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Legal Malpractice

San Francisco Legal Malpractice Attorney

Attorneys are held to a high standard of professionalism within the field. They are required to work ethically and to conduct themselves professionally and with the client's best interest in mind. When the lawyer fails to do so, and this causes financial loss to the client, the attorney may be guilty of legal malpractice. Lawyers at our San Francisco law firm are experienced in litigating legal malpractice cases and may be able to help you receive compensation for losses suffered as a result of another attorney's negligent or wrongful actions.

Understanding Medical Provider Responsibilities

It can be very difficult, however, to win a case involving legal malpractice. San Francisco and national clients must prove that the attorney mishandled their case and that the mishandling directly caused financial losses for the client.

This means that the client and his or her legal malpractice lawyers must prove the following:

  • Duty – In order to bring a claim of legal malpractice, a plaintiff will have to show a binding relationship between attorney and client. Proof of this relationship would establish that both parties entered into the agreement willingly.
  • Breach – The plaintiff would have to bring forth evidence that the attorney breached that legally binding contract, or failed to perform duties that were integral to the outcome of the case.
  • Causation – The plaintiff must show that the breach of duty directly caused or contributed to the loss of the case, or the diminished value of the case.
  • Damages – “Damages” are the losses to the client because of the breach of duty.

Pursue Justice for Your Family

Because all of these elements must be proven, it is often difficult to win cases involving legal malpractice. Our team at Bostwick & Peterson, LLC encourages potential clients to seek legal representation immediately as these cases can be complex. It is important that potential clients hire legal malpractice lawyers who have experience proving negligence and the potential value of lost or under -settled cases.

As dedicated lawyers, we understand the pain you are going through. You put your trust in another law firm and they did not represent you properly. We can help you file a claim against another firm for compensation if they treated you poorly resulting in personal financial loss. Our years in practice has led to deep insight in to how best to resolve a legal malpractice claim. We have won over $1 Billion dollars for our clients during the sixty years span and been nominated for awards in Newsweek and Forbes magazine. It can be intimidating to file a claim against another law firm, especially if you do not have a good relationship with them.

Contact us today, we can guide you through the entire process.


  • Inner Circle of Advocates
    Inner Circle of Advocates

    Invitation-only organization of the top 100 plaintiff trial lawyers in the U.S.

  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers
    International Academy of Trial Lawyers

    Former President of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, limited to the top 500 trial lawyers in the U.S.

  • Super Lawyers 2023
    Super Lawyers 2023

    James S. Bostwick and Erik L. Peterson have been named top-rated medical malpractice attorneys in Northern California.

  • American Board of Trial Advocates
    American Board of Trial Advocates

    Invitation-only group of the nation’s top civil lawyers and judges.

  • American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys
    American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys

    James Bostwick is a nationally certified medical malpractice specialist and founding member.

  • The Best Lawyers in America
    The Best Lawyers in America

    Recognized since its inception in 1983 by this peer-reviewed publication, comprised of the best legal talent in the world.

  • Best Law Firms 2024
    Best Law Firms 2024

    Recognized for professional excellence with impressive ratings from clients and peers.

  • The National Trial Lawyers
    The National Trial Lawyers

    James Bostwick & Erik Peterson are listed in the Top 100 Trial Lawyers.

  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates
    Multi-Million Dollar Advocates

    An exclusive group limited to less than 1% of U.S. attorneys who have won multi-million dollar results.

  • Lawdragon

    James Bostwick inducted into the Hall of Fame and featured among the Top 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers in America.

  • America's Top 100 Med Mal Litigators
    America's Top 100 Med Mal Litigators

    James Bostwick's exceptional talents have been recognized by America’s Top 100 Medical Malpractice Litigators®, where he remains among some of the most esteemed medical malpractice litigators throughout the country.


What Sets Bostwick & Peterson, LLP Apart?

  • More than $1 billion recovered for our clients
  • Since January 2018, the firm has twice broken the California record for the largest medical malpractice settlement
  • James Bostwick was named Trial Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers® in 2012
  • James Bostwick is a Nationally Certified Specialist by the American Board of Professional Liability
  • Included in the list of "Best Lawyers in America" by U.S. News - Best Lawyers® since its inception in 1983
  • James Bostwick received the Trial Lawyers "Presidential Award of Merit"
  • James Bostwick is a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates, limited to the nation’s top 100 plaintiff lawyers
  • Record-setting verdicts and settlements in five states for medical malpractice and motor vehicle accidents
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