it demoted 31 shareholders because of their age.
The cloak is apparently off lawyers who were once treated as the gatekeepers of the courthouse. One thing is certain – lawyers will not receive any sympathy cards from doctors.