Mr. Spence (plaintiff), a landlord, was sued by his tenant. Spence engaged Hilliard and others (defendants) to defend the action and pursue a counterclaim that was compulsory. The defendants successfully defended the action but did not assert the counterclaim. Instead, the defendants filed the counterclaim as a claim against the tenant in a separate suit, which was dismissed because the claim should have been raised as a counterclaim. Spence then sued the defendants for malpractice, alleging that he had been damaged in the amount of $59,273.68. The trial court directed a verdict in favor of the defendants on the grounds that Spence had failed to demonstrate that he had suffered damages or that any judgment against the tenant would have been collectible. Spence appealed.