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William K. Browning
Robert N. Hocker

Welcome to BrowningHocker – California Legal Malpractice Attorneys

Specializing in legal malpractice, civil litigation and employment law in San Diego and throughout California

For more than 20 years, the professionals atBrowning Hockerhave dedicated themselves to providing clients with energetic, thoughtful and skilled representation in the areas of legal malpractice, civil litigation and employment law.

William K. Browning is a seasoned employment litigator who has represented clients ranging from individuals to large corporations. In addition to proactively counseling clients on employment issues such as compliance, contracts, risk management and insurance coverage, he has also litigated a wide range of employment disputes. These points of conflict ranged from wrongful termination and discrimination to sexual harassment, wage and whistleblower claims, and cases involving trade secrets and privacy violations, among many others.

Robert N. Hocker has been a civil litigator and engaged in a number of jury trials throughout his career. He has significant experience in several areas, including business and employment litigation, legal malpractice, personal injury, real estate and construction litigation. In addition, he has handled hundreds of claims against public entities involving civil rights, employment, construction and special education. His efforts have earned him the AV Preeminent Rating, the highest possible rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

Much of the work conducted by Browning Hocker involvesLegal Malpractice. This is a complicated area of law based on proving that an attorney failed in their duty to act according to an appropriate level of standards or that they did not comply with codes of ethical and professional conduct.

Not winning a case is insufficient grounds for seeking retribution due to legal malpractice. It must be proven that an attorney representing a client was negligent or in breach of a contract. This can happen when an attorney has a conflict of interest between two competing clients, or they violate a fiduciary duty by not properly managing money or property when it is assumed they will act in good faith, or they are careless, indifferent or negligent in executing their duties.

In cases of negligence, it must be made clear to the court that a client would have prevailed in their case if not for the negligence of the attorney. In addition, to prove negligence, four elements must also be proven. They include:

• The attorney representing a client owed them a duty to provide skilled and competent representation.
• The attorney breached that duty by acting in a careless manner or by making a mistake.
• The attorney’s breach resulted in some form of harm or injury to the client.
• That injury or harm resulted in a financial loss to the client.

Most cases of legal malpractice do not end up going to trial. Instead, many cases are settled before trial, or an agreement is reached using an arbitrator. While the principals at Browning Hocker are ready to go to trial in all cases where it makes sense, they will also advise clients when it is in their best interests to seek a settlement, thus avoiding a longer, more costly and emotionally draining experience.

Civil Litigation can take on many forms but basically, encompasses the broad area of law involving disputes seeking the execution of specific performance or the exchange of money. Types of civil litigation can include:

• Landlord/tenant disputes
• Personal injury claims
• Product liability lawsuits
• Construction liability lawsuits
• Divorces
• Workers’ compensation claims
• Medical malpractice suits
• Intellectual property disagreements
• Environmental law

Because civil litigation encompasses such a widespread area of legal issues, an attorney must be well versed in several areas of law. Much of this knowledge can only be gained through years of experience in dealing with courts and the legal system, which is why clients of Browning Hocker will often times have a distinct advantage throughout the various phase of a civil litigation case.

Employment Law is governed by a myriad of local, state and federal regulations that have an impact on many parts of an employer’s relationship with their employees. California has an especially stringent and complicated set of employment laws that can supersede and overlap federal regulations, creating a unique set of challenges for employers big and small throughout the state.

Browning Hocker routinely advises employers in a proactive manner when it comes to employment laws, as well as representing employers in a wide range of circumstances. Cases range from wages and risk management to employment contracts, insurance and many other related workplace issues. The overall goal is to maintain the financial health of businesses that are represented, ensuring they remain viable in all kinds of employment law situations.

No matter what kind of legal issues are involved, the law firm of Browning Hocker approaches each case with thoughtful deliberation, care and concern for their clients. Honest, ongoing communication and the application of the highest ethical standards mean that clients will get top notch representation leading to the best possible outcome in every case.

Browning Hocker represents clients in the San Diego County communities of San Diego, Carlsbad, Chula Vista, Oceanside, Escondido and Encinitas. We also represent Orange County clients in Anaheim, Irvine and Newport Beach as well as throughout Los Angeles County including Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Malibu, Hollywood, Hermosa Beach, Westlake Village and the San Fernando Valley. Our work also extends to points further north including Santa Barbara, Montecito, and Ventura County, and throughout the entire state of California.

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