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Controlling Costs of Legal Malpractice Insurance

Understand the basics of legal malpractice insurance and what you are paying for when purchasing insurance.

Legal malpractice insurance is a significant expense for any law firm, and for good reason. Most law firms understand that when claims arise, they do not want to be left unprotected or with insufficient insurance. But too often, law firms believe that insurance is one size fits all or that there is nothing that can be done about the high premiums paid for their insurance. This topic will provide a background on the key drivers of insurance premiums and provide tips for reducing the cost of legal malpractice insurance while still ensuring that the law firm has the insurance it needs. This includes suggestions that not only impact insurance but that help improve the health of the firm as a whole. This information will help you understand the basics of legal malpractice insurance and what you are paying for when purchasing insurance year after year.

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Agenda

The Scope of Lawyers' Professional Liability Insurance

  • Generally What LPLI Covers
  • Defense Considerations
  • Common Exclusions

The Insurance Application

  • Common Questions and Why They Are Important to Underwriters (Practice Areas, Number of Attorneys, etc.)
  • Importance of Answering Truthfully
  • Considerations for New Applicants

Key Factors Impacting Insurance Premiums

  • Important of Assessing What Coverage Is Important and What Coverage Is Not Important
  • Key Policy Provisions: Limits, Deductibles, Retroactive/Prior Knowledge Limitations
  • Internal Operations: Using Engagement Letters, File Closing Letters, etc.

Addressing Bad Claims History

  • Tips From Underwriters to Limit Impact of Prior Claims

Renewal Considerations

  • Importance of Reevaluating Practice Every Year and Advising Insurer of Changes
  • Explore the Market for Better Coverage/Premium
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Applications have not yet been submitted for Delaware, Idaho, Kentucky, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Wyoming CLE for this course. However, if you are interested in obtaining CLE for any of the listed states or have any additional credit questions please email us at [email protected] or call us at 866-352-9540.

This course was last revised on April 28, 2021.

Call 1-866-352-9540 for further credit information.

  • AK CLE 1.5
     
  • Alaska attorneys may receive 1.5 hours of continuing legal education for completing this program. Please contact the Alaska Bar Association or go to www.alaskabar.org for details regarding reciprocity with other states.
     
  • AL CLE 1.5
     
  • This course or a portion thereof has been approved by the Alabama State Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission for a maximum of 1.5 hours credit.
     
  • AR CLE 1.5
     
  • This course has been approved for 1.5 hours of CLE by the Arkansas CLE Board.
     
  • Arizona CLE 1.5
     
  • The Arizona State Bar does not pre-approve or pre-certify MCLE programs. However, records of this program and attendance will be maintained by Lorman Education Services for auditing purposes. This activity may qualify for up to 1.5 hours toward your annual CLE requirement for the State Bar of Arizona.
     
  • CA MCLE 1.5
     
  • Lorman Business Center, LLC. is a State Bar of California approved MCLE sponsor and this course qualifies for 1.5 CLE hours of participatory credit.
     
  • CO CLE 2.0
     
  • Lorman Education Services is a Certified Provider, as recognized by the Colorado Supreme Court Continuing Legal and Judicial Education Committee. This program is approved for 2.0 credit hours.
     
  • CT CLE 1.5
     
  • Neither the Connecticut Judicial Branch nor the Commission on Minimum Continuing Legal Education approve or accredit CLE providers or activities. This course has been approved for CLE credit in jurisdictions aside from CT and therefore it automatically meets the content and delivery requirements in Connecticut. Credit is based on a 60 minute credit hour and shall be awarded as follows: 1.5 CLE credit(s).
     
  • FL CLE 2.0
     
  • This course has been approved by The Florida Bar for 2.0 hours of CLE credit. Course classification: Intermediate level.
     
  • GA CLE 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Georgia Commission on Continuing Lawyer Competency for 1.5 CLE hours.
     
  • HI CLE 1.5
     
  • This program was approved by the Hawaii State Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.5 CLE credit hours.
     
  • IA CLE 1.5
     
  • Controlling Costs of Legal Malpractice Insurance is accredited under the regulations of the Iowa Supreme Court Commission on Continuing Legal Education. It is planned that this program will provide up to a maximum of 1.5 hour(s) of unmoderated credit towards the mandatory continuing legal education requirements under the Iowa rule. Please note: you can receive a maximum of 6 hours of unmoderated activities per calendar year.
     
  • IL CLE 1.5
     
  • This course was approved for a total of 1.5 hours of MCLE Credit by the Illinois MCLE Board.
     
  • IN CLE 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Indiana Commission on Continuing Legal Education. Participating attorneys are eligible to receive up to 1.5 hours of Distance Education credit.
     
  • ME CLE 1.5
     
  • This course has been approved by the State of Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar. Lawyers who complete this course shall receive 1.5 hours of CLE credit under M. Bar R. 5.
     
  • MN CLE 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Minnesota Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.5 hours of credit.
     
  • MO CLE 1.8
     
  • This course qualifies for self-study CLE credit in Missouri.
     
  • MS CLE 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Mississippi Commission on Continuing Legal Education for a maximum of 1.5 credit hours.
     
  • NC CLE 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.5 CLE hours.
     
  • ND CLE 1.5
     
  • North Dakota CLE policy does not allow for pre-approval of any self-study courses. This course may qualify for up to 1.5 hours of CLE credit.
     
