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Why Lawyers Get Sued (and How to Stay Out of Trouble)


Daniel Purcell and his fellow panelists will focus on some common ways that lawyers – both litigators and transactional attorneys at big or small firms or in solo practice - get in trouble with their clients, and the simple things every lawyer can do to reduce the risk of malpractice liability. A panel of experienced malpractice defense and insurance coverage lawyers will cover:

  • The overriding importance of good intake decisions: how to spot red flags and avoid clients and matters that are wrong for your particular practice
  • How to define and manage your client relationships at every stage, from retention through the representation to closing.
  • Spotting and managing the special risks posed by firm mergers or hiring of lateral lawyers (as exemplified by the recent Mattel v. MGA litigation.)
  • Managing these risks through your legal malpractice insurance.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011
MCLE Registration: 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Lunch and Program: 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

BASF Conference Center
301 Battery Street, 3rd Floor

Mr. Purcell has extensive experience in complex civil and criminal litigation, with a particular focus representing companies and individuals accused of professional misconduct, fraud, or racketeering. He has successfully represented companies - large and small - and individuals in RICO, legal malpractice, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, trade secret, trademark, antitrust, and civil rights cases. He has also successfully represented numerous pro bono clients in matters ranging from habeas corpus petitions to Clean Water Act suits.