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2017 PLDF Annual Meeting

Featured Members
Max J. CohenLowe, Stein, Hoffman Allweiss & Hauver, LLP New Orleans, LA
Ed HattenDukes, Dukes Keating & Faneca, Gulfport, MS

Committees: Lawyers Professional Liability Claims

Lawyers Professional Liability Claims

Committee Chair

Committee Co-Vice Chair

Daniel F. Church, Esq.   Alice M. Sherren, Esq.
Morrow Willnauer Klosterman Church, LLC
8330 Ward Parkway
Suite 300
Kansas City, MO  64114
Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Ins. Co.
333 South 7th Street
Suite 2200
Minneapolis, MN  55402


Committee Co-Vice Chair



William H. Jordan, Esq.

Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC

1310 Gadsden Street
Columbia, SC 29201

Overview of the Committee’s Focus:

Lawyers are not immune from the reach of errors and omissions lawsuits alleging criticism in both litigation and transactional contexts. Legal malpractice claims against attorneys may allege that counsel breached the standard of care applicable to attorneys similarly situated in various contexts including, for example:

• Advice Quality/Accuracy

• Advocacy Strategy

• Conflict of Interest Recognition

• File Attentiveness

• Drafting Preparation

• Investigation Comprehensiveness

• Trial Preparation/Strategy

• Settlement Recommendations

• Deadline Management

Transactional Planning

The members of this Professional Liability Defense Federation™ committee share expertise in the proper management of, and response to, these claims. Issues addressed may include, for example, generalist/specialist distinction significance, fee counterclaim considerations, expert recruitment, e-discovery challenges, and jury presentation strategies that address perceptions of lawyers in general.

Other dimensions of the committee’s interest include third-party exposure, damage control responses, attorney-client relationship allegation challenges, "case within a case” advocacy, client engagement letter (scope of representation) importance, limitations statute triggers, client comparative fault situations, and proximate cause challenges.

Committee members are asked to contribute to article publication, to monitor the PLDF news and respond to member inquiries for assistance, and to assist in annual meeting seminar presentation planning.

Group Feed
Andrew R. Jones posted a new entry in the LPL Claims Blog blog in the group Committees: Lawyers Professional Liability Claims.
Posted Thursday, June 8, 2017
Andrew R. Jones posted a new entry in the LPL Claims Blog blog in the group Committees: Lawyers Professional Liability Claims.
Posted Thursday, May 25, 2017
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Recently Updated Profiles
Elizabeth Whitney JD, Andrew W. Countryman, Shaji Eapen, Ronald L. Green, William Spiegel

Upcoming Events
2017 PLDF Annual Meeting
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Recent Forum Activity
LPL 50-State Privity Survey
Posted by: Andrew R. Jones, Thursday, May 25, 2017
Forum: General Discussion
Use of Analytics in recent Jury Trial help Defense to prevail
Posted by: Daniel F. Church, Monday, April 17, 2017
Forum: General Discussion
Update from the Chair
Posted by: Andrew R. Jones, Thursday, March 23, 2017
Forum: General Discussion
Ripeness question -Free Snickers bar for best answer
Posted by: Andrew R. Jones, Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Forum: General Discussion
Law Firm Accused of "Churning" Wins Appeal in Malpractice Claim
Posted by: Andrew R. Jones, Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Forum: General Discussion
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