Not only was solo practitioner Constant S. Poholek Jr. worried about the outcome of a legal malpractice lawsuit filed against him, he also feared that it would affect the extent to which other bankruptcy attorneys could protect their clients, he told on Monday.

Poholek was sued by Pensco Trust Co. Custodian FBO Richard J. Fagan and Pensco Trust Co. Custodian FBO James P. Tiernan, two self-directed individual retirement accounts under the control of Richard J. Fagan and James P. Tiernan. The complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, alleged legal malpractice; fraud, misrepresentation, and deceit; negligent misrepresentation; abuse of processes; and violation of G. L. c 93A, relating to the regulation of business practices for consumer protection.