Davis Saperstein & Salomon, PC of Teaneck, a nationally known law firm representing victims of personal injuries, is pleased to announce the formation of a new department devoted to prosecuting cases of lawyer malpractice and focusing on the law governing lawyers. Heading up the new department at Davis Saperstein & Salomon is Bennett J. Wasserman, a renowned law professor at Hofstra University Law School, who teaches senior law students how to sue and defend lawyers in legal malpractice cases. Wasserman is a 36 year veteran of this highly specialized area of law, who had previously served as counsel to a prominent Newark, New Jersey law firm. Wasserman brings with him as part of his practice group, associate Krishna J. Shah, who has litigated with Wasserman many of his cases. Shah, like Wasserman, has solid experience in both prosecuting and defending lawyer malpractice cases.
In addition to representing both public and private corporations in legal malpractice lawsuits against some of America’s largest firms, Wasserman, is also internationally recognized as a strategic consultant and expert witness in lawyer malpractice and legal ethics cases. He has appeared in over 1,000 litigated legal malpractice cases throughout the country. His expert opinions have provided the basis on which many reported court decisions have been made.
Ben Wasserman has been certified as a civil trial attorney by the New Jersey Supreme Court since1985. He has earned the highest ratings from SuperLawyers and Best Lawyers in the United States in the areas of legal malpractice law. In 2008, the New Jersey Law Journal voted him “Lawyer of the Year”. And Forbes Magazine featured Wasserman in a full length article about suing lawyers for their malpractice. Wasserman serves as Editor, and Shah as Associate Editor, of the Legal Malpractice Law Review, a popular internet based blog, which provides a growing on-line archive of court cases dealing with lawyer malpractice and ethics.
In 2008, Wasserman made legal headlines when he successfully represented SuperLawyers Magazine, a subsidiary of Thomson Reuter’s Findlaw, before the Supreme Court of New Jersey defending the publisher’s free speech right to rate selected lawyers and publish their findings.
“It seems to me,” said Wasserman, “that legal malpractice is one of the most serious types of losses a client can suffer. Clients inherently trust their lawyers. If they damage a client through their own negligence, whether the client is an individual or a corporation, that betrayal of trust alone can be devastating to the client, who then becomes the lawyer’s victim and deserves compensation. No doubt about that.”
Wasserman cites as one of his reasons for joining Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C. the firm’s flexibility and willingness to enter into contingent fee arrangements on a case by case arrangement with clients or corporate counsel. Stating, “unfortunately, many viable cases have been abandoned by corporate counsel unwilling to throw good money at an already losing situation. Contingency fee arrangements, in many instances, create the opportunity for corporations financially harmed by a lawyer’s negligence to recover their losses.”
Before coming to Davis Saperstein & Salomon, PC, Wasserman and Shah were affiliated with Stryker Tams & Dill, LLP in Newark.