Editor’s note: This article is the first part in a series.

With more than 1.2 million lawyers in the United States (almost 50,000 active attorneys in Pennsylvania alone), the frequency and severity of legal malpractice actions are unquestionably on the rise. Historically, legal malpractice claims are dominated by the areas of plaintiffs personal injury and real estate, which together account for about half of all legal malpractice actions. However, both anecdotally and statistically, legal malpractice actions against civil defense attorneys are on the rise. Over the last 20 years, the percentage of legal malpractice actions that involve claims against civil defense attorneys has nearly doubled and they now account for approximately 10 percent of all legal malpractice cases.

Who Sues Civil Defense Attorneys?

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