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Bad results might occur at trial, on appeal, in arbitrations, or as a result of the closing of a commercial transaction. However, attorneys are not liable simply because a bad result has occurred. For example, a plaintiff’s attorney is not liable to his or her client simply because the jury awards less than the settlement demand. Likewise, a defense attorney is not liable to his or her client because the court or jury awards more than the settlement offer. Attorneys are not liable solely because an appellate court rules against their client. In addition, attorneys handling arbitrations are not liable simply because of a bad result or when the arbitrators exceed their authority. Finally, transactional attorneys are not liable when the deal goes awry or when the business fails following the closing. This article will examine the above situations and explain why and how this immunity applies to attorneys.

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