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Klinedinst PC to Offer Initial Complimentary Legal Ethics Consultations

AHERN Insurance Brokerage is an industry leader in providing customized insurance solutions for law firms. On top of supplying extraordinary services to its clients, AHERN continuously looks for additional opportunities to add value to its clients’ practices.

AHERN has arranged for Klinedinst PC – a leader in the area of ethics, risk management, and the law of lawyering – to provide up to 30 minutes of free legal ethics consultation to its attorney and law firm clients in California, following a conflict of interest check. Klinedinst PC has offices in San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, Sacramento and Seattle.

The attorneys at Klinedinst have decades of experience in advising a wide range of practitioners, from solo and small firms to the largest law firms in the world. The members of the firm’s Legal Ethics and Law Firm Risk Management Team have a deep understanding of the challenges facing the profession and provide succinct, to-the-point guidance on these professional standards. Heather L. Rosing, Chair of the Team, serves as a legal adviser to the Rules Revision Commission of the State Bar of California, which is assisting in rewriting the Rules of Professional Conduct. Dave Majchrzak, Senior Counsel with the firm, is the Vice Chair of the San Diego County Bar Association’s Legal Ethics Committee, and formerly served on the State Bar’s Standing Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct.

No one understands better that ethics issues often arise on a moment’s notice and need to be dealt with promptly. Klinedinst has developed a reputation for its quick response to its professional clients.

AHERN is very excited to offer this valuable resource to its attorney and law firm clients in California.

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Businesses both large and small need to be proactive in order to protect against growing cyber threats. As larger companies take steps to secure their systems, smaller, less secure businesses are becoming increasingly attractive targets for cyber criminals.

We have put together a comprehensive planning guide designed to help employers protect their business, information and customers from cyber threats. We hope you will find this guide useful, as it provides excellent advice on steps your firm can take to help mitigate one of the fastest and most frequent exposures we see come across our desks and those of our underwriting partners.

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Identifying Risky Clients at the Outset

Please join DRI and LawyerGuard® for a complimentary Webinar on November 15th, 2017 that will touch on many different aspects of identifying risky clients, such as different types of risky clients, red flags for identifying risky clients, and types of risky cases. This presentation will also discuss ways to protect the firm through use of various client communication letters.

Who Should Attend

  • Law firms, particularly the individual(s) responsible for risk management within the firm

What You Will Learn

  • How to identify the troublesome client or case
  • How troublesome clients increase your firm’s risk to a malpractice claim
  • What are the red flags of a dishonest client
  • How can client communications letters protect the firm

Webinar seats are limited. Register now!

DATE: Wednesday, November 15, 2017
TIME: 1:00 PM –
 2:00 PM Central

 

Presenters:

Kevin J. Sullivan is the program manager for the LawyerGuard Insurance Program, which provides lawyers’ professional liability insurance to law firms on a nationwide basis. He has over 30 years of professional liability underwriting /management experience, focusing on lawyers’ professional liability since 1995.

 

Thomas P. Sukowicz is a partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, working out of its Ft. Lauderdale, Chicago, and New York City offices. Tom has focused his practice for several years on advising attorneys on ethics and risk management issues and defending lawyers in professional disciplinary proceedings. He previously spent many years as a staff attorney at the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, where he investigated and prosecuted attorneys for professional misconduct.

Spring is the perfect time to take a fresh look at firm practices, including the firm’s prospective client intake procedures. Effectively evaluating a prospective client should determine whether they belong in the “keep” or “toss” box!

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Wildfire season is upon us once again. This article from The Hartford provides some general guidance for building owners with respect to occupying structures that have been subjected to extensive smoke from wildfires, but not involved with the fire itself.

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The risk management landscape for collection attorneys has become more difficult over the past few years, given the explosion of FDCPA lawsuits filed against them.  A silver lining, however, is that the vast majority of these suits are frivolous, and can usually be dismissed in summary fashion.

In connection with law firm malpractice insurance however, these suits can present a trap for the unwary.  It is vital that no matter how “bogus” or “innocuous” such a suit appears (or indeed turns out) to be, each and every one of them must be reported to the firm’s current (and potential future) insurer, for the three major reasons.

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In Palmer v. Superior Court, the court has held that the attorney-client privilege may apply to intra-firm communications with a law firm’s in-house counsel concerning a present client threatening a malpractice claim. Palmer provides guidance on establishing a genuine attorney-client relationship with in-house counsel that enjoys the protection of the privilege should a claim later materialize.

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Social Media use is on the rise. According to Pew Research Center, 52% of online adults now use two or more social media sites. Social media can spread complaints like wildfire. How should you respond to negative social media comments? Read our Tip of the Month for important information on how you can minimize the damaging effects negative social media comments can have on your firm.

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A robust fee agreement can serve as a cornerstone for a successful attorney-client relationship and, if the relationship should turn sour, be a valuable source of protection against unfounded malpractice allegations.

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