• Federal Jury Renders Defense Verdict for Conroy Simberg Clients and Awards $16.4 Million Against Co-Defendants in Legal Malpractice Action
  • October 2, 2017 | Author: Jeffrey A. Blaker
  • Law Firm: Conroy Simberg - West Palm Beach Office
  • Jeffrey A. Blaker, a partner in the firm’s West Palm Beach office recently obtained a huge win for his New York law firm and attorney clients in a legal malpractice case following a two-week federal jury trial in West Palm Beach. The Personal Representative of the Estate of Oliver Wilson Bivins, Sr., a deceased Texas oil executive, filed suit against several lawyers and their law firms, and alleged that they had breached their fiduciary duties and committed legal malpractice. The lawyers and firms were retained by Mr. Bivins’ court appointed guardians to represent the interests of Mr. Bivins in securing his interests in multiple assets and real estate in Texas, New York, London, and Florida. The Personal Representative claimed that the lawyers ran up excessive and unnecessary legal fees, and that their work resulted in the waste of assets and property of Mr. Bivins, including his claimed equitable interests in a $20 million mansion in New York City.

    The jury entered a verdict of $16.4 million in favor of the Plaintiff against the Co-Defendants but completely exonerated Mr. Blaker’s clients. Mr. Blaker convinced the jury that his clients performed their services in a professional and ethical manner and within the generally accepted standards of care. Additionally, Mr. Blaker secured a ruling from the court during trial striking the Personal Representative’s legal malpractice expert based on the Daubert standard.