Unlike other forms of professional malpractice, legal malpractice doesn’t involve physical harm.   But legal malpractice does involve harm. Legal malpractice may cause harm in the form of the fees you paid your lawyer to represent your interests when he or she failed to do so. Legal malpractice may cause harm in the form of the money you lost as a result of a lawsuit or business deal gone bad. Legal malpractice may cause harm in the form of a lost livelihood or ruined reputation or both. In particularly egregious cases, legal malpractice cause psychological or emotional harm as a relationship founded on trust and respect slowly turns adversarial.

Oftentimes, a claim for legal malpractice begins with a simple mistake, perhaps a missed deadline or faulty legal research or imprudent phrasing in a contract.  But then the mistake is made worse because your lawyer never tells you about it, and never does anything to correct it. Maybe your lawyer hopes things will all work out.  Sometimes they do.  When they don’t, though, a simple mistake can become catastrophic. Then, you’re the one who suffers. You have a right to know why things went wrong.  We can help.

  • bartle + marcus attorneys have almost four decades combined experience representing individual and corporate clients in courts across the country.

  • bartle + marcus attorneys know what questions to ask to get you the answers you need when investigating possible legal malpractice.

  • bartle + marcus attorneys never charge for the initial consultation on a potential legal malpractice claim.

  • bartle + marcus attorneys represent clients on a contingent-fee basis in most legal malpractice cases, so there is no charge at all unless we recover.


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This is why you should hire us.

The Truth About Professional Judgment.

Just because things went wrong doesn’t mean the lawyer is to blame. But sometimes it does.

Our Process.

Different attorneys may approach your case differently. This is our way.



It was 2005.

We were partners at a successful mid-sized law firm. We were blessed with an abundance of challenging work, but most of our clients were huge companies and most of our work involved defending those companies against claims of wrongdoing. We felt little reward in what we were doing and decided it was time for a change. So we started a new law firm: Bartle & Marcus LLC. Our new firm was immediately successful. It grew in size to become Graves Bartle & Marcus LLC in 2006 and Graves Bartle Marcus & Garrett LLC in 2009.

In the summer of 2013, as our eight-year anniversary approached, the firm was thriving. But our larger size and larger client base impacted our ability to focus on the types of cases we most enjoy. We felt driven to move to a platform that would allow us greater flexibility to handle those cases and to provide individualized service to the clients who bring them. So we left the law firm we founded to start a new firm with a familiar name: Bartle & Marcus LLC.

Our mission today remains much the same as it was in 2005.
We want to represent the little guy.

We fight for the rights of individuals and businesses victimized by the people they trusted to handle their legal affairs. We are selective about the cases we take, because we recognize that even the best lawyers make mistakes, and we will not seek to impose higher standards on others than we would impose on ourselves. When we get involved, it’s because there was more than just a mistake. There was a failure to acknowledge the mistake and make things right. That’s where we come in. We help make things right.

In all cases, we pledge to use our tenacity, creativity and compassion to make a positive impact in our clients’ lives. It’s not only what we do; it’s who we are. If you have a legal problem and need someone to help, please give us a call.

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