Standing Committee on Lawyers' Professional Liability

The Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability is your source for information on legal malpractice claim statistics, insurance for lawyers, and malpractice prevention tips.

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Fall 2020 National Legal Malpractice Conference

The ABA takes the health and safety of our members and staff seriously. As a result of continued restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability will produce its Fall 2020 National Legal Malpractice Conference in a one-day online format, featuring over 6 hours of CLE and virtual networking. At this meeting, you won’t be limited – you can participate in every session that interests you! Registration will open online soon.

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Ed Mendrzycki Essay Contest

Each year, Law Students and Young Lawyers can enter to win a $5,000 cash prize and trip to the National Legal Malpractice Conference. Submissions are now closed. Check back in Winter 2021 for details on next year's contest.

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Explainer Video Series

Tail Coverage

Everyday lawyers get sued and everyday they file claims with their insurance carrier. But what happens when a claim is filed against you after you leave a firm, if your firm closes, or after you retire? That's what Extended Reporting Periods or "Tail" Coverage are for.

Claims Study Available

The American Bar Association Standing Committee on Lawyers' Professional Liability released data on a cross-section of legal malpractice claims during the period of 2012 - 2015. Profile of Legal Malpractice Claims 2012-2015 seeks to help lawyers reduce malpractice behavior by providing a "snapshot" of malpractice claim activity. The committee surveyed insurers that provide legal malpractice insurance about the number and type of legal malpractice claims received. To request a copy of this publication, please contact Robert Gottfried at robert.gottfried@americanbar.org or 312-988-5754.