$19,333.52 Judgment Awarded Against the Law Offices of Paul A. Herman
Back in 2013, our client faced insurmountable credit card debt incurred paying for medical expenses when her child broke a limb. Like many honest people who don’t want to file bankruptcy, she was contacted by a debt settlement company that promised to “resolve” her delinquent accounts. But this debt settlement company was more than a garden-variety debt settlement company. This outfit was a real law firm, operated by a real lawyer.
One of the many promises made by this company was that if the client was sued by a debt collector or creditor, they would defend her against any such lawsuit. My client paid $7,500 to this outfit, and trusted them to resolve her problems.
Well, sure enough, she got sued by one of her creditors. And guess what? The debt settlement lawyer didn’t defend her, nor did he find anyone else to defend her. She ended up having to refinance her mortgage and sacrifice thousands of dollars of home equity to settle the credit card lawsuit.
She was furious and hurt, so she called me. We sued the law office and its principal, Paul A. Herman, a Boca Raton, Florida lawyer for breach of fiduciary duty and legal malpractice. After months of litigation, the Circuit Court of Mobile County awarded our client a judgment for $19,333.52 plus court costs.
The court found her actual financial loss to be $3,583.38, awarded emotional distress damages of $10,750.14, and $5,000 in punitive damages.
A copy of the order can be found here: Judgment: Phillips v. Herman.