Stanley Blackwood vs. Patrick Martin & Hardee, Martin, Jaynes, Ivy

Stanley Blackwood vs. Patrick Martin & Hardee, Martin, Jaynes, Ivy
W2000-01573-COA-R3-CV
This is a legal malpractice case arising from an underlying criminal conviction. The plaintiff prisoner was convicted on twelve counts, including one count of first degree murder. The plaintiff sued the defendant attorneys for malpractice, alleging, inter alia, that the defendants negligently failed to conduct a thorough investigation and that, after the plaintiff terminated the defendants' services, the defendants improperly retained a portion of the retainer fee paid by the plaintiff for post-trial representation. The defendant attorneys filed a motion to dismiss and/or for summary judgment. The plaintiff then filed a motion seeking the appointment of a court-appointed expert, which was denied. The trial court subsequently granted the defendants' motion for summary judgment. The plaintiff now appeals. We affirm, finding that the trial court did not abuse its discretion in declining to appoint an expert and did not err in granting the defendants' motion for summary judgment.
Authoring Judge: 
Judge Holly M. Kirby
Originating Judge: 
Jon Kerry Blackwood
Date Filed: 
Friday, February 23, 2001