Paul Sortland of Sortland Law Office - Civil Litigation in Minneapolis

Paul Sortland leverages more than three decades of legal experience to lead Sortland Law Office in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In his practice, he focuses on civil litigation, with an emphasis on commercial lawsuits, medical and legal malpractice, and significant personal injury cases related to negligence. He frequently represents both companies and individuals during disputes and lawsuits. A Minnesota State Bar Association Certified Civil Trial Law Specialist, Paul Sortland has extensive experience securing settlements and positive jury verdicts for his clients.

Over the course of his career, Sortland has garnered a number of accolades for his work, including the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rating. He has also been recognized on lists like Who's Who in American Law. Additionally, he has earned inclusion in the national Million Dollar Advocates Forum and been named a Super Lawyer by Minnesota Law & Politics.

An active member of the legal community, Paul Sortland has served as an adjunct professor of business law at Moorhead State University and contributed to various industry publications. He has further assisted his community as the former president of the Downtown Minneapolis Kiwanis Club.

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A Look at Legal Malpractice in the US

Attorney Paul Sortland has been with Sortland Law Office in Minneapolis, Minnesota, for nearly 25 years. A certified civil trial law attorney with the Minnesota State Bar Association, Paul Sortland has experience practicing in various areas of law, including legal malpractice.

Legal malpractice is a charge that can be brought against attorneys who have negatively influenced their client's chances at a successful trial outcome through breach of contract, a violation of fiduciary responsibility, or some other form of negligence or deception. Legal malpractice is a complex subject that can take many forms, though there are a few types of legal malpractice that occur more frequently than others.

According to the American Bar Association, instances of failure to know or properly apply the law comprised 11.3 percent of legal malpractice cases between 2000 and 2007, more than any other type of malpractice. Other common cases involved planning errors, inadequate discovery and investigation processes, and failure to file documents in a timely manner, each at just under 9 percent.

More serious offenses that occurred with some regularity ranged from conflict of interest, at 5.3 percent, to fraud, which constituted 5 percent of all legal malpractice in the United States. Less common occurrences involved simple errors of mathematics and the misplacement of physical documents.