On May 15 2013 i hired a lawyer to represent me in my bitter landlord tenant litigation. He promised me an aggressive, professional, top notch representation - in fact he is #1 in the area. However, i have not heard from him ever since, For almost 11 weeks ALL my emails and phone calls go unresponded to, except once he emailed me that he has been busy with other clients, and then is off on vacation.
the 11 weeks that passed not only delayed my suit by that time, which also means additional 3 months of escrowed monies, which is a huge sum (the judge ordered the rent money in escrow until the stabilization is determined and the rent is set). it also means additional 11 weeks of landlord harassment, and he has been vicious.
Bt the most important issue is the that my attorney failed to deposit my money in escrow! It is 2 weeks overdue now, violating the judge's order, and possibly jeorpadizing my case! i emailed him 4 times and called him 2 to tell him to deposit the check (copies of emails saved, messages taped). he never responded, and the check has not been deposited.
So are the attorney's actions, apart from negligence, qualified as malpractice at this point? he is quite aware of the repercussions of missing escrow dates, and at this point is is two weeks. Is my case going to be jeopardized in court by this, even if I show that it is the attorney's conduct, not my negligence, that resulted in failure to deposit money into escrow? what recourse do I have at this point? Grievance
procedure takes up to 45 days. how can I get him straightened out? Can some institution put pressure on his to get his act toegtehr and start working on my case? thank you.