Legal Malpractice Suit Over Beehive Defense

The South Dakota Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal on a case surrounding the defense of three beehive keepers. One lawyer handled the case of three beekeepers who in 2007 were fighting the restriction and use of beehives on private property. When the attorneys proposed the settlement two beekeepers agreed and one did not, this disagreement later led to the legal malpractice suit.

The case of Roger Hamilton vs. Richard A. Sommers,Melissa E. Neville and Bantz, Gosch & Cremer, Prof, LLC can be viewed here.

Although the lawyer won the case and may withstand the appeal, the case highlights the need for strong conflict of interest documentation. Contact to discuss putting controls in place to lower your malpractice insurance cost.