Layfield & Wallace Wins Legal Malpractice, Fraud and Breach of Fiduciary Duty Suit Against a Group of Attorneys and Law Firms

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Layfield & Wallace, APC secures another verdict of over $600k in a Legal Malpractice/Breach of Fiduciary Duty for their client

Layfield & Wallace, APC continues their winning streak by obtaining a favorable verdict in Legal Malpractice/Breach of Fiduciary duty against two attorneys, Eric Morris and John Habashy as well as Morris’ firm, The Southern California Lawyer’s Group, PC. Bradley S. Wallace and Daniel S. DeSantis of Layfield & Wallace represented the plaintiff Gary Guseinov, who was the defendant’s former client. The name of the case was Gary Guseinov v. Eric Morris, John Habashy, Southern California Lawyer's Group (Case number GC049017.) The case was tried in the County of Los Angeles - North Central District (Glendale)

According to court documents, in August of 2010, Guseinov sought counsel from Morris and Habashy as he was a co-defendant in a Unlawful Detainer case involving a commercial lease with over 200k in delinquent rent. The other client was also an attorney and had a relationship with the Defendant. The attorney’s not only intentionally withheld information from the Plaintiff but they also facilitated a company and individual bankruptcy for the other client and a business that was supposed to be indemnifying the Plaintiff per a prior exit agreement. Shortly after the co-client and business were discharged in bankruptcy, the Defendant attorney’s sent correspondence to Plaintiff that they needed to withdraw due to “insurmountable conflict.” The UD case went to trial, judgment was entered against Plaintiff. After Plaintiff settled with Landlord, litigation was filed in March of 2012 against the Defendant Attorneys. After four hours of deliberation, a jury awarded Guseinov $619,039.95.

At Layfield & Wallace it is impossible to be successful unless they understand a client’s story. They pride itself by not acting like the stereotypical obnoxious lawyers many have experienced. They are the entrepreneurs of the law and they use their skills and resources to win no matter the opponent. Layfield & Wallace are the best of the best and they get better every day.

Layfield & Wallace’s personal injury division handles cases of all sizes and 95% of the time they are able to resolve those cases without having to file a lawsuit. But when insurance companies don’t play fair, Layfield & Wallace’s trial division takes over the case and stack the deck in their favor by planning the battle before the other side even knows they are at war.

The trial division is comprised of skilled associates, paralegals, legal analysts, medical doctors, and investigators. They appear in courtrooms all over the country and handles approximately one jury trial every single month. They try more cases than 99% of all plaintiff law firms. The insurance companies know this and the defense lawyers understand the risks of going to trial against Layfield & Wallace. The reality is that Layfield & Wallace has the ability to obtain eight figure jury verdicts where most firms might lose the case.

If you believe you or a loved one has been involved in a personal injury or business litigation case, please contact Philip Layfield at philip(at)layfieldwallace(dot)com. With multiple locations in Southern California and beyond, we also can be reached at 949-202-5511 or visit the firm website at


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