Thank you for your response.
I mentioned witnesses because I really do not know enough specifics about your case so I wanted to make sure to be thorough and let you know that if there were witnesses, you should call them to testify. While you think it is absurd, if I did not mention it and there was a witness, then I would be remiss in failing to mention it to you.
Everything you are saying about what a normal lawyer would do is based on your non-expert opinion (which really is correct, but not the way the law actually works in court) and in order for the court to accept any opinions, those opinions must come from an expert in the matter under the US Supreme Court cases of Frye and Daubert, which set the standards for expert testimony
, since the rules of evidence forbid testifying as to opinion unless you are qualified as an expert by the court (experts are the only ones who can testify as to their opinions).
Her not showing you the discovery before the mediation after she put it in a letter to you would be evidence of her breach of contract
with you at the very least (if not malpractice).
Failure to address taxes and costs is also malpractice, based on the way you are describing it. However, again, that is an opinion of mine which coincides with your opinion, but for a court to accept it, an expert must testify in court to that.
Failure to prepare for mediation or court hearing is also malpractice and again, an expert has to testify to that, since your opinion (which again is correct) is not acceptable under the rules of evidence.