Elizabeth Van Doren Gray, William H. Jordan, Alexis K. Lindsay, Robert E. Stepp and J. Calhoun Watson, Sowell Gray Robinson Stepp & Laffitte, LLC

While it not clear exactly when South Carolina courts first recognized a client’s malpractice cause of action against his attorney, the legal malpractice claim in our state dates back to at least the early-to-mid-1800s. In the more than 180 years since the court decided the case of Johnson v. Monro there have been significant developments in the law of legal malpractice in South Carolina. Much of that development has taken place in the last twenty years and, based upon trends in legal malpractice cases across the country, it is likely that appellate courts will continue to be called upon to decide issues relating to attorney malpractice.

For better or worse, it appears legal malpractice claims- both in South Carolina and across the nation- are here to stay. With eleven chapters and more than 65 pages this book will serve as a useful and accessible resource for attorneys and insurance professionals addressing issues related to legal malpractice in South Carolina.

Summary of Contents:

CHAPTER 1 – Elements of a Claim for Legal Malpractice

CHAPTER 2 – The Attorney-Client Relationship

CHAPTER 3 – Breach of Duty

CHAPTER 4 – Proximate Causation

CHAPTER 5 - Damages

CHAPTER 6 – Relationship to Other Causes of Action

CHAPTER 7 – Third Party Claims

CHAPTER 8 - Defenses

CHAPTER 9 – Law Firm and Partner Vicarious Liability

CHAPTER 10 – Assignability of Claims

CHAPTER 11 – Federal Jurisdiction