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The Professional Liability Defense Federation™ is a not-for-profit organization designed to bring together attorneys, claims professionals and risk management specialists to share expertise and information helpful to the successful defense of professional liability claims.

Malpractice claims affecting different professions often present common procedural rule and substantive law elements. Although standard of care evidence differs among the professions, skills learned in the defense of one profession are often transferable to others. PLDF’s goal is to harness this expertise in one organization devoted solely to improving the management and defense of professional liability claims. To accomplish its mission PLDF publishes the journal Professional Liability Defense Quarterly, sponsors an annual meeting offering valuable law development seminars and member connection opportunities, offers amicus support in important appellate proceedings, produces news summaries of national malpractice case developments, and facilitates confidential communications among members.  

Association News

Professional Liability Defense Quarterly

The newest issue of the Professional Liability Defense QuarterlyVolume 12, Number 3, has been published and is available for download. Content in this issue of the Quarterly includes:

  • Bostock—A Supreme Civil Rights Victory for the LGBTQ Community | Written by: W. Barry Montgomery, Kalbaugh, Pfund & Messersmith, P.C.
  • Letter from the President | Written by: Lisa Tulk, Kessler Collins, P.C.
  • One River—Two Currents: How the Standard of Care and Day to Day Reality Differ | Written by: Frederick J. Fisher, J.D., CCP, Fisher Consulting Group, Inc
  • Development of At Issue Exception to Attorney-Client Privilege | Written by: Alice M. Sherren, Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company and Donald Patrick Eckler, Pretzel & Stouffer, Chartered
  • Part II—Litigation Funding: Will This Glittering Investment Bring on a Malpractice Gold Rush? | Written by: Andrew P. Carroll, Goldberg Segalla, LLP
  • Paycheck Protection Program — Be Careful What You Wish For? | Written by: Gregg E. Viola and Lauren Marini, Eccleston and Wolf, P.C.
  • Practicing Well: Stick with It! | Written by: Patty Beck, Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company
  • A Professional Liability PARADOX: Why Ministers Can’t Sue, But Can Be Sued | Written by: Robert G. Chadwick, Jr., Seltzer Chadwick Soefje & Ladik, PLLC

If you are interested in writing for the Quarterly, please contact PLDF Managing Director Sandra Wulf at or 309-222-8947.

Legal Malpractice and COVID-19: A Q&A with Two Legal Malpractice Insurance Carriers

May 21, 2020 - With the COVID-19 pandemic impacting public health and the economy worldwide, lawyers should be prepared for how the virus might affect legal malpractice claims within the United States, both in the short term and going forward. Peter Biging of Goldberg Segalla, LLP and Andrew Jones of Furman Kornfeld & Brennan LLP interviewed two legal malpractice carriers about their insights and predictions. The claims professionals sharing their thoughts have significant experience managing legal malpractice claims throughout the country. Molly Teigen and Alice Sherren are both Senior Claim Attorneys at Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company, and Courtney Kasper is a Senior Claims Technical Specialist at QBE North AmericaFollow this link to view the Q&A.

COVID-19 Forum

April 1, 2020 - In the past month, life in this country has changed significantly for nearly every professional. For those that practice law or insure risk, each jurisdiction has set its own course for addressing the spread of the novel coronavirus which has made access to information a critical tool for those practicing medicine, practicing law, keeping the financial system running, and those that insure these professionals.

Being able to quickly determine changes to the insurance regulations, standards of care, and legal process is no easy feat in the current environment. But with members across the country, we’re going to try and compile that information to have available for our members. The PLDF invites you to participate in a new crowd-sourced experiment to compile the most recent orders and regulations on our Covid-19 Forum. We hope that this will help provide a centralized resource for our legal and industry members in these fast-moving times. The forum is organized by state, but we are looking for contributions of any orders or emergency regulations regardless of the level of the issuing governmental agency or court.

As you come across orders and emergency regulations in the areas in which you live or practice, please consider updating with a link to what you’re seeing. It may pertain to suspension of the statute of limitations in a jurisdiction, or an emergency order which affects the standard of care for a medical professional on the front lines. It could be a suspension of all civil trials for a period, or a modification to continuing education deadlines. We are seeing more and more changes on a daily basis that affect insurers and insureds sometimes dramatically.

As the forum fills out, this has the potential to be a valuable resource to our members and their clients. This new forum can be accessed by clicking on the “Resources” tab above and then selecting “Covid-19 Resources”. We have separated information by jurisdiction, and please be sure to subscribe for instant updates from the “Forum Actions” drop down menu for each state you’re interested in to receive notifications of updates or new postings.

If you have any questions or difficulties accessing this new resource, please do not hesitate to let Sandra Wulf, our Managing Director, know ( In the meantime, please stay safe.


Lisa M. Tulk, 2019-2020 PLDF President
Kessler Collins, P.C., Dallas, 214-379-0737

Professional Liability Defense Survey of Law

We are thrilled to announce the publication of our inaugural issue of the annual Professional Liability Defense Survey of Law. The Survey is a compilation of case summaries of the most important cases from across the country. Featured in this issue of the Survey are summaries of cases related to Financial Professionals and Legal Malpractice. 

Our sincere thanks to the following members for their contributions to the Survey of Law:

Editorial Staff

 Donald Patrick Eckler
Pretzel & Stouffer, Chartered
James J. Hunter
Collins Einhorn Farrell PC

Lawyers Professional Liability
Section Editors

Financial Professionals
Section Editors

Megan Zurn
 Jennifer K. Saunders
Haight Brown & Bonesteel LLP
 Courtney Kasper
QBE North America
 J. Peter Glaws
Carr Maloney


John G. Browning
Spencer Fane LLP 
Mark Laughlin
Fraser Stryker 
Jacqueline M. DeLuca
Fraser Stryker 
Douglas W. MacKelcan
Copeland, Stair, Kingma & Lovell, LLP
 Donald Patrick Eckler
Pretzel & Stouffer, Chartered
Michael Masciale
Copeland, Stair, Kingma & Lovell, LLP
G. Patrick HagEstad
HagEstad Law Group, PLLC 
Katherine Marejka
Fraser Stryker
Erin K. Higgins
Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP  
Justin Nolen
Clark, May, Price, Lawley, Duncan & Paul, LLC
James J. Hunter
Collins Einhorn Farrell PC 
Eris Bryan Paul
Clark, May, Price, Lawley, Duncan & Paul, LLC
Stephen J. Huschka
Kessler Collins PC 
 Jennifer K. Saunders
Haight Brown & Bonesteel LLP
 Corinne G. Ivanca
Geraghty, O'Loughlin & Kenney, P.A.
Matthew E. Selmasska
Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck, LLP
Andrew R. Jones
Kornfeld & Brennan LLP
James J. Sipchen
Pretzel & Stouffer, Chartered
Gary S. Kessler
Kessler Collins PC

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