Can a Lawyer Sue the Lawyer Who Had Replaced Him ?
In Held v. Arant (1977) 67 Cal. App. 3d 748 [134 Cal. Rptr. 422], a lawyer who was sued by his former client cross-complained against the lawyer who had replaced him, alleging a claim of traditional indemnity based on the successor lawyer's resolution of the client's matter in a manner that damaged the predecessor lawyer.
Court held that a lawyer sued for professional negligence does not have the right to seek indemnity from "another lawyer subsequently retained by the suing client in the same matter on the theory that the second lawyer's negligence enhanced rather than reduced the initial loss." (Id. at p. 750.)