Legal Malpractice Claims Driven by Insufficient Protections Against Conflicts

Ames & Gough’s most recent annual survey of lawyers’ professional liability (LPL) insurance claims found that malpractice claims are being driven by inadequate protection against conflicts of interest as well as participation in emerging and complex practice areas, according to an Insurance Journal report. In every year since the survey... Read more →


Cyber Liability - Can An Engagement Letter Protect You From Cyber-Related Liability?

Beginning with the assumption that all the lawyers in your firm are actually drafting and updating client engagement letters on a regular basis, are you also utilizing your engagement letter to guard against a cyber-related liability claim from your client and minimizing your risk? If not, you are missing a... Read more →


Appellate Court Reaffirms Principle That Lawyers Possess the Freedom to Make Reasonable Strategic Choices in Litigation Without Fear of Liability

It is well-settled law in most jurisdictions that litigators have the freedom to use reasonable judgment in making strategic choices on behalf of their clients, without fear of legal malpractice liability. Despite this, lawyers are not immune from attacks on their decision making, with clients routinely trying to “second guess”... Read more →


Exactly When Does a Claim for Legal Malpractice Become Time-Barred? Understanding the Continuous Representation Doctrine

It is widely understood that the Statute of Limitations – the timeframe in which it is appropriate to file a claim – for Legal Malpractice in New York, as in many jurisdictions, is three (3) years1. However, when does a potential claim accrue, thus commencing that three year period? When... Read more →


Law Firm Support Staff: Recognizing Their Role in Avoiding Legal Malpractice Claims

They hold various titles for their daily roles in the practice of law: paralegal, legal secretary, paraprofessional, law clerk, project assistant, docketing clerk, research assistant, and the list is ever expanding. Regardless of their title, members of law firm support staff serve a critical role in the daily practice of... Read more →