A former client of Sacramento divorce attorney Thomas Woodruff and family law firm Woodruff, O’Hair and Posner alleges more than $1 million in damages in a malpractice lawsuit filed against the attorney and firm. In the case filed in Sacramento County Superior Court, plaintiff Wei-Jen Luann charges that Woodruff’s errors during her divorce cost her more than a million dollars.
The case represents more negative news for the firm, which Sacramento Family Law Court watchdogs claim is a poster child of corruption and collusion in the local family court system. The firm is now known as Woodruff, O’Hair, Posner & Salinger, Inc., and each of the four partners has been accused of unethical conduct.
Besides Woodruff’s malpractice problem, partners Paula Salinger and Jeff Posner have been caught filing fake documents with the court. Posner also was caught using his status as a temporary judge for public relations purposes, a violation of the Code of Judicial Ethics, the state ethical standards temporary judges are required to follow.
Partner Robert O’Hair testified as a character witness in defense of controversial Judge Peter McBrien during the judge’s second prosecution for misconduct by the Commission on Judicial Performance. Salinger also was caught violating court rules and state law when she filed an illegal, unsworn request for attorney fee sanctions against an indigent, unrepresented pro per litigant. Click here to view Salinger's court filing.
All four partners also serve as judge pro tems in the same court. Family court watchdogs have catalogued multiple instances of collusion between judge pro tem attorneys and full-time judges in Sacramento County. In the malpractice case, Woodruff and the firm are represented by Johnson, Schachter & Lewis in Sacramento. Plaintiff Wei-Jen Luann is represented by veteran malpractice attorney Edward Freidberg.
To view the 2014 first amended complaint for legal malpractice filed in Sacramento County Superior Court against Woodruff and the firm, click here.
To view the original 2004 complaint for legal malpractice filed in Sacramento County Superior Court against Woodruff and the firm, click here.