Attention Zealous Advocates: Don’t Forget Your Shield – Protecting Your Practice and Avoiding Traps in Legal Ethics and Malpractice Claims

Lauren Nuffort presented at the 2018 Trial Techniques Seminar in Duluth from August 16 to 18, 2018.  She spoke with Danielle Parry from Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance on the topic, “Attention Zealous Advocates: Don’t Forget Your Shield – Protecting Your Practice and Avoiding Traps in Legal Ethics and Malpractice Claims.”

 

Overview:

Claims can, and do, arise against lawyers as a result of inadvertent missteps. This session will address ethical, malpractice, and risk management issues associated with the practice of law today. The speakers will identify malpractice traps that have recently caught Minnesota attorneys by surprise and discus practical ways to minimize each area of concern. Topics covered will include file documentation, maintaining confidentiality, client communication in today’s cyber world, and a look at some of the issues that can arise by dabbling in unfamiliar areas of practice, having a multi-state practice, and an update on a recent Minnesota Supreme Court decision concerning the statute of limitations for legal malpractice claims.

Learning Objectives

  1. Statute of Limitations. The Minnesota Supreme Court’s view about continuous representation given its February 7, 2018 decision in Frederick v. Wallerich.
  2. Breaches. Breach of the standard of care (negligence) versus breach of fiduciary duty in legal malpractice cases; violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct.
  3. A reminder on the consequences of “dabbling” in unfamiliar practice areas.
  4. A refresher on the importance of documenting your file to protect your practice.

 

For more information about the presentation, please contact Lauren Nuffort at 612.336.9308 / lnuffort@lommen.com.