  • NH MCLE 1.5
     
  • NH MCLE does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the NH Minimum CLE requirement. Lorman Education Services believes this Ondemand course meets the requirement of NH Supreme Court Rule 53 and may qualify for CLE credit(s). Program Length: 89 Minutes.
     
  • NJ CLE 1.8
     
  • This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 1.8 hours of total CLE credit.
     
  • NM CLE 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the New Mexico Minimum Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.5 hours of credit.
     
  • NV CLE 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Nevada Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.5 CLE hours.
     
  • NY CLE 1.5 including Areas of Professional Practice 1.5
     
  • This course has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York Continuing Legal Education Board for up to a maximum of 1.5 credit hours in the area(s) of Areas of Professional Practice for 1.50 hours. Each hour may be counted only as satisfying one category of credit. Duplicate credit for the same hour of instruction is not permitted. This course qualifies for both established and newly admitted attorneys. Lorman Business Center, LLC. has a financial hardship guideline. Please contact customer service at 1.866.352.9539 for instructions on how to apply.
     
  • OH CLE 1.5
     
  • This course has been approved by the Ohio Supreme Court Commission on Continuing Legal Education for 1.5 CLE credit hours. Please note: No more than twelve (12) hours of self-study CLE credit for any biennial reporting period may be earned by an Attorney or Judge under Regulation 409.2. To fulfill CLE requirements for self-study, web-based programs, you must complete 100% of the polling questions during the program. Your hours will be filed electronically within thirty (30) business days by Lorman Education Services provided you fulfilled 100% attendance and polling questions answered.
     
  • OR CLE 1.5
     
  • Approved for 1.5 CLE credits in Oregon.
     
  • PA CLE 1.5
     
  • This Distance Learning program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.5 hours of substantive law, practice and procedure CLE credit.
     
  • RI CLE 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Rhode Island Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission for 1.5 hours of CLE credit.
     
  • TN CLE 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved as a distance learning format by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education for a maximum of 1.5 hours of credit.
     
  • TX MCLE 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of Texas Committee on MCLE in the amount of 1.5 credit hours. Lorman Education Services is an accredited sponsor, approved by the State Bar of Texas, Committee on MCLE. This program has been approved by the Texas State Bar College for 1.5 hours of CLE credit.
     
  • UT CLE 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Utah State Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.5 CLE hours.
     
  • VT CLE 1.5
     
  • This self-study program has been approved by the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board of Vermont for 1.5 hour(s) of CLE credit. Please note: Attorneys may only claim 6 credits per compliance period in this format. This course is considered "Non-Moderated Programming without Interactivity".
     
  • WA CLE 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Washington State Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.5 hours of A/V credit under the Law & Legal Procedure category.
     
  • WI CLE 1.5
     
  • This program qualifies for 1.5 hour(s) of ondemand CLE through the WI Board of Bar Examiners.
     
  • WV MCLE 1.8
     
  • This program has been approved by the West Virginia State Bar MCLE Commission for 1.8 MCLE hours.
     
  • NALA 1.5
     
  • This program is applicable for continuing legal assistant education credit. Please check with your accrediting board to see if this course will qualify towards your recertification requirements. Program Length: 1.5 hour(s).
     
The CLE Code is ONLY a requirement when applying for CLE Credit in New York. Other states do not need to supply the CLE Code to apply for CLE credit.

To earn each credit Lorman offers through the OnDemand learning platform, you need to watch 100% of the program. Also, for certain credits you will need to fulfill additional requirements which will be displayed on the "credits" tab when viewing the course.

This program does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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  • AK CLE 1.5
     
  • Arizona CLE 1.5
     
  • CA MCLE 1.5
     
  • CT CLE 1.5
     
  • HI CLE 1.5
     
  • ME CLE 1.5
     
  • MO CLE 1.8
     
  • NJ CLE 1.8
     
  • NM CLE 1.5
     
  • NY CLE 1.5 including Areas of Professional Practice 1.5
     
  • OR CLE 1.5
     
  • UT CLE 1.5
     
  • VT CLE 1.5
     
  • WA CLE 1.5
     
  • WV MCLE 1.8
     
The CLE Code is ONLY a requirement when applying for CLE Credit in California (for participatory credit), Kansas, New Jersey or New York. Other states do not need to supply the CLE Code to apply for CLE credit.

This program does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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Faculty

Alanna Clair

Alanna Clair

Dentons

  • Attorney at Dentons US LLP in Washington, D.C.
  • Practices in professional liability and law firm defense, as well as commercial litigation and insurance
  • Co-author of Georgia Legal Malpractice Law, 2020, and The Lawyer’s Handbook: Ethics Compliance and Claim Avoidance, 2013, published by American Lawyer Media
  • Frequent writer and lecturer on issues of attorney ethics, legal malpractice, and claim avoidance
  • Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2011-present
  • Graduate, Wellesley College and The University of Michigan Law School
  • Can be contacted at [email protected]
Craig Giometti

Craig Giometti

Dentons

  • Attorney at Dentons US LLP in Washington, D.C.
  • Practices in professional liability and law firm defense, as well as commercial litigation and insurance
  • Writes articles on issues of attorney ethics, legal malpractice, and claim avoidance
  • Graduate, University of Illinois (undergraduate and law school)
  • Can be contacted at [email protected]
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