CONFIDENTIAL SETTLEMENT FOR CLIENT WHOSE PRIOR LAWYER COMMITTED MALPRACTICE
Unfortunately, sometimes lawyers do not fulfill their responsibilities to a client; when lawyers violate their duties they should be held accountable. In 2014, a hospital worker was facing harassment and retaliation at her workplace in Pennsylvania. She consulted a lawyer who, instead of filing charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, filed suit in New Jersey, where the Court had no jurisdiction over the case. In order to cover up her mistakes, the lawyer then filed forged documents in Court. When the hospital worker discovered what her attorney had done, she immediately fired the lawyer and went to Harold Goodman, one of the deans of the employment law bar. Because of the prior lawyer’s mistakes and fraud, the worker lost any right to go against the hospital. Harold Goodman and Amber Racine pursued a legal malpractice case against the lawyer which resulted in a settlement that fully compensated the client, who is now working at another hospital.