We Sue Lawyers: How Sears Crawford Hold Lawyers Accountable

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We help those who find themselves locked in a business dispute or real estate dispute, with partners, family members or third-parties.

At Sears Crawford, we sue lawyers because we take an attorney’s obligation to their client seriously.  Lawyers in the state of Texas owe a Fiduciary Duty to their clients. This means that the lawyer MUST always put the client’s interest first. Ross Sears at Sears Crawford has spent his entire 30 year career fighting for the rights of clients who’s attorneys forgot or failed to put their client’s interest first. At Sears Crawford, it is our mission to help those clients get the justice they deserve.


If you’re thinking of suing a lawyer for professional negligence, Sears Crawford can help you with your case. We sue lawyers that have harmed their clients, whether it be intentional or just a professional error. Here are some things to consider when looking to sue a lawyer for misconduct or malpractice:

What is considered legal malpractice?

Since we sue lawyers as a part of our everyday practice, we are familiar with the ins and outs of legal malpractice. We have seen just about everything one could imagine.


Of course, not everything that frustrates you about your lawyer will be grounds for a legal malpractice lawsuit.


Generally speaking, Legal malpractice is when a lawyer “acts, or fails to act” as a reasonable and prudent attorney would act under the same or similar circumstances; AND that act or omission results in damages to the client. Some of the most common forms of legal malpractice include: undisclosed conflicts of interest, missing important deadlines, failing to keep the client fully informed or failing to look out for the client’s best interest.  There are essentially 4 elements to a legal malpractice claim:

A duty owed by the attorney to the client - the attorney owed you a duty to act properly.

The attorney breached that duty - the attorney was negligent, made a mistake, or did not do what he or she should have done.

Proximate cause – the attorney’s acts or omissions caused an injury to the client; and

Damages - you suffered actual financial loss/harm as a result of your attorney’s conduct.

What legal malpractice is NOT:

Before accusing your lawyer of malpractice, it is important to recognize that not all unfavorable situations are grounds for suing your lawyer. Just because your lawyer did not win your case doesn’t mean they committed malpractice.


Here are some examples of situations that would not be considered malpractice:

Your lawyer isn’t returning your phone calls

Your lawyer gets less at trial than you hoped for

Your lawyer is socializing with your opponent’s lawyer

What recourse do I have against a lawyer?

What do you do if your attorney commits malpractice in the handling of your case? Seek legal representation. We know — the prospect of hiring a new lawyer can be a hard pill to swallow while you still have a bad taste in your mouth from your last lawyer. But trust us, it’s not wise to go up against a lawyer in court without another lawyer by your side. Just be sure to find the right legal malpractice lawyer for you.


At Sears Crawford, we offer free phone or email case consultations so we can figure out how to help you. Winning a legal malpractice case is not always easy, so be sure to contact us immediately so that we can assess your situation, discuss your needs, and develop a strategy that’s right for your situation. It is a good idea to speak to a malpractice attorney before pursuing any action against your former lawyer.


It is better to hire a lawyer who is board certified in the area of personal injury law, which encompasses legal malpractice cases. Less than 5% of the attorneys in the state of Texas are Board Certified by the state of Texas. Ross Sears with Sears Crawford is Board Certified in Personal Injury Law which includes legal malpractice claims.

Are you a victim of legal malpractice? If so, we sue lawyers.

The attorneys at Sears Crawford have over 50+ years of combined experience suing lawyers for malpractice claims. “Super Lawyer” Ross Sears and partner Clay Crawford are dedicated to representing our clients anywhere, anytime, against any attorney.


We sue lawyers because our duty is to our clients, not to our attorney colleagues. Our goal is twofold: first and foremost, protect the interests of our clients; and second, to improve the integrity of our profession, one lawyer at a time.


If you want to pursue a claim against your former attorney, we are here to help you recover the money you deserve. Call Ross Sears at (713) 223-3333 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation and get your case off to the right start.