In their August 20, 2012 issue of Missouri Lawyers Weekly, said state-wide publication recognized the Meehan Law Firm’s successful prosecution of a legal malpractice case against the St. Louis law firm of Sandberg, Phoenix and Von Gontard.  In the first-of-a-kind case, the Meehan Law Firm successfully represented an insurance company, American Alternative Insurance Company, which claimed it had been damaged by the negligent representation of the two Missouri lawyers in connection with the wrongful death lawsuit.  In the underlying lawsuit, American Alternative Insurance Corporation had hired Howard Becker, of Sandberg, Phoenix and Von Gontard, and James Broshot, to represent their insured in a wrongful death case filed in Phelps County, Missouri.  During the trial of the matter, the lawyers failed to properly disclose all applicable insurance and, after discovering the additional policy, the plaintiffs sought sanctions which resulted in a default judgment against the insurance company.  Thish exposed the insurance company to greater damages.

In a case of first impression, the Meehan Law Firm successfully brought a lawsuit against the law firm and its lawyers, alleging negligence.  No other successful cases alleging negligence in an insurance defense firm are thought to exist in Missouri.  After seven years of intense litigation, the case was settled after mediation and a confidential settlement was reached.  This case is thought to be the first of its kind in the State of Missouri.

If your Company thinks it has been misrepresented by an attorney, please contact the Meehan Law Firm to discuss your options in pursuing a civil suit.