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By Warren R. Trazenfeld, Esq.

Chutzpah is a Yiddish term which is defined as personal confidence or courage that allows someone to do or say things that may seem shocking to others. This term came to mind recently when a lawyer in Tampa, who actively advertises for Plaintiff’s legal malpractice cases, called me with a “legal malpractice question”. I often respond to questions from legal malpractice defense lawyers who seek out my assistance. These inquires typically involve areas of Florida law to which there are no answers and I find the exchange intellectually stimulating. It is also always interesting to see how the dark side is thinking and, yes, my ego is massaged by the phone call. However, I never assist competitors without compensation.

When I did not respond to the competitor’s phone call, I thought that would end the matter. Silly me. In a display of “chutzpah”, the lawyer, or more likely, one of his assistants, contacted me with an inquiry through Martindale Hubbell. He posted a question which had been asked by a trial court judge during trial. I did not respond.

What I wanted to say was buy my book ,Florida Legal Malpractice and Attorney Ethics, it has all the answers.


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