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Ten Best Habits to Avoid Malpractice


Practicing law these days is a little like playing Russian roulette. This program will provide rules that, if followed, will increase your odds of survival. Our experienced panelists will help you identify “red flags” during the client intake process that should alert the lawyer to the risks of a future malpractice claim. The panelists will discuss the most common types of malpractice claims and will give mock presentations on how they defend such claims. Most importantly, they will suggest ten habits that lawyers should follow from the beginning of the representation to the end to avoid a malpractice claim or provide a foundation for the defense if a claim is brought.

About Susan Harriman

Since joining Keker & Van Nest LLP (then Keker & Brockett) in 1985 and becoming a partner in 1989, Susan Harriman has received top honors for her legal services, including in the areas of legal malpractice and other complex business litigation. She is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, listed in five Best Lawyers in America categories including Legal Malpractice Law, named a Leading Trial Lawyer by Legal 500 and one of California’s Top 75 Women Litigators by Daily Journal.  

About ABTL

The ABTL was founded in 1972 to develop a better forum for the discussion of business trials. This included an aggressive effort to promote communication between the bench and bar. Each chapter provides top quality legal education programs in an atmosphere where there can be a frank exchange between bench and bar and an opportunity for old colleagues to meet in a busy world where lunch is no longer the order of the day. In addition, the ABTL is known across the state for their unmatched Annual Seminars, featuring keynote speakers from the bar and the bench: United States Supreme Court, U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and California Supreme Court.