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Legal Malpractice Lawyers

Legal Malpractice Lawyers in Elmira, New York

Welcome to the Ziff Law Firm, LLP’s legal malpractice webpage. Our attorneys have been providing skilled, aggressive and ethical legal services to clients throughout New York and Pennsylvania for over half a century. We provide the full range of legal services to our clients including helping those who have been damaged by a lawyer’s mistake or misconduct. We are committed to upholding our fellow attorneys’ ethical and legal obligations to their clients. At Ziff Law Firm, we appreciate the deep trust that our clients place in us and work hard to preserve that trust and maintain the integrity of our industry. If you believe that you have been damaged by an attorney’s professional malpractice, please contact us today to discuss your situation. We do the best we possibly can for every client in every case. We have a proven track record of achieving great results on behalf of our clients.

Legal malpractice suits are based on an attorney’s failure to perform legal services according to a minimum standard of professional care imposed by the law. When this breach of duty causes injury and actual loss, clients may be entitled to compensation in the form of damages. If you think that your attorney failed in their duty regarding the handling of your case, you need an attorney who can prove that your former attorney’s actions caused you injury and actual loss.

Some of the general reasons for legal malpractice suits include:

  • Negligence occurs in cases where an attorney has failed in their duty to act in a reasonably careful way. Failure to properly advise a client; accepting cases for which they are not qualified; mishandling a case; missing court deadlines; and failing to adequately investigate a case are some of the types of negligence for which an attorney may be liable.
  • Breach of Fiduciary Duty — the client/attorney relationship is special and is known as a “fiduciary relationship”. Fiduciary relationships impose the highest duty under the law. Attorneys must act with the “utmost care” and treat the client’s interests as their own, providing undivided loyalty to their client. In cases where a lawyer has acted with a conflict of interest, improper motives, or betrayed the confidence of their client, they may be liable for a breach of fiduciary duty.
  • Conflicts of Interests that occur if a lawyer’s personal interests or representation of another client’s interest that opposes yours.
  • Missing the Statute of Limitations
  • Incorrect Real Estate Title searches
  • Fee Agreements and Disputes

Clients are entitled to place complete trust and confidence in the lawyer hired to represent them. The legal team at Ziff Law Firm takes legal malpractice personally, and we are committed to restoring your faith in legal professionals. Please contact Ziff Law Firm at 1–800-806‑2852, or save time with our Contact Form. Our reputation for success is based on our ability to provide our clients with the tools necessary to successfully pursue legal malpractice cases.


  • I would like to personally Thank everyone at the Ziff Law Firm, especially Karen Wheadon for all that they have done for me regarding an injury that I sustained during a motor vehicle accident. Karen and Jim were very understanding and thoughtful when it came to my needs. When I needed answers, Karen always found time to answer the call. Mr. Reed is a very knowledgeable person when it comes to injury claims. Without this amazing team I would have been lost, when an injury is sustained and you feel like there is no one there to help you, you don’t know where to turn. I was fortunate enough to find this team who was willing to do what it took to help guide me through this process. I can’t begin to thank them enough for the hard work, long hours and dedication that they put into my case. I would be more than happy to refer anyone whom I know to this law firm, knowing that they would put as much dedication into the next case as they did mine.

    Frank Rugiero, Elmira, NY

  • My sister in law and I were involved in a fatal motor vehicle accident approximtely 1 1/2 years ago. We were broken physically and emotionally. A friend recommended Ziff Law Firm and more specifically Mr. Jim Reed. We hired Mr. Reed and his team and it was the best decision we could have made. Jim Reed is a fantastic attorney. Just as importantly he is a fantastic person. Mr. Reed never promised us the moon. He was careful to advise us of the good and the bad that could happen. Many places will tell you anything to get you as a client. This was not the case with Mr. Reed. I found his approach full of professionalism, kindness and compassion, integrity and patience. We never waited long for an answer to questions we might have and sometimes we got our answer after hours before the weekends start. Just as important, Jim can be a fighter when the time calls for it. Not only did Jim posess these quality’s his paralegal Karen Wheadon has them also.
    If you or your family or friends are in NEED of a stellar attorney and staff, look no further than Elmira NY. Jim Reed and the staff of Ziff Law Firm is the place you want on YOUR side.

    Terri O’Rourke, Big Flats, NY

  • Adam was my attorney for an auto accident I had in 2002. From the very first day I met him I was at ease talking with him. He always called me back with’in the day if I called him for any reason. He also had me in on several occasions to discuss my case. I was also very happy with the amount of settlement he was able to get for me. I would like to Thank Adam and the whole firm for the way I was treated during my suite.

    Mitzi Raymond

  • We just have to send you a note to let you know how pleased we are with the outcome of our case. Christina is a very intelligent lady who exudes professionalism. Her compassion and kindness put us at ease from the very early days of her becoming a part of our case. We felt she truly empathized with our dilemma. She not only understood our pain and fears, she lived it with us. (You, and all of the Ziff employees we came in contact with, made us feel you were there for us because you cared).

    Larry and Diane, NY