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9/30/2020 » 10/2/2020
2020 PLDF Annual Meeting

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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.  


Professional Liability Defense Quarterly

The newest issue of the Professional Liability Defense Quarterly, Volume 11, Number 4, has been published and is available for download here. Content in this issue of the Quarterly includes:

  • Handling a Trust Fund Recovery Penalty Case, The Basics. | Written by: Eris Bryan Paul and Justin NolenClark, May, Price, Lawley, Duncan & Paul, LLC, Birmingham, AL
  • Letter from the President | Written by: Lisa TulkKessler Collins, P.C., Dallas, TX
  • The "Case Within" the Broker Malpractice Case | Written by: Michael D. HandlerForsberg & Umlauf, P.S., Seattle, Washington
  • Everybody Wants to Rule the World: Adverse Domination and Legal Malpractice Claims | Written by: Alice SherrenMinnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company, Minneapolis, MN and Donald Patrick EcklerPretzel & Stouffer, Chartered, Chicago, IL
  • The Importance of "Persons Most Knowledgeable" in Defense of Broker Liability Claims | Written by: Frederick J. Fisher, J.D., CCPFisher Consulting Group, Inc., Los Angeles, CA
  • Spotlight on PLDF Women Leaders - Florence N. Lishansky, Esq.CNA Insurance, New York, NY
  • Practicing Well: Know Your Limits | Written by: Patty BeckMinnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company, Minneapolis, MN
  • Recent Developments of Note in Insurance Agent and Broker E&O | Written by: Peter J. BigingGoldberg Segalla, LLP, New York, NY

Professional Liability Defense Survey of Law

We are proud to announce that we will publish the Professional Liability Defense Survey of Law in the first quarter of 2020. The Survey, which will become an annual publication, will feature brief summaries of the most important cases from across the country, in both state and federal courts, including trial and district courts. Our committees have been tasked with identifying the relevant cases and drafting brief, 300-500 word, summaries and to this end we encourage you to volunteer to identify and draft a summary (or two!). 

To get involved with this new publication, we ask that you review our Author Requirements and reach out to the PLDF committee chair and vice chair for the appropriate committee to let them know which case(s) you would like to cover. In order to avoid duplication of effort, case topics are due to the committee chairs by January 15, 2020. Survey submissions are due by January 30, 2020. The Survey will be published electronically in Spring 2020.

Not only will the Survey feature great content but we have also made available opportunities for our members to support the publication with an advertisement. Follow this link to learn more about our Advertising Opportunities.

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