Attorney Professional Liability: Responding to Claims and Minimizing Malpractice Risks

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

Conducted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013

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This CLE course will prepare law practitioners to assess professional liability risks, defend against complaints, respond to malpractice claims, and take proactive loss prevention steps.


Whether based on negligence, intentional conduct, or aiding and abetting, legal malpractice claims are an ever-present risk for attorneys. Practitioners must be prepared to respond to a malpractice claim, to assess the source and basis of the claim, and to assert the appropriate defense.

There are a wide array of possible defenses, including statute of limitations, proximate causation, the continuous representation doctrine, redundancy of pleadings, res judicata, third-party exposure or privity, in pari delicto, and the sophisticated client doctrine.

Firms must also plan and implement proactive loss prevention steps to minimize the risk of malpractice claims.

Listen as our panel of professional liability counsel discusses the challenges that arise with attorney malpractice claims. The panel will prepare practitioners to assess claims, evaluate potential defenses, and implement proactive loss prevention strategies.



  1. Identifying malpractice claims against the attorney professional
  2. Defenses
    1. Statute of limitations
    2. Proximate cause
    3. Continuous representation doctrine
    4. Redundancy of pleadings
    5. Res judicata/collateral estoppel
    6. Third-party exposure or privity
    7. Sophisticated client doctrine
    8. In pari delicto defense
  3. Loss prevention best practices


The panel will review these and other key questions:

  • What are the key defense strategies for responding to legal malpractice claims?
  • What steps should firms implement to minimize the risk of professional liability claims?
  • What are the best practices for assessing legal professional liability claims?

Following the speaker presentations, you'll have an opportunity to get answers to your specific questions during the interactive Q&A.


Jonathan B. Bruno
Jonathan B. Bruno

Kaufman Borgeest & Ryan

He focuses on the defense of lawyers, accountants, insurance agents and brokers, real estate agents and brokers, title...  |  Read More

Kristopher M. Dennis
Kristopher M. Dennis

Kaufman Borgeest & Ryan

His practice concentrates in the fields of legal malpractice, miscellaneous professional liability and insurance...  |  Read More

Susan K. Eggum
Susan K. Eggum

Lane Powell

She tries claims involving securities fraud, officer and director malfeasance, usurpation of corporate opportunity,...  |  Read More

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