A tort in search of a remedy: Prying open the courthouse doors for legal malpractice victims Academic Article uri icon


  • Black's Law Dictionary defines tort as a civil wrong for which a remedy may be obtained. In examining both the economics and jurisprudence related to legal malpractice, the article discusses why the remedy portion of this definition is unavailable for many victims of legal malpractice. This discussion considers the different stages of a legal malpractice case, including the challenges that injured persons face in retaining experienced counsel to represent them, the anatomy of the legal malpractice case, and the difficulties in collecting judgements or settlements. The discussion will consider how capture and judicial bias contribute to the disappearing legal malpractice trial. The conclusion proposes initiatives that could contribute to making legal malpractice a meaningful remedy for legal malpractice victims.

published proceedings

  • Fordham Law Review

author list (cited authors)

  • Fortney, S. S.

complete list of authors

  • Fortney, SS

publication date

  • April 2